Introduction

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS) is a registered charity working to support and promote farming families and British agriculture, and inspire the next generation about all things farming, food and the countryside.

YAS does this by organising events like the Great Yorkshire Show, Springtime Live and Countryside Days, and, with the help of its farming networks, the Society also:

• Promotes and provides emotional, practical, medical and financial support.
• Provides personal and professional development opportunities.
• Champions the needs of farming, agri-food, rural businesses and rural communities.
• Brings science and farming together to underpin agricultural innovation.
• Delivers educational events and activities to educate the next generation.

To fund the delivery of the Society’s aims, first class facilities have been developed on the Showground which operate commercially. These include Pavilions of Harrogate, the Yorkshire Event Centre, Fodder Farm Shop and Café, and Harrogate Caravan Park. Profits from all these businesses goes back to YAS.

Businesses and events held at the Great Yorkshire Showground in 2019 contributed £73.7m to the economy.

Press Releases

£150,000 Boost for Farmers’ Health and Wellbeing

Farmers and rural communities will benefit from health and wellbeing support across the North of England over the next two years, following a successful £150,000 funding bid by a consortium of well-established agricultural organisations. The six-figure sum, awarded by Defra is being shared between The Farmer Network Ltd in Cumbria, the Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland, […]

Yorkshire Agricultural Society Honoured as King Named Patron

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society is honoured to announce that King Charles III will continue to be Patron of the charity. The announcement follows a review of more than 1,000 Royal Patronages and charity Presidencies by the Royal Household, following His Majesty The King’s Accession. Queen Elizabeth II was Patron of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society between […]

New farming era scrutinised at Future Farmers Spring Debate

Farming’s pursuit of a profitable and productive balance in a new era of environmentally incentivised government payments was discussed at the Future Farmers of Yorkshire’s Spring Debate. Entitled ‘Nature and Food: Finding The Right Balance’ and supported by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, the event at the Great Yorkshire Showground brought farmers and other industry professionals […]

New income ideas shared at Great Yorkshire Showground

New and emerging opportunities for rural businesses to grow their incomes amid changes to financial support for British farming have been explored at a wide-ranging event held at the Great Yorkshire Showground. Under the theme Learning Through Land: A Confluence, inspiring speakers were brought together by the Yorkshire Food Farming and Rural Network, a group […]

Search for Right Farming Balance at Spring Debate

Navigating a new era of environmentally incentivised farm payments is top of the agenda at the Future Farmers of Yorkshire’s Spring Debate on the evening of Tuesday 19th March 2024. ‘Food and Nature: Finding The Right Balance’ is the timely topic of the annual gathering at Pavilions of Harrogate at the Great Yorkshire Showground. The […]

Learning Through Land at Great Yorkshire Showground

Land-based challenges and opportunities for rural businesses will be explored at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate on Monday 11th March. Farmers and wider industry professionals are invited along to the event, entitled ‘Learning Through Land: A Confluence’. Held by the Yorkshire Food Farming and Rural Network and sponsored by Grow Yorkshire, it will provide […]

First Female Show Director Appointed to Lead Great Yorkshire Show

Dairy farmer Rachel Coates will make history as the first female to take over the role of Show Director of the Great Yorkshire Show. Rachel, from Shipley, West Yorkshire, will take over from Charles Mills who has been Show Director since 2016. The handover will take place immediately after this year’s Show from Tuesday July […]

Farming scholarship for Yorkshire entrepreneur on soils mission

Digital entrepreneur Tom Scrope from North Yorkshire is embarking on an international mission to understand how more farmers can unlock the benefits of healthier soils, thanks to a prestigious Nuffield Farming Scholarship sponsored by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. Tom, aged 29, who grew up on a small farm on the edge of the North York […]

