75 things you might not
         know
         about

Farmers Weekly
The first issue was published
       on June 22, 1934




           Farmers Weekly
A copy of Farmers Weekly is
 seen towards the start of hit
  film Four Weddings and a
           Funeral.


            Fa...
Today, through print and our
 website we reach more than
 250,000 people each week.



           Farmers Weekly
FW launched a “Send a
 Tonne” to Africa campaign
in 1984, raising £1m for the
famine-hit farmers of Africa


          Far...
Farmers Weekly collated “recipes
  from country housewives” in its
  popular Farmhouse Fare book.
  This first came out in...
In May 2009, FWi had more
 than 4.5m page views from
  more than 250,000 unique
          visitors.



          Farmers W...
The first editor was a Canadian,
      Frank James Prewett.




             Farmers Weekly
Later editors have been
 Malcolm Messer, Travers
Legge, Denis Chamberlain,
 Gary Noble, Ted Fellows
   and Stephen Howe.

...
The first woman editor was
      Jane King, appointed in
.



                2005



              Farmers Weekly
Billed as the “champion of
 British agriculture”, it was
     launched under the
   proprietorship of press
 barons Lord B...
The registered address in
  1934 was 43-44 Shoe
    Lane, London EC4.



          Farmers Weekly
Farmers Weekly Awards night is
 one of the biggest nights in the
     farming calendar – the
  audience attending has grow...
FW stands for five core
 values: Independence,
 authority, challenging,
  forward-looking and
       practical.

         ...
FW Classified department were
   once interrupted taking a
  personal ad over the phone
     from a farmer by the
 underta...
Colour pictures crept into the
  mag for the first time in the
early 1950s – but only in some
    adverts. The magazine
be...
We changed our strap-line to
 “Working For Your Farming
     Future” in 2005.



           Farmers Weekly
By November 1934, weekly
circulation had risen sharply
 to average 75,000 copies.



           Farmers Weekly
Farmers Weekly published
  7220 pages last year.




         Farmers Weekly
FW has a sister title called
  Poultry World, which was
originally established as The
 Fancier’s Gazette in 1874,
 adoptin...
Poultry World has appeared on
 Have I Got News For You as a
     guest publication. One
  headline used was, “Bigger
     ...
The FWiSpace picture
 galleries contain over
 15,985 photos in 331
        galleries.


        Farmers Weekly
FW has the highest circulation
 of any UK agricultural journal
    at 68,897 copies a week
  (meaning we sell a million
 m...
Farmers Weekly now has
  over 1100 followers on
Twitter, including presenter
      Jonathan Ross.


          Farmers Week...
FW was named Business
   Magazine of the Year in
2006 and was shortlisted for
 the same award this year.


          Farme...
The first issue contained an
  article by the-then NFU
  president S O Ratcliff.



           Farmers Weekly
S O Ratcliff was the great
   grandfather’s brother of the
 current Machinery Editor, David
 Cousins (who, having been wit...
ICI and Massey were among
 the first advertisers in 1934.




            Farmers Weekly
FW has always been known
 as “the yellow peril” due to
   the colour of its cover.



           Farmers Weekly
Because of our high pass-on
 readership, we have about
   190,000 readers every
           week.


           Farmers Week...
Our website, FWi, was
launched 12 years ago.




        Farmers Weekly
We once had a reader who
  was buried with a pile of
FWs under his head so that
he’d have something to read
       in the ...
If you wanted to contact FW
  in the early days, you could
    have sent a telegram to:
        Farmweekli, Lud.


       ...
The type faces used in FW
  are Garamond BE and
Conduit. The FW logo type
       is Zine Sans.


         Farmers Weekly
In the livestock prices
 reported in the first issue,
 first quality finished cattle
were making 39.0 s per cwt
    livewe...
Graham Harvey, the
agricultural story editor for
The Archers, used to work
          for FW.


           Farmers Weekly
FW’s sister magazine Crops
  was the first agricultural
 publication to be printed in
           colour.


           Farm...
FW is part of Reed Business
 Information, which is part of
  Reed Elsevier, a FTSE100
   company, with over 200
     locat...
FW has a fan page on
Facebook with more than
      3400 fans.



        Farmers Weekly
The first issue of FW to have
  a picture, rather than an
  advert, on the front cover
   was produced on 2 Oct
          ...
A farmer once called the
office asking if we could run
an obituary of his sheepdog.



           Farmers Weekly
Kate Humble, Fiona Bruce, Jon
 Culshaw, Clare Balding, John
Torode, Jimmy Doherty, Sophie
  Wessex and the cast of The
  A...
David Richardson has been writing
 a column since 1992. Prior to that
  he wrote a column in Big Farm
  Weekly (1976-1992)...
FW helped set up The Farm
  Holiday Bureau in 1983,
 which later became Farm
         Stay UK.


