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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-Macra na Feirme Young Sheep Farmer Award

RDS-Macra na Feirme Young Sheep Farmer Award

Sheep farming is an important indigenous industry in Ireland that is worth more than €250 million each year to the economy. Through this Award the RDS, in collaboration with Macra na Feirme and the Irish Farmers Journal, acknowledges the importance of this industry.

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RDS-Forest Service Irish Forestry Awards

RDS-Forest Service Irish Forestry Awards

The RDS and the Forest Service are now accepting entries for the 2014 Irish Forestry Awards.

The RDS-Forest Service Irish Forestry Awards promote standards of excellence in the production of native forests and trees. The Awards continue the historic involvement of the RDS in the development of Irish forestry which saw over 55 million trees planted in Ireland from 1766 - 1806 through the Society's land improvement and afforestation projects.

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Teagasc-RDS Grand Challenges for Global Agriculture and Food Lecture Series

Teagasc-RDS Grand Challenges for Global Agriculture and Food Lecture Series

A new series of science lectures on the growing challenges of sustainably meeting the food security needs of the world will be hosted by Teagasc in association with the RDS. The series will explore key aspects of the complex challenge of producing sufficient food and ensuring fair access to that food, while:

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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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RDS Allotment Awards

Archive: RDS Allotment Awards

The RDS Allotment Awards aim to recognise the hard work, dedication and attention to detail that is being undertaken by those involved in allotment gardening and also to promote an area that encourages people to become more aware of rural issues. 

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