Fully funded training pathway launched to boost farming careers

A new agricultural training programme to support the development of farming’s next generation has been launched by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. Ambitious farmers aged under 35 are encouraged to apply for a place on the Goodall Agri-Development Pathway which has been developed thanks to a legacy left to the Society to support young people in […]

Yorkshire’s farming community raises thousands of pounds for charity at inaugural Harvest Dinner Dance

Some 300 members of Yorkshire’s farming community enjoyed an evening of celebration at the first ever Harvest Dinner Dance held by the Future Farmers of Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, raising £7,000 to be shared between two invaluable charities. A glittering occasion to bring together farming families and all those who work in agriculture […]

NEW EVENTS DIRECTOR ANNOUNCED FOR VENUES AT THE GREAT YORKSHIRE SHOWGROUND

A new Events Director has been announced to head up the events and conferencing venues at the Great Yorkshire Showground, in Harrogate. The new role has been created to oversee both the Yorkshire Event Centre and Pavilions of Harrogate which are both based on the 250-acre Showground. The sister venues can host a range of […]

BEST FARM RETAILERS IN THE UK SHORTLISTED FOR NATIONAL AWARDS

Some of the very best farm retailers in the UK have been revealed after the Farm Retail Association announced its national finalists today. Innovative and inspiring businesses from all corners of the country have been shortlisted across eight categories; from the Rising Star Award which celebrates business development and newcomers to the industry, to the […]

Tickets On Sale Next Month For The Great Yorkshire Show 2024

Tickets for next year’s Great Yorkshire Show are on sale from Wednesday November 1st, organisers have announced. Tickets for the 165th Show, on Tuesday July 9 to Friday July 12, 2024, will be sold in advance only, with visitor numbers capped at 35,000 a day. Membership of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society which organises the Show […]

Devon Christmas Tree Farm Crowned Champion Growers 2023

Dartmoor Christmas Tree Farm in Devon have won the accolade of providing the Christmas tree for Downing Street after being crowned Champion Christmas Tree Grower of the Year 2023. The winner of Champion Festive Wreath of the Year 2023 is Friezeland Christmas Tree Farm, Warwickshire, and they will provide the wreath for the door of […]

Rural voice to influence regional decision making

New devolutionary powers are evolving the focus of a rural network that gives the countryside a voice, as it seeks to ensure countryside dynamics are considered by policy makers. The Yorkshire Food Farming and Rural Network is a group supported by farming charity the Yorkshire Agricultural Society that has been operating for more than a […]

Innovative rural women share their success stories

Stories of innovative diversification and inspiring accounts of rural careers have been shared at a sold-out Autumn Gathering of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s Women In Farming Network. The milestone 10th autumn get-together of this thriving network of women who live and work in the countryside brought together 130 delegates at Pavilions of Harrogate on the […]

Apple Day celebrations at the Great Yorkshire Showground

Schoolchildren enjoyed unique flavours of the fruits of the land as they explored the Great Yorkshire Showground’s collection of Yorkshire heritage apples. Some 65 primary school children toured the Showground’s best kept secret, its orchard of regional apple tree varieties in Harrogate this week, where they were inspired by a tasting session and got hands-on […]

FARMING COMMUNITY INVITED TO FIRST EVER HARVEST DINNER DANCE AT GREAT YORKSHIRE SHOWGROUND

Dinner jackets and ball gowns meet Wellington boots at the first ever Harvest Dinner Dance hosted by the Future Farmers of Yorkshire at the Great Yorkshire Showground this Autumn. Black tie with a hint of agriculture is the dress code on the evening of Saturday 18th November 2023 at Pavilions of Harrogate for what promises […]

Rural women celebrated at milestone Autumn event

Diverse careers of Yorkshire’s rural women will be celebrated at a milestone 10th autumn get-together held by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s Women In Farming Network. The Network’s flagship annual event, its Autumn Gathering, will be held at Pavilions of Harrogate on the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate on Tuesday 10th October 2023 between 10am and […]

