Festival talks by Graham Harvey

27. THE ONCE AND FUTURE FARM: THE LONG VIEW

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Today farmers face unprecedented changes, exacerbated by Britain’s uncertain relationship with Europe. In this highly topical event, our experts will discuss how farming has survived revolutions and reformations from the end of the 19th century to the present, and what can be done to ensure our mutual future prosperity.

Chair: James Holland

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18. THE ARCHERS, FARMING AND THE END OF AGRARIANISM

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The popularity of The Archers in its early days surprised everyone, not least the BBC. In those grey years of austerity after the war many people dreamt of an escape to a small farm in the country. But the programme was quietly backing a government agenda to modernise farming. Graham Harvey, the programme’s former agricultural advisor, will question whether The Archers is destroying the very world it portrayed.

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