Farm Subsidy in Europe – using this site for family history research

Fields of Gold

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The European Union spends around €55 billion a year on farm subsidies. This website helps people find out who gets what, and why. is searchable by country and is a really useful tool for family and local historians – not what it was designed for!  You can drill down to country, county, district council area and then browse the list of farms and see what they are receiving in farm subsidy.  It is a very handy tool if you have farmers in your family tree!

What people are saying about

“A valuable public service” – Mark Halle, Global Subsidies Initiative
“Dogged work” The Guardian  “Extremely important” – Stephen Castle, International Herald Tribune; “Geek activism done right” World Changing  “Marvelous” – Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy


About mallerstang

Member of the Guild of One Name Studies researching the name CUMPSTON and its variants. You can see my website at I have a new study of the name LAXEN with its own blog at and a further research blog which is not registered as a one name study of KNAGGS of Flamborough
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