BEST BRITISH CHRISTMAS TREE GROWER TO BE REVEALED

A prestigious competition to decide who supplies this year’s Christmas tree for Downing Street will be held by the British Christmas Tree Growers Association in South Yorkshire next month. Expert growers from across the UK will attempt to wow the judges with their finest homegrown trees at Billingley Christmas Tree Farm, based at New Hall […]

Yorkshire Schoolchildren Celebrate Growing Their Own

A growing competition to inspire children about where their food comes from has culminated in a grand finale at the 164th Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate. The Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s annual School Veg Box Competition challenges primary schools across Yorkshire to grow their own vegetables in imaginatively decorated wooden veg boxes and chart their learning [...]

Positive Messages of Resilience for Future Farmers

More than 200 farmers and industry professionals came together for the Future Farmers of Yorkshire’s popular Breakfast Meeting at the Great Yorkshire Show where they were urged to cut through tough economic challenges by focusing on factors within their control and plotting a clear plan for their businesses. This flagship annual get-together of Future Farmers, [...]

Innovative farming at the heart of Great Yorkshire Show

High-tech modern farming and the latest agricultural innovations will be showcased in a brand-new Innovation Zone at the 164th Great Yorkshire Show. The Innovation Zone will inform visitors about how farmland is carefully managed in new ways for food production. Located near the Pig and Goat Rings, the Innovation Zone will offer displays, demonstrations and […]

Great Yorkshire Show Takes Delivery Of 12ft Horse Sculpture

A huge horse sculpture made of more than 600 horseshoes from across Yorkshire has been carefully lifted into place at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate. The stunning 12ft equine ode has been created by 31-year-old North Yorkshire sculptor Ollie Holman. Weighing about 750 kilograms – three-quarters of a ton – the intricately welded design […]

Managing Director Of Yorkshire Event Centre To Move On

Heather Parry, Managing Director of the Yorkshire Event Centre Ltd on the Great Yorkshire Showground, is to move on to a new chapter after nearly 30 years. Heather is set to take a break after an incredible innings, where she has taken the business from strength to strength. Heather’s drive, passion and determination was behind […]

Resilience tops agenda at Great Yorkshire Show breakfast

Stirring stories of farming resilience will be shared at a breakfast meeting at the 164th Great Yorkshire Show to empower those trying to make their way in the agricultural industry during a time of testing economics. Future Farmers of Yorkshire, a thriving network of farmers, vets and other industry professionals supported by farming charity the [...]

Schoolchildren enjoy all things farming, food and the countryside

Thousands of schoolchildren from across Yorkshire enjoyed a great variety of fun hands-on activities and displays all about farming, food and the great outdoors at the Great Yorkshire Showground this week.Farming charity, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society welcomed 4,000 primary school pupils to the Showground in Harrogate on Tuesday 13th June and Wednesday 14th June for [...]

Regenerative farming must be profitable in a changing world

Farming’s culture is being challenged by the so-called regenerative agriculture movement, with its role in shaping resilient and profitable farming futures at the heart of the debate, a packed audience of Future Farmers of Yorkshire heard at the Great Yorkshire Showground. Some 240 farmers and allied industry professionals took part in a lively Spring Debate […]

Future of farming under the microscope at Spring Debate

Farmers will be asked to consider whether they can carry on farming in the same ways they have done for decades at a Spring Debate hosted by the Future Farmers of Yorkshire at the Great Yorkshire Showground in March. With farm input costs at an all-time high, existing farm support payments being phased out, all […]

Doctor turned farmer explores maximising nutrient density of food

A first-generation West Yorkshire farmer is combining her passion for growing with her medical training after being awarded a prestigious international scholarship, sponsored by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. Dr Hannah Fraser, 26, of Denby Hall Farm near Cawthorne is embarking on a two-year Nuffield Farming Scholarship to explore ‘Displacing empty calories with nutrient dense food’. […]

