Farmers Guardian has witnessed vast change over the past 175 years, both in terms of the wider industry and its own evolution.
Its first incarnation, as the Preston Guardian, had puritanical foundations, established as it was in 1844 by Joseph Livesey, a temperance campaigner and moral reformer.
The Preston Guardian soon built a vibrant agricultural classified section covering the Lancashire town and the central and western areas of the county.
And it was this strong commercial standing which would form the basis of Farmers Guardian, formally launched in 1958.
From the 1950s until now, Farmers Guardian has sought to chart the changes in British agriculture, guided by a series of owners, from Mr Livesey, to fellow teetotaller George Toulmin in the late 1850s, through to being part of United Provincial Newspapers in the second half of the 20th century.
With circulation of the newspaper on the rise, by 2012 Farmers Guardian was part of United Business Media when it was bought by its current owner, AgriBriefing, which has become the pre-eminent operator of agricultural titles, shows and data sources in the UK.
From its start as a broadsheet newspaper, through to tabloid format and its current incarnation as a magazine and vibrant online hub (FGinsight.com), FG has sought to cover the news, provide technical and sales information and entertain its readers since its launch in 1844.
With a number of hard-hitting campaigns under its belt, exemplified recently by the Take The Lead livestock worrying campaign, it has always been the voice of the farming community and has grown to have a national readership over the past 25 years.
FG editor Ben Briggs said: “It is great to celebrate our proud history and to think of how much agriculture has changed over 174 years is a remarkable thing.”
Our 175th celebrations will run for the remainder of the year, with monthly features focusing on different aspects of the farming industry, and ending with another special supplement in December which will not just reflect on where agriculture has been, but where it is heading.