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RDS Sustainability Awards

RDS Sustainable Farming Sustainable Living Awards

In addition to the current livestock and forestry categories, the RDS introduced a new awards category for 2019 focused on Sustainable Farming and Sustainable Living. This new category celebrates the work of individuals, farm families, farm businesses and community organisations who are enhancing the economic, environmental and social development of Irish agriculture and rural communities.

Sustainable Farming

This award celebrates the efforts made by an individual or farm family who are sustainably developing their on-farm activities through entrepreneurship, new product development, marketing, and improved efficiencies.


Please click here for an application form.


Sustainable Rural Enterprise

This award recognises individuals and organisations who are making a significant contribution to the economic, environmental, and social development, of rural Ireland.


Please click here for an application form.


Sustainable Rural Innovation Award

This award recognises individuals and organisations who have applied science and technology to help deliver the principles of climate-smart agriculture such as greater efficiency, reduced waste and increased profitability.


Please click here for an application form.


Ceres Sustainability Champion

The Ceres Award will be presented to an individual, company or organisation who in the opinion of the Judges has played an instrumental role in the long-term sustainable development of Irish agriculture and rural affairs.



  • The winner in each of the above categories will receive €2,000 and an RDS Silver Medal
  • The runner-up in each category will receive €1,000 and an RDS Certificate of Merit
  • Category winners will also receive a specially commissioned trophy.
  • Application Deadline – February 7, 2020


The 2020 RDS Spring Awards will be presented in the RDS Concert Hall on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.


2019 Award Winners

  •  Sustainable Farming Award – Ailbhe Gerard, Brookfield Farm, Co. Tipperary
  •  Sustainable Living Award – Leahy’s Open Farm, Co. Cork
  •  Agri-Innovation Award – Smart Farming Programme, the Irish Farmers Association
  • Ceres Sustainability Champion – Self Help Africa 


For further information, please contact:

Paul Farrelly
RDS Agriculture Programme Manager
Dublin 4
Tel: +353 (0) 1 240 7215
Email: agriculture@rds.ie

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