          Farmers Weekly
On average 10 new people
    sign up to use the
FWiSpace forums and blogs
     every single day.


         Farmers Weekly
Radio 1 once said that FW
was the best read magazine
         in the loo.



          Farmers Weekly
There have been 61 winners
 and 183 finalists in the FW
  Awards since they were
     launched in 2005.


           Farme...
In 1984, when FW was celebrating
  its 50th anniversary, the UK feed
   wheat price for the week ending
   June 28 was £13...
Ronnie Barker was spotted
reading a copy in Porridge.




          Farmers Weekly
Farmers Weekly once
produced a special edition
  in French, which was
 handed out at the Paris
         Show.

         Fa...
In the 1930s, the paper was
   promoted on advertising
    hoardings at Piccadilly
           Circus.


           Farmers...
Farmers Weekly’s staff
photographer Jonathan Page has
  clocked up more than three-
quarters of a million miles on the
roa...
Articles and exchanges of
  letters in FW were one of
the driving forces behind the
establishment of the Tenant
    Farmer...
The stories of the FW Awards
 winners reaches more than
  10m people each year via
  national and regional TV,
       radi...
Robert Davies, FW’s Wales
   correspondent, has been
 contributing for more than 43
years – his first day was at the
Smith...
Prince Charles is a regular
 reader and has written for
         the title.



          Farmers Weekly
FW Classified carries 30,000
  ads a year varying from
   million pound estates
    through £100,000+
  combines to £2 pal...
FW ran its own farms for
many years – among them
 Conrick in Dumfriesshire
and Curworthy in Devon.


         Farmers Week...
One-time FW journalist Barry
 Spikings went on to become
    an Oscar-winning film
  producer, working on The
 Deer Hunter...
FW also ran Easton Lodge in
 Lincolnshire. John Lambkin
  became manager there in
    1974, retiring in 2007.


          ...
Also among the FW farms
 was Vimer in Normandy,
  France, which Tim and
Chrissie Green have farmed
        since 1983.

  ...
FW publishes a round-up of
  land prices in Farmland
    Market twice a year.



          Farmers Weekly
One of FW’s most popular
competitions ever was “Spot the
  Dog”, where a sheepdog was
  airbrushed out of a photo and
 rea...
FW used to publish a sister
title called Big Farm Weekly.




           Farmers Weekly
FW was based on Fleet
Street for a spell, moving to
 Surrey in the mid-1970s.



           Farmers Weekly
It appeared on the BBC
sitcom The Green Green
         Grass.



        Farmers Weekly
Articles are frequently quoted
  in the House of Commons
   and the House of Lords.



            Farmers Weekly
A year’s subscription in 1934
  was 13 shillings delivered
   by post – at the time FW
    described itself as “the
    ne...
There has traditionally been a
saying in agriculture that the three
  most influential figures in the
   industry are the ...
When FW was launched, the
 most popular tractor was a
 Fordson Standard costing
        just £156.


           Farmers We...
One of the questions FW
journalists get asked most
is: Are you from a farming
  background? Most can
       answer: Yes.

...
Readers still refer fondly to
one-time columnist, farmer-
cum-author A G Street, who
       died in 1966.


           Far...
Video footage from key industry
  events is available on FWi –
    we’ve made short films of
  everything from Cereals and...
In 1984 the circulation of FW was
    more than 120,000, but our
  penetration of farmer-readers is
   now higher than it ...
FW is read around the world,
including, to name just a few of
    the places you may not
 expect, The Falkland Islands,
  ...
Farmers sent us 1700
  pictures last year for our
harvest highlights gallery on
        the website.


