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NFU appoints new farming adviser for Cumbria

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.

“I’m looking forward to working with Mike Sanderson in Penrith and NFU members throughout Cumbria, and will also be supporting the work of the North West Livestock Board. “

– Jenny Wallis, NFU County Adviser for Cumbria

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Cumbrian farmers facing financial challenges

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: