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The goal of the RDS Foundation Agriculture and Rural Affairs programme is to promote best practice and efficiency in farming to ensure farm household profitability and sustainability in Ireland.


RDS-Forest Service Irish Forestry Awards

RDS-Forest Service Irish Forestry Awards

The Irish Forestry Awards recognise and reward farmers and woodland owners who are employing the principles of Climate-Smart Agriculture on their properties including: sound commercial management, environmental protection and bio diversity.

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RDS & IIEA Leadership Forum on Climate Smart Agriculture

RDS & IIEA Leadership Forum on Climate Smart Agriculture

In response to the Global Alliance announcement on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) at the 2014 Climate Summit, the RDS and the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) have come together to establish a Leadership Forum on CSA.

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Walsh Research Fellowship

Walsh Research Fellowship

The RDS and Teagasc collaborate on the Walsh Research Fellowship to encourage high calibre graduates to stay in Ireland and pursue their research interests. The Walsh Research Fellows undertake a broad spectrum of research including food processing, animal and crop production, soils and environment, agri-food economics and rural development.

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Walsh Research Fellowship Award and Seminar

Walsh Research Fellowship Award and Seminar

The RDS and Teagasc share a common goal of applying science and innovation to the development of the agri-food sector and seeking to promote the development of rural Ireland. Since 1996, the two organisations collaborated to promote science through the Walsh Fellowship Award and Seminar.

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RDS Champion of Champions

RDS Champion of Champions

These awards continue an RDS involvement in cattle breeding which began with the first Spring Show on the lawn of Leinster House in 1831. Following on the success of the first RDS Champion of Champions in 2006, the Awards have now grown to include all the major cattle societies.

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