           Farmers ...
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  1. 1. 75 things you might not know about Farmers Weekly
  2. 2. The first issue was published on June 22, 1934 Farmers Weekly
  3. 3. A copy of Farmers Weekly is seen towards the start of hit film Four Weddings and a Funeral. Farmers Weekly
  4. 4. Today, through print and our website we reach more than 250,000 people each week. Farmers Weekly
  5. 5. FW launched a “Send a Tonne” to Africa campaign in 1984, raising £1m for the famine-hit farmers of Africa Farmers Weekly
  6. 6. Farmers Weekly collated “recipes from country housewives” in its popular Farmhouse Fare book. This first came out in 1935 and was re-published many times, selling hundreds of thousands of copies. Farmers Weekly
  7. 7. In May 2009, FWi had more than 4.5m page views from more than 250,000 unique visitors. Farmers Weekly
  8. 8. The first editor was a Canadian, Frank James Prewett. Farmers Weekly
  9. 9. Later editors have been Malcolm Messer, Travers Legge, Denis Chamberlain, Gary Noble, Ted Fellows and Stephen Howe. Farmers Weekly
  10. 10. The first woman editor was Jane King, appointed in . 2005 Farmers Weekly
  11. 11. Billed as the “champion of British agriculture”, it was launched under the proprietorship of press barons Lord Beaverbrook and Lord Rothermere. Farmers Weekly
  12. 12. The registered address in 1934 was 43-44 Shoe Lane, London EC4. Farmers Weekly
  13. 13. Farmers Weekly Awards night is one of the biggest nights in the farming calendar – the audience attending has grown from 400 to 1200 people in five years. Farmers Weekly
  14. 14. FW stands for five core values: Independence, authority, challenging, forward-looking and practical. Farmers Weekly
  15. 15. FW Classified department were once interrupted taking a personal ad over the phone from a farmer by the undertakers coming to collect his deceased wife. Farmers Weekly
  16. 16. Colour pictures crept into the mag for the first time in the early 1950s – but only in some adverts. The magazine became full colour throughout in the 1990s. Farmers Weekly
  17. 17. We changed our strap-line to “Working For Your Farming Future” in 2005. Farmers Weekly
  18. 18. By November 1934, weekly circulation had risen sharply to average 75,000 copies. Farmers Weekly
  19. 19. Farmers Weekly published 7220 pages last year. Farmers Weekly
  20. 20. FW has a sister title called Poultry World, which was originally established as The Fancier’s Gazette in 1874, adopting its present title in 1908. Farmers Weekly
  21. 21. Poultry World has appeared on Have I Got News For You as a guest publication. One headline used was, “Bigger birds lay better”. Farmers Weekly
  22. 22. The FWiSpace picture galleries contain over 15,985 photos in 331 galleries. Farmers Weekly
  23. 23. FW has the highest circulation of any UK agricultural journal at 68,897 copies a week (meaning we sell a million more copies a year than our nearest competitor). Farmers Weekly
  24. 24. Farmers Weekly now has over 1100 followers on Twitter, including presenter Jonathan Ross. Farmers Weekly
  25. 25. FW was named Business Magazine of the Year in 2006 and was shortlisted for the same award this year. Farmers Weekly
  26. 26. The first issue contained an article by the-then NFU president S O Ratcliff. Farmers Weekly
  27. 27. S O Ratcliff was the great grandfather’s brother of the current Machinery Editor, David Cousins (who, having been with FW for more than 25 years is the longest serving full-time member of the team). Farmers Weekly
  28. 28. ICI and Massey were among the first advertisers in 1934. Farmers Weekly
  29. 29. FW has always been known as “the yellow peril” due to the colour of its cover. Farmers Weekly
  30. 30. Because of our high pass-on readership, we have about 190,000 readers every week. Farmers Weekly
  31. 31. Our website, FWi, was launched 12 years ago. Farmers Weekly
  32. 32. We once had a reader who was buried with a pile of FWs under his head so that he’d have something to read in the afterlife. Farmers Weekly
  33. 33. If you wanted to contact FW in the early days, you could have sent a telegram to: Farmweekli, Lud. Farmers Weekly
  34. 34. The type faces used in FW are Garamond BE and Conduit. The FW logo type is Zine Sans. Farmers Weekly
  35. 35. In the livestock prices reported in the first issue, first quality finished cattle were making 39.0 s per cwt liveweight at Ashford market. Farmers Weekly
  36. 36. Graham Harvey, the agricultural story editor for The Archers, used to work for FW. Farmers Weekly
  37. 37. FW’s sister magazine Crops was the first agricultural publication to be printed in colour. Farmers Weekly
  38. 38. FW is part of Reed Business Information, which is part of Reed Elsevier, a FTSE100 company, with over 200 locations worldwide. Farmers Weekly
  39. 39. FW has a fan page on Facebook with more than 3400 fans. Farmers Weekly
  40. 40. The first issue of FW to have a picture, rather than an advert, on the front cover was produced on 2 Oct 1992 Farmers Weekly
  41. 41. A farmer once called the office asking if we could run an obituary of his sheepdog. Farmers Weekly
