2024 RASC Conference

2024 RASC Conference – “Growing a Commonwealth”

Thursday 20th June to Thursday 27th June


The Trustees of the RASC are delighted to announce that the 30th Commonwealth Agricultural Conference will take place in Scotland and Edinburgh in 2024 with the kind support of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland.

The conference and pre tour are guaranteed to be an exceptional opportunity for our members and friends to once again re forge the friendships and vital working relationships that have benefited everyone so greatly since 1957 when the RASC was formed.

This landmark event will gather speakers, sessions, and topics from across the Commonwealth, sharing stories and innovations that will leave you inspired.

One of the most thrilling aspects of the conference is our partnership with the Royal Highland Show, a prestigious event organised by the Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland, drawing more than 200,000 attendees over the course of three days every year.

As part of the RASC Conference, you will have the chance to attend and experience the event firsthand and as a sneak preview…our Gala Dinner will take place in their stunning members pavilion, looking over the main ring.

The conference promises to be a remarkable gathering of agricultural visionaries, innovators, and advocates, and we are extremely excited to reveal an outline of the 2024 Conference Programme:

Make sure to keep your calendars marked for mid-November, as that’s when bookings for both tickets and accommodation will become available.

We can’t wait to welcome you to Scotland, and to connect with hundreds of friends new and old, from right across the world. There is no other agricultural event, quite like it.

In the meantime, please see below the year and location of all historical RASC Conferences:


1964 Cambridge, England
1967 Toronto, Canada
1968 Nairobi, Kenya
1971 Edinburgh, Scotland
1973 Christchurch, New Zealand
1975 Aberytswyth, Wales
1977 Part 1 – Regina, Western Canada, Part 2 – Ocho Rios, Jamaica
1979 Perth, Western Australia


1981 Bath, England
1983 Lusaka, Zambia – Symposium, Harare, Zimbabwe, Conference
1985 Melbourne, Australia
1989 Nairobi, Kenya
1990 Peterborough, England
1992 Calgary, Western Canada
1994 Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
1996 Chester, England
1998 Darwin, Australia


2001 – “Providing for Growing Populations”, Durban, South Africa
2002 – “Farming in the Temperate Zone”, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2004 – “The Power of Water”, Albury, Australia
2006 – “Market Expectations for Food and Farming Realities”, Calgary, Western Canada
2008 – “The Challenges of Change”, Christchurch, New Zealand
2010 – “Co-operation and Collaboration”, Edinburgh, Scotland
2012 – “Feeding the Hungry”, Zambia, Africa
2014 – “Sustainability of Tomorrow’s Agricultural Shows”, Brisbane, Australia
2016 – “Agriculture at the Crossroads : Bridging the Rural Urban-Divide”, Singapore, Malaysia
2018 – “Connecting the World Through Food”, Edmonton, Canada



The RASC 2024 Conference offers valuable sponsorship opportunities to national and multi-national companies in Scotland, the UK and globally.

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Good news! We’ve secured discounted rates at two hotels close to the Conference Centre & Royal Highland Showground.

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Anyone can purchase a ticket and attend the 2024 RASC Conference. However, to qualify for the Member rates, an individual must be registered with, or members of, an Agricultural Society that is a paid Member of the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth (RASC). Similarly, attendance as a Next Generation delegate is open to anyone (aged 25-40), discounted membership rates apply to those associated with a paid Member of the RASC.

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