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