  42. 42. Kate Humble, Fiona Bruce, Jon Culshaw, Clare Balding, John Torode, Jimmy Doherty, Sophie Wessex and the cast of The Archers are just some of the celebrity guests who have attended the FW Awards. Farmers Weekly
  43. 43. David Richardson has been writing a column since 1992. Prior to that he wrote a column in Big Farm Weekly (1976-1992) and had a monthly column in Big Farm Management from 1968 to 1976. Farmers Weekly
  44. 44. FW helped set up The Farm Holiday Bureau in 1983, which later became Farm Stay UK. Farmers Weekly
  45. 45. On average 10 new people sign up to use the FWiSpace forums and blogs every single day. Farmers Weekly
  46. 46. Radio 1 once said that FW was the best read magazine in the loo. Farmers Weekly
  47. 47. There have been 61 winners and 183 finalists in the FW Awards since they were launched in 2005. Farmers Weekly
  48. 48. In 1984, when FW was celebrating its 50th anniversary, the UK feed wheat price for the week ending June 28 was £132.90/t ex-farm, while feed barley was changing hands for £121.70/t. Farmers Weekly
  49. 49. Ronnie Barker was spotted reading a copy in Porridge. Farmers Weekly
  50. 50. Farmers Weekly once produced a special edition in French, which was handed out at the Paris Show. Farmers Weekly
  51. 51. In the 1930s, the paper was promoted on advertising hoardings at Piccadilly Circus. Farmers Weekly
  52. 52. Farmers Weekly’s staff photographer Jonathan Page has clocked up more than three- quarters of a million miles on the road visiting farms during his 20- year stint in the job. Farmers Weekly
  53. 53. Articles and exchanges of letters in FW were one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the Tenant Farmers Association. Farmers Weekly
  54. 54. The stories of the FW Awards winners reaches more than 10m people each year via national and regional TV, radio and press. Farmers Weekly
  55. 55. Robert Davies, FW’s Wales correspondent, has been contributing for more than 43 years – his first day was at the Smithfield Show in December 1965. Farmers Weekly
  56. 56. Prince Charles is a regular reader and has written for the title. Farmers Weekly
  57. 57. FW Classified carries 30,000 ads a year varying from million pound estates through £100,000+ combines to £2 pallets. Farmers Weekly
  58. 58. FW ran its own farms for many years – among them Conrick in Dumfriesshire and Curworthy in Devon. Farmers Weekly
  59. 59. One-time FW journalist Barry Spikings went on to become an Oscar-winning film producer, working on The Deer Hunter starring Robert De Niro. Farmers Weekly
  60. 60. FW also ran Easton Lodge in Lincolnshire. John Lambkin became manager there in 1974, retiring in 2007. Farmers Weekly
  61. 61. Also among the FW farms was Vimer in Normandy, France, which Tim and Chrissie Green have farmed since 1983. Farmers Weekly
  62. 62. FW publishes a round-up of land prices in Farmland Market twice a year. Farmers Weekly
  63. 63. One of FW’s most popular competitions ever was “Spot the Dog”, where a sheepdog was airbrushed out of a photo and readers had to guess where its nose would have been. Farmers Weekly
  64. 64. FW used to publish a sister title called Big Farm Weekly. Farmers Weekly
  65. 65. FW was based on Fleet Street for a spell, moving to Surrey in the mid-1970s. Farmers Weekly
  66. 66. It appeared on the BBC sitcom The Green Green Grass. Farmers Weekly
  67. 67. Articles are frequently quoted in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Farmers Weekly
  68. 68. A year’s subscription in 1934 was 13 shillings delivered by post – at the time FW described itself as “the newspaper of the soil”. Farmers Weekly
  69. 69. There has traditionally been a saying in agriculture that the three most influential figures in the industry are the Minister of Agriculture, the president of the NFU and the editor of FW. Farmers Weekly
  70. 70. When FW was launched, the most popular tractor was a Fordson Standard costing just £156. Farmers Weekly
  71. 71. One of the questions FW journalists get asked most is: Are you from a farming background? Most can answer: Yes. Farmers Weekly
  72. 72. Readers still refer fondly to one-time columnist, farmer- cum-author A G Street, who died in 1966. Farmers Weekly
  73. 73. Video footage from key industry events is available on FWi – we’ve made short films of everything from Cereals and the Royal Show to farmers doing a Full Monty-style strip. Farmers Weekly
  74. 74. In 1984 the circulation of FW was more than 120,000, but our penetration of farmer-readers is now higher than it was then, a reflection on the fall in the numbers involved in agriculture and the size of holdings. Farmers Weekly
  75. 75. FW is read around the world, including, to name just a few of the places you may not expect, The Falkland Islands, Iceland, Guyane, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago. Farmers Weekly
  76. 76. Farmers sent us 1700 pictures last year for our harvest highlights gallery on the website. Farmers Weekly
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