Farmers Weekly is a magazine aimed at the British farming industry. It provides news; business features; a weekly digest of facts and figures about British, European and world agriculture; and livestock, arable and machinery sections with reports on technical developments, farm sales and analysis of prices.

Farmers Weekly
EditorKarl Schneider
Former editorsJane King
CategoriesTrade magazine
FrequencyWeekly
Total circulation44,000
First issueJune 22, 1934; 85 years ago (1934-06-22)
CompanyReed Business Information
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based inSutton
LanguageEnglish
Websitewww.fwi.co.uk
ISSN0014-8474

History and profileEdit

The first issue of The Farmers Weekly was on 22 June 1934, costing 2d.[1] It claimed to be a newspaper of the soil and aimed to increase agricultural production in the United Kingdom.[1] The magazine is published weekly on Fridays, typically 51 times per year.[2] Farmers Weekly has published books including Farmhouse Fare (1935) and Home Made Country Wines (1955), both consisting of recipes contributed by readers of the magazine.

In the 1930s, Farmers Weekly average circulation per issue was 100,000 copies.[3] In 2004, it had an average circulation of 77,233;[2] by 2013, this had fallen to 59,328;[4] in 2018, average circulation was 44,023 per issue.[5]

Farmers Weekly Interactive (FWi) is the online home of Farmers Weekly, with 623,231 unique visitors per month visiting the FWi website.[6]

Related events include the Farmers Weekly Awards (which celebrates British agriculture and features influential farmers),[7] Soils In Practice, and Ag Careers Live. The publisher also runs projects including Farmers Apprentice (first launched in 2012 and run bi-annually), the Young Farmers Festival and Britain's Fittest Farmer competition, which was launched in March 2019 and highlights the need for farmers to take time out to focus on their physical health and mental wellbeing.[8]

Farmers Weekly is part of Proagrica, which includes other products such as "Farmplan", "Sirrus" and other precision agriculture software. Proagrica is owned by Reed Business Information and is based in Sutton in Surrey.[9] In December 2019, RBI announced plans to sell the magazine title, website and related platforms, events and awards to MA Agriculture Limited, part of the Mark Allen Group.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "The life and times of Farmers Weekly". Farmers Weekly. Reed Business Information Limited. 7 January 2005. Archived from the original on 13 August 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  2. ^ a b The Europa World Year: Kazakhstan – Zimbabwe. Taylor & Francis Group. 2004. p. 4378. ISBN 978-1-85743-255-8. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  3. ^ Farmhouse Fare: A Cookery Book of Country Dishes : collected by The Farmers Weekly. London: Farmers Weekly. 1935. p. 2.
  4. ^ "Business magazines circulation certificate January 2013 to December 2013 : Farmers Weekly" (PDF). Reed Business Information Limited. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Business magazines circulation certificate January 2018 to December 2018 : Farmers Weekly" (PDF). Reed Business Information Limited. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Advertise your product on FWi | Farmers Weekly Media Centre". Media Centre. Retrieved 2019-10-18.
  7. ^ "BBC One – The Farmer's Country Showdown – Farm Worker Awards". BBC. 2018.
  8. ^ "Are You As Fit As Britain's Fittest Farmer?". Coach. Retrieved 2019-10-18.
  9. ^ "Contact us – Farmers Weekly". Farmers Weekly. Reed Business Information Limited.
  10. ^ Cotton, Barney (2 January 2020). "MARK ALLEN GROUP TO ACQUIRE FARMERS WEEKLY". Business Leader. Retrieved 7 January 2020.

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