For 175 years, Farmers Guardian and its predecessor have been a continuous presence in the ever-changing world of British agriculture, writes Ben Briggs.
Originally launched as the Preston Guardian in 1844, the publication has gone on to chart the course of farming history in three different centuries.
And with today, March 29, meant to be the day the UK exited the EU, we have chosen another seminal date in agriculture’s timeline to reflect on our own journey.
But, as our special 16-page supplement highlights, FG has always been there to cover the major issues of the time, whether it was the repeal of the Corn Laws, the impact of World Wars on food production, the changing face of farm workers and impact of mechanisation, entry to the Common Market, or the end of the Milk Marketing Board, our reporters have provided an accurate account of the times.
As we delve into the FG archives and explore the history of the magazine and wider UK farming, it reveals an industry, landscape and community constantly shaped by change.
Launched as the industrial revolution gathered pace in the 1800s, it is amazing to think of the societal evolution, not to mention agricultural revolution, the Preston Guardian and Farmers Guardian have witnessed.
So now, 175 years after its launch, we continue to take immense pride in the role we play within the industry and are proud to fly the flag for the amazing success story that is British agriculture.