Apply Now For RDS Sustainability Awards

Nov 1, 2023 | Farm Viability

The RDS Sustainability Awards will be presented as part of the RDS Spring Agriculture and Forestry Awards programme next year.

With an overall prize fund of €34,000, the RDS Spring Awards celebrate and promote the principles of climate-smart agriculture. Building on a name from the past, but firmly focused on the future of the sector, the Awards want to recognise the very best farmers, foresters, agri-entrepreneurs and innovators in Ireland.

For over 160 years, the RDS highlighted the most productive and efficient famers in Ireland and many still fondly recall their annual trip to Ballsbridge to see the award-winning livestock and the latest machinery. The focus was on increasing productivity and for the longest time that’s what was needed in the sector. However, the RDS recognises the need for a new measure of success, one that balances economic development with environmental and social sustainability.

The RDS Sustainable Agriculture Awards celebrate the work of individuals, farm families, and organisations, who are enhancing the economic, environmental, and social development, of Irish agriculture and rural communities. Details of previous Awards recipients are available on the RDS YouTube Channel.

Winners receive €2,000 and an RDS Silver Medal, runners-up will receive €1,000 and a certificate of merit.

There are five prize categories for the RDS Sustainability Awards:
1. Sustainable Farming
2. Sustainable Rural Enterprise
3. Sustainable Rural Innovation
4. Sustainable Rural Start-up
5. Rural Social Impact

Application forms are available to download on the RDS website or can be requested via email from [email protected]. The closing date for entries is Friday, November 10.

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