Winning praise from many within farming, Farmers Guardian editor Ben Briggs wrote in his weekly leader column within the paper how the programme had brought farming alive to an urban audience.
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"It is fair to say a lot of farmers have not always been hugely impressed by the BBC’s coverage of agriculture – until now perhaps.
"Past criticisms of its flagship rural show Countryfile often centred on how many farmers felt it showcased wider rural issues, not agriculture, and led some to brand it ‘Towniefile’.
"When I raised this on Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show last year, the ensuing headlines in some national newspapers about farming’s disdain for the show no doubt made many outside the industry chuckle.
"More seriously, however, was prior criticism of the BBC’s rural coverage by its own trustees, who claimed it too often viewed farming through the prism of environmentalism.
"How refreshing then that the BBC has shone an extended light on the realities of agriculture and the people who make it tick via its BBC2 show This Farming Life, which came to an end this week.
"By highlighting that farming is (shock horror) full of real people, passionate businesspeople and larger than life characters who play a pivotal role in their farms and wider communities, it has done much to debunk many of the stereotypes and preconceived notions the wider public has about the industry.
"When, in one episode, a farmer headed out into a force 11 gale to find his Highland Cattle, it struck me many urban dwellers might be more familiar with pictures of the moon than they are with the extremes farming sometimes presents.
"By showing the realities of farming, maybe the ‘us and them’ divide between rural and urban can be bridged and, crucially, the show’s popularity also proves a wider audience is ready to buy into the people behind the food they eat. This could be a powerful promotional tool in itself.
"So, as much as it might seem strange for me to say it, all credit to the BBC for putting farming front and centre and in the public eye."
- Ben Briggs, editor
April 1, 2016