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Farming in the UK has changed beyond recognition over John Latham’s lifetime. In the 1930s farm production was much lower than it is today and profits were more difficult to achieve. During the Second World War combine harvesters were introduced to increase productivity and reduce the need for imports. Post-war subsidies meant that farming changed through the use of chemicals and machinery; this was the birth of agribusiness. In recent years John has increased profits on his farm by joining forces with other farms in the area to cut costs.
This clip is from:
Mud, Sweat and Tractors
First broadcast:
8 March 2012

Classroom Ideas

Can be used to discuss why farmers are changing their traditional farming methods to agri-businesses. Pupils can then create a leaflet looking at the positive aspects of farming in this way, taking into account competition from the global market.

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