Soil Recognition Gives Hope for Fantastic Farming Futures

Farming can have a fantastic future by embracing regenerative approaches to producing nutritious British food, delegates heard at an open event held by the Farmer Scientist Network at the Great Yorkshire Showground. With major retailers signing up to new soil directives, consultant Neil Fuller said he believes there is more incentive than ever before for […]

Museum Hosts Powerful Portrait of Rural Women

A compelling story of rural women’s integral role as part of modern, forward-thinking countryside enterprises is being shared by the Women in Farming Network at Ryedale Folk Museum. Photography exhibition ‘All in a Day’s Work’ tells a powerful story of female entrepreneurialism in the countryside through an evocative and atmospheric collection of 27 stunning curated […]

Sell-Out Springtime Live a Huge Success

Thousands of visitors flocked to Springtime Live today for the sell-out event which celebrated farming, food and the countryside. More than 4,000 visitors enjoyed a feast of activities including meeting Peppa Pig and Shaun the Sheep. This was the first Springtime Live event held since 2019 due to Covid and tickets sold out well in […]

New CEO for Yorkshire Agricultural Society Announced

Allister Nixon, the Chief Operating Officer at Castle Howard Estate Limited, has been announced as the new Chief Executive to replace Nigel Pulling. Nigel is retiring from the Yorkshire Agricultural Society after over 20 years’ service at the end of March 2022. Allister is a chartered accountant and a highly experienced, successful and well-regarded business […]

Society Chief Executive To Retire

Chief executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society Nigel Pulling, is due to retire after over 20 years at the helm. Nigel will retire from his role in March 2022 after overseeing a number of hugely successful commercial projects across the Great Yorkshire Showground. This includes the building of Fodder, the Regional Agricultural Centre (the Society’s […]

Vast untapped potential for rural tourism in Yorkshire

Income from tourism in the Yorkshire countryside can be boosted if rural businesses capitalise on a growing desire for authentic experiences. That was the message from Yorkshire Dales marketeer Susan Briggs at a meeting of the Yorkshire Rural Support Network, held at Pavilions of Harrogate on the Great Yorkshire Showground. Addressing the theme of bringing […]

Nuffield Scholar to study how regenerative farming can increase profit

A Yorkshire farmer has been awarded a Nuffield Scholarship to study how the introduction of livestock onto arable farms can heal soils, have a net positive impact on the earth and make financial sense. Alastair Trickett, who is also Chairman of Future Farmers of Yorkshire, has been awarded the Nuffield Farming Scholarship funded by the […]

Lord Lieutenant to give positive farming message at Plough Service

Yorkshire’s farming community will be celebrated at Ripon Cathedral with the support of the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire. Johanna Ropner will give an address at the Cathedral’s traditional Plough Sunday Service on 12th January, where the message to the assembled congregation will be one of positivity, support and pride. The service is supported by […]

Last Tickets Remaining for Two Big Yorkshire Farming Events

Two inspirational farming events will be held at the Pavilions of Harrogate next month – with last few tickets remaining! The Women In Farming annual conference will feature a series of guest talks as well as a Q&A session, lunch and networking when it’s held on Tuesday October 15. New Zealand’s “Resilient Farmer” Doug Avery […]

Prince’s Countryside Fund Supports YAS Farmer Health Checks with £10K Grant

Free farmer health checks run by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society have been given a £10,000 boost. Thanks to funding from The Prince’s Countryside Fund, the YAS can now roll out more free farmer health checks at Livestock Marts and Machinery Shows across Yorkshire. YAS has been offering free farmer health checks for the last 10 […]

The Farm Retail Association Announces Yorkshire Agricultural Society As New Management Team

The Farm Retail Association (FRA) has announced its appointment of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS) as its new management team. YAS’s appointment by the national body which represents farm shops, farmers markets and pick-your-own enterprises across the country is part of the FRA’s long- term strategy, described by Chairman Rob Copley as bold and forward […]

