RYEDALE MP Kevin Hollinrake has met with farmers from the district's uplands and lowlands to discuss the issues facing the agricultural industry in the area.

Mr Hollinrake, MP for Thirsk and Malton, visited two farms last weekend. At both meetings several local farmers and representatives from the NFU had the chance to raise questions and ask for help.

Mr Hollinrake said: "I would like to thank all the farmers who attended the meetings and the local NFU who helped organise the day.

"I am most grateful to those who kindly hosted the meetings in their homes. It was good to be able to talk directly about the issues facing such an essential industry for our region.

"Going out onto the farms and driving across the beautiful landscape, especially seeing the views across Bransdale on such a clear day, just emphasised the importance of the work farmers carry out maintaining the land as well as feeding our nation."

At the meetings, farmers told of their experiences of receiving the single farm payment. They also talked about the impact of exiting the EU and reform of direct and indirect support for farmers.

Some of the other topics discussed were flooding, auction marts, sheep tagging, the use of glyphosate, broadband and mobile signals, rural crime and road maintenance on the moors.