Founded in 1837, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society promotes excellence and innovation in British agriculture. The Society is a registered charity with a membership in excess of 10,000. The main office of the Society is based at the award winning Regional Agricultural Centre, in the Town of Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
The Yorkshire Agricultural Society hosts nationally recognised agricultural events. These include the Great Yorkshire Show, Countryside Live and their new show – Springtime Live, all of which take place on the Great Yorkshire Showground, adjacent to the Regional Agricultural Centre. These shows are one aspect of the exceptionally wide portfolio of events organised and funded by the Society.
Key areas include:
• Charitable work – support for agricultural, rural and countryside charities, as well as not for profit organisations. For more information, please click here.
• Educational Activities – Free courses for teachers, schools and pupils, specialised educational events about agriculture and careers. For more information, please click here.
• Farming Support – support for the wider farming community and in collaboration with support groups. For more information, please click here.
Historically an innovative small grants scheme was also provided by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society for University researchers on a competitive basis to help nurture good links between the farming and research communities. Over recent years, massive increases in the costs needed to support productive research of international quality led the Society to rethink how best to interact beneficially with scientists and continue an involvement to encourage the most useful interactions.
These discussions led to the design of a new initiative and in 2012, an Advisory Group became established by the Grants and Education Committee, Chaired by Professor Dianna Bowles OBE.