Farmers in Northumberland have a new friendly face to turn to for advice.
Samantha Davies, who lives on a mixed farm near Ponteland, has been appointed the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) County Adviser.
I was lucky in my role with Lloyds to have had the farming brief, but it will be great to be able to focus 100 per cent on farming.Samantha Davies, NFU County Adviser
She is already familiar to many in the sector, having spent the last four years working on the local agricultural team for Lloyds Bank.
Now her role will see her working closely with the farming community to identify issues that the NFU can help to address, encourage member participation and provide specialist information and advice.
She will also take the lead on livestock issues for the NFU North East region.
Miss Davies said: “I was lucky in my role with Lloyds to have had the farming brief, but it will be great to be able to focus 100 per cent on farming.
“I already know a lot of farmers in the patch and I know that they will help me find my feet quickly. But there are a lot of issues to get to grips with so I will be working hard initially to get a feel for how these things are affecting our members locally.
“Of course, I join just as we are gearing up for the General Election so I’m sure one of my first tasks will be to help arrange local hustings events and possibly some on-farm meetings with would-be MPs.”
She added: “We have a lot of livestock farmers in Northumberland and North Durham so I’m sure I will be kept busy working on a range of key issues, from sheep ID to farm assurance, and of course Bovine TB.”