Clarkson and his positive effect on UK Farming
- Green Activism
- Published on February 19
Farming in the UK
Farming has always been an integral part of the British economy, with many farming families and businesses having been established for generations. But in recent years, farming has become increasingly difficult due to changing weather patterns, market fluctuations and competition from imported foods.
Enter Jeremy Clarkson, the British presenter who achieved fame for his motoring show Top Gear and later went on to host his own farming-focused TV series ‘Clarkson’s Farm’. The show ran for two seasons and showcased how farming is done in the UK, with Clarkson taking viewers through the farming process and incorporating a lot of fun along the way.
The show had a huge impact on farming in the UK, bringing farming to a larger audience than ever before. It showcased how farming is done today and promoted farming-related businesses and innovations. The farming industry was able to reach a wider audience, leading to increased interest in farming and more people willing to invest in the farming industry.
The show was a hit with viewers, achieving an average of over 6 million viewers per episode.
Clarkson reportedly made around £1.5 million per episode for the two-season run of Clarkson's Farm.
In addition to increasing awareness of farming in the UK, Clarkson’s Farm also brought attention to farming subsidies granted by the European Union. These subsidies helped farmers stay afloat despite difficult economic times, and they are a major source of income for many farming families. Clarkson’s Farm highlighted the importance of these subsidies, making viewers more aware of their impact on farming in the UK.
The farming industry in the UK relied heavily on subsidies from the European Union, which provided financial support to farmers and various farming-related initiatives. The EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was a vital part of farming in the UK, with subsidies accounting for around 80% of farm income on average.
This can vary depending on the farming business, but on average it is estimated that a farming business in the UK used to receive around £20,000 per year in subsidies from the European Union.
The UK's farming subsidies ended when the country was no longer a member of the European Union. As Clarkson demonstrated, it is still unclear what kind of farming support measures or schemes would be put in place by the UK government.
The Tory government has been critical of farming subsidies, calling them ‘inefficient’ and claiming that they are ‘distorting the market’. They have proposed reducing farming subsidies by around 20%, which would have a significant impact on many farming businesses in the UK. The debate is still out as to what these exact numbers would look like but it's clear, farms are having to rethink or die.
The UK Minister for Agriculture is George Eustice MP. He has previously spoken out in support of farming subsidies, arguing that they are essential for farming businesses to stay competitive and help safeguard the livelihoods of farming families. In recent years, he has advocated for a more targeted approach to farming subsidies, aiming to reduce reliance on EU-funded farming support as the UK moves away from EU membership. He has also argued for an increase in farming investment, with a focus on research and development to help farmers become more sustainable and productive.
Eustice believes that farming subsidies play an important role in supporting the farming industry, but he is also deeply committed to making farming more resilient and profitable in the long term. He has advocated for farming businesses to take advantage of new technologies and digital innovations, such as robotics and automation, that can help them become more efficient and profitable. Ultimately, Eustice believes farming subsidies must be one part of a larger strategy that helps farming remain sustainable and prosperous in the future.
In conclusion, farming in the UK has changed significantly over the past few decades, particularly due to farming subsidies granted by the European Union. Clarkson's Farm was successful in bringing attention to farming issues and increasing awareness of farming in the UK. The farming industry is now facing significant challenges due to reduced subsidies post-Brexit, with farming businesses having to rethink their operations. However, the UK Minister for Agriculture, George Eustice MP, is advocating for a more targeted approach to farming subsidies and increased farming investment to help farmers become more resilient and profitable in the future. Ultimately, farming subsidies must be considered part of a larger strategy that supports farming in the UK.