Jeremy Clarkson a ‘hero’ for farmers after showing how hard farming really is

JEREMY Clarkson is considered a hero by farmers for his work in bringing the reality of farming to viewers of his Amazon Prime show Clarkson’s Farm, The temperature reported.

Speaking last weekend The temperature and Sunday opening hours Cheltenham Literary Festival, farmer and author James Rebanks said: “I can report from the farming community that they all loved this program.

“OK he is clowning and a lot of the farmers are guys who like machines and they would have watched Top speed and all the rest. So there were some stupid pieces. But in the farming community, they’re just thrilled that someone high-level stands up for them and has genuine empathy.

“He goes out and in a funny way makes the two rural working-class men the heroes of the show and it goes very well in the agricultural community.

Last week The Grand Tour The presenter was named Agricultural Champion of the Year at the 2021 National Farmers Union (NFU) Awards.

Clarkson, who remains a Sunday driving automotive critic, has become an advocate for many causes supported by the NFU, including British food self-sufficiency, and has also received accolades from elsewhere within the farming community.

NFU President Minette Batters hailed Clarkson as a ‘vocal champion’ for the farming community as she battled supply chain disruptions, labor shortages and soaring costs.

Clarkson’s Farm sees fish out of the water attempting to run his 1,000-acre farm in Oxfordshire, which he named Diddly Squat, while struggling to adjust to his new role and come to terms with the daily realities of l ‘industry. , including a quagmire of bureaucracy and bureaucracy.

Clarkson runs the farm alongside his partner Lisa Hogan, farm manager Kaleb Cooper and land agent Charlie Ireland.

According to Batters: “His show really resonated with audiences, brought the ups and downs of our industry to huge new audiences and brought British agriculture to family lounges across the country.

Rebanks said Clarkson did more for farmers than a long-running BBC TV show Country file has done for decades to bring to light the reality of life on earth. Country file has often been criticized for being “anti-farming” and not sympathetic to the difficulties farmers face.

“Frankly, they [farmers] got pissed off with Country file for 30 years, ”Rebanks told the Cheltenham Festival. “Because all the logic of Country file it’s that they can’t do a mainstream program on farming because farming is for a niche group of idiots.

And what Clarkson came and did was say, ‘Actually, no, everybody’s going to watch a farming show, it just has to be done in a certain way. And what they really liked was that it got people to spend 15 minutes or whatever on a program thinking how hard farming is. “

Rebanks, a Lake District farmer who is best known for his 2015 book A shepherd’s life won the 2021 Wainwright Award in the Nature Writing category for his latest book, English pastoral.

Clarkson’s farm was not only a success for Amazon. The series has led thousands of people to flock to the Diddly Squat farm – named for the lack of income it is supposed to generate – causing traffic jams and huge crowds around the farm, resulting in angered the locals.

At a recent tense public meeting in Chadlington, Oxfordshire, Clarkson sought to allay residents’ concerns over his plans to open a restaurant on his farm serving beef from his eco-friendly herd with a resident l ‘calling to close his farm store until he built the infrastructure to support the crowds, which Clarkson himself described as “a bloody nuisance.”

The farm store sells products such as apple juice, honey and milk, much of which is made locally or on the farm, and unlike the farm, according to Clarkson, she makes a healthy profit.

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