How Has Farming Changed Since the UK was Last Outside the EU?

UK farming will soon be operating outside the European Union for the first time since we joined the, then, EEC in 1973. In preparation for its round of Spring Seminars, Andersons the Farm Business Consultants have looked into the archives to compare UK farming 46 years ago with today’s sector. The table below shows some key indicators for the agricultural sector. (All financial figures are in real terms at 2017 prices.)

At the farm level, the industry is smaller in monetary terms and less profitable (although land values are much higher). However, the wider food chain has done an impressive job in boosting food exports and feeding households cheaply. Food self-sufficiency has not changed greatly. For those advocating a completely free-trade approach to food after Brexit, it is interesting that food self-sufficiency was close to 30% in the 1930s – the last time it was tried. The industry is also doing ‘more with less’, in terms of people, land and animals.

Clearly, UK farming is a very different industry to that of the early 1970’s. However, there is also an argument that being part of the Common Agricultural Policy for 40 plus years has held the sector back from what it might have achieved. The next decade or two seems set to unleash even greater change.

There is some trepidation about what the future might hold for farming. One of the ways to reduce uncertainty is to gain the best understanding of the current situation and possible future direction. Andersons are running a series of Seminars at thirteen venues around Great Britain in March, looking at the prospects for UK agriculture in greater detail. This includes the opportunities post-Brexit and the issues the sector needs to tackle, whatever sort of Brexit emerges. For more information please go to


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Author: Richard King

Date: 13th February 2019

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Andersons’ Greening Factsheet 2018

Greening will remain a key part of the BPS until the scheme ends. Andersons’ 2018 Greening Factsheet is accessible by clicking here.

The 2018 scheme year has seen a number of rule changes that applicants need to be aware of. These include; 

  • Restrictions on applying Plant Protection Products (PPP) on Ecological Focus Areas (EFA) land, and also restrictions on some field operations on EFA fallow
  • Removal of the 30Ha limit on Greening derogations
  • Weighting of Nitrogen Fixing Crops (NFC) for EFA increased to 1.0 from 0.7
  • An extension to the period Catch Crops must be in place

More details on these are given in the 2018 Greening Factsheet.

The Andersons Centre acquires InsideTrack

The Andersons Centre is delighted to announce its acquisition of InsideTrack, the highly-respected publication aimed at keeping the UK arable sector informed on the latest economic, policy and environmental developments.

InsideTrack will be compiled by The Andersons Centre’s Research Team, headed-up by Richard King, who commented that “InsideTrack has established a strong reputation for providing in-depth and independent analysis of the key developments affecting the UK’s arable sector. Over the years, it has provided an original and thought-provoking perspective and The Andersons Centre is excited to be taking on its production”.

Michael Haverty, Senior Agricultural Economist at The Andersons Centre, will be responsible for editing the magazine and stated that “it is an honour to take-on the editing of InsideTrack and we are looking forward to continuing the great work that Simon Ward and his team have undertaken over the years. We are also committed to ensuring that InsideTrack continues to inform its readers by covering the issues in an unbiased manner whilst also providing unique insight into the factors that influence the viability and profitability of the arable sector.”

The Andersons Centre is keen for InsideTrack to continue to offer an independent perspective on arable matters over the coming years, which promise to be momentous for UK agriculture, and will also be developing new focus areas for the magazine including agri-tech and insights on international market opportunities.

About The Andersons Centre:

The Andersons Centre provides market-leading advice and business information to the agricultural, rural and food sectors. Its business is built around a team of farm business and research consultants with a wealth of knowledge and experience in all areas of agriculture and its associated industries. As well as providing agricultural consultancy and farm business advice, The Andersons Centre also works with companies trading with farmers, the Public Sector and other rural professionals throughout the UK and Northern Europe. The Andersons Centre’s experienced Research Team is proud of its ability to understand the implications of policy, including the latest information on CAP Reform and the implications of Brexit for UK agriculture. It produces a number of regular bulletins, undertakes research projects and edits two agricultural costings books.

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About InsideTrack:

InsideTrack covers a wide variety of issues relating to arable agriculture including the Common Agricultural Policy, commodities markets and trade, European matters including Brexit, rural development, environmental issues, renewable energy, crop science and agri-tech. It is used as a reference source by agricultural advisers and consultants, distributors, grain marketers, lawyers and leading farming businesses and is based on primary information sources from the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. Ten issues are produced per year plus supplements, as appropriate.

For further information, please visit

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