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About Us

Mission Statement

To be the independent voice for the interpretation and application of science and best practice that seeks to optimise agriculture and food resources to ensure a secure global future.

Our Five Aims

  • We encourage and promote technical innovation and communicate practical knowledge of value to farmers.
  • We foster a vibrant and active membership of the Society that meets the technical and information requirements of the agricultural sector
  • We collaborate with others in order to develop and encourage knowledge transfer which is of value to farmers and the farming industry
  • We apply good science and best practice to promote sustainability in production agriculture and diversity in the environment
  • We provide an independent, impartial voice for agriculture, land management and rural matters


In 1838 a group of individuals with interests in agriculture - journalists, landowners and enthusiasts - had become convinced that science would help English agriculture become more productive and meet the growing food requirements of a booming population. In 1840, the Royal Agricultural Society of England was granted its’ Royal Charter by HRH Queen Victoria.

Across nearly two centuries, the Royal Agricultural Society of England has played a leading role in the rapid agricultural progress of the 19th and 20th Centuries.

  • 1840 - RASE was granted its Royal Charter by HRH Queen Victoria
  • 1845 - Formation of the Royal Agricultural College
  • 1866 - Recommendations lead to the introduction of Cattle Diseases Prevention Act
  • 1870s - Creation of the country’s first experimental research stations
  • 1895 - Milk quality assesment introduced at the Royal Show - the precursor of modern milk recording schemes
  • 1899 - National examination board established to promote agricultural education - the origins of the National Diploma in Agriculture and the model of today’s specialist exams
  • 1920 - Tractor trials established the tractor in general farm use
  • 1944 - Conference on post war farming shapes the 1947 Agricultural Act
  • 1973 - Formation of the Rare Breeds Survival trust
  • 1975 - Formation of the NAC Housing Association (now the Rural Housing Trust)
  • 1989 - British Food and Farming year
  • 1990 - Established Linking Environment & Farming (LEAF)
  • 2001 - Established Farming and Countryside Education (FACE)
  • 2013 – Established the Innovation for Agriculture Initiative (IfA)

Today, as part of its new agenda: to seek out and communicate innovations of real commercial value to farmers, The Royal Agricultural Society of England in partnership with 15 other Agricultural Societies has established the ‘Innovation for Agriculture’ initiative.