Jenny Willis has been appointed as NFU County Adviser for Cumbria.
She is covering for Helen Forrester while she is on maternity leave and will be based at the NFU’s Penrith office on Cromwell Road.
She will work every week from Monday through to Thursday.
Fellow Cumbria County Adviser Mike Sanderson will work Thursday afternoons and all day on a Friday.
The chairman of the National Farmers' Union in Cumbria, who steps down next week, says he's very optimistic about the future of the industry in the region.
Alan Dickinson, who has held the post for two years, says it's been a difficult period for farmers but he believes the industry is in a good place to face whatever challenges lie ahead.
Tim Backshall reports.
A farming charity say that the number of Cumbrian farmers coming to them for emergency aid has almost trebled since this time last year.
The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution believe that many small farms are struggling to stay afloat after last year's heavy rain ruined crops and flooded grazing land.
George McGimpsey from the National Farmers Union of Scotland explains why farmers are having a tough time: