- NY Estates pulled out of Home Farm. The manor went on the market.
- Annie Sugden became hooked on tranquilisers and locked herself away at Emmerdale.
- May, Sandie Merrick left Beckindale to join her father Tom in Scotland.
- July, local tyrant and Home Farm manager Dennis Rigg was crushed by a bull at an Emmerdale Farm shed.
- August, Jackie Merrick accidentally shot himself when trying to hunt a fox.
- August, Rev Hinton retired to Coventry.
- September, Annie Sugden took up dancing.
- November, Frank Tate bought Home Farm and him and his wife Kim, and his children Chris and Zoe moved in.
- December, Matt Skilbeck left Beckindale to live in Norfolk.
The final episode of "Emmerdale Farm" episode 1402 was transmitted on the 9th November 1989. The following episode, episode 1403 was titled just "Emmerdale" and was broadcast on the 14th November 1989. From then on Emmerdale Farm gradually became less involved in the show's storylines as Home Farm and the village took focus over storylines. New opening and closing credits were aired to coincide with the word "Farm" being dropped from the title.