29012-RASC-Hero-Banner1The Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth (RASC) has today announced details of their 2014 conference program, with a particularly focus on the relevance and adaptability of agricultural shows across the Commonwealth.

Traditionally focusing on agriculture, the 2014 program will see even broader coverage with the introduction of three speaker streams – agriculture, strategy and operational – to focus on the sustainability, relevance and adaptability of tomorrow’s agricultural industry and show societies.

Spanning a total of 11 days it is estimated that around 300 delegates from the United Kingdom, Canada, the USA, New Zealand and Australia will be in attendance, allowing key agricultural issues affecting the Commonwealth to be debated.

The 26th RASC conference will be hosted by the RNA at the new Royal International Convention Centre and will be opened by RASC President HRH Princess Royal.

Simon Orpwood at RASC said, “the 2014 conference will allow members to shape the future of agricultural shows throughout the Commonwealth.  As a showcase for one of the most important industries, it is vital that we continue to create a vibrant industry that continues to support the interests of farmers and agri-businesses.

The RASC is an organisation that brings together the individuals responsible for creating these showcases and the sharing of best practices will strengthen the value that individual agricultural societies provide to their members.”

The conference’s program provides the attendees with an insight into themes for the event which will feature renowned speakers covering topics such as food security, GM products, the future of the primary production sector, and the role of agricultural societies today.

With forty-eight show societies across twenty-one countries being represented, it is set to be a compelling insight into the economic and social impacts facing the industry.  It is hoped that the outcomes will not only bring tangible benefits to the sector but also to the individual member agricultural societies, as they face real challenges in remaining relevant to this dynamic industry.