Revolutionary New Look for the YAS

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society can today reveal a whole new look, with the launch of a contemporary new logo and website to drive the charity forward. While the traditional YAS crest will still be used when appropriate, the new logo will give a modern look as well as working across different media platforms including mobile […]

Scholarship Funds Research Into Beef Production

A Yorkshire farmer has been awarded a Nuffield Scholarship to study how to increase profits and productivity in beef herds. Sarah Pick, aged 29, who was brought up on a family farm in Tadcaster and lives on a dairy farm in Barnsley, has been awarded the Nuffield Farming Scholarship funded by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. […]

Future Farmers Event to Prepare for Brexit

Agricultural experts will headline an event at the Pavilions of Harrogate, organised to prepare farmers for Brexit. Sir Peter Kendall, Chair of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, and Clare Bend of Agrii will be joined by Yorkshire farmers, Hugh Shedden and Chris Clark at the Brexit Boom or Bust debate next Thursday November 29. […]

Leading Actress Headlines Women In Farming Event

Actress and writer Kate Willoughby will headline a Yorkshire Agricultural Society event which celebrates women in farming. Proud of her North Yorkshire farming roots, Kate will be guest speaker at the next Women in Farming Network event, at Brymor Ice Cream Parlour, Jervaulx near Masham. The Women in Farming Network regularly hosts meetings, offering business […]

Environment Secretary to Attend Yorkshire Farming Conference

Michael Gove, Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will be guest speaker at a conference organised by the Yorkshire Food, Farming and Rural Network. Farmers will have the chance to put questions to Mr Gove as part of the event – “Defining a Future for Yorkshire Farming” – organised […]

YAS Celebrates Support for St Michael’s Hospice as it Hits 30

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society is celebrating a special partnership with Saint Michael’s Hospice as it reaches its 30th anniversary. The Society has become an ambassador for the hospice after joining its Guild of Patrons. As well as raising awareness of the work of this charity, Guild members invest in further developing these vital services so […]

Cheese lovers at the Great Yorkshire Show raised over £6000 to help the Yorkshire Air Ambulance

An auction at the Cheese and Dairy Section of the show raised a whopping £6,403.25 which was handed over to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance outside the Yorkshire Event Centre today. The auction is held every year on the last day of the Great Yorkshire Show giving visitors the chance to bid for a round of […]

Yorkshire in Bloom Wins for Showground

The Great Yorkshire Showground and Harrogate Caravan Park have both scooped gold in Yorkshire in Bloom. The showground and the onsite caravan park took the highest accolade in the prestigious competition thanks to hard work by all areas of the business – from office staff to the onsite facilities team. Yorkshire Agricultural Society Chief Executive […]

Grants to Increase Farm Productivity for the East Peak Area

The East Peak LEADER programme can offer grants for projects which meet one or more of the priorities listed below. There is a strong emphasis on economic growth and job creation in the programme therefore all projects must directly support the rural economy or contribute significantly to improving the local economy: Support for increasing farm […]

Four Showground Businesses Shortlisted in Tourism Awards

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society is celebrating after four of its businesses have been shortlisted for the prestigious White Rose Awards. Food hall and café Fodder, Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate Caravan Park and the Great Yorkshire Show have been shortlisted for the awards. Based on the showground in Harrogate, all are owned by the Yorkshire Agricultural […]

Children Set to Flock to the Great Yorkshire Showground

More than 6,000 children from across Yorkshire are set to flock to the showground for Countryside Days next week. The free two-day event will see primary school children from all corners of the county, enjoy a full programme of rural activities and demonstrations on Tuesday June 13 and Wednesday June 14. Yorkshire Agricultural Society organise […]

Great Yorkshire Show Organisers Call for Flexibility Over Term Time Trips

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society is urging the Government to relax rules around term time trips after highlighting the educational benefits of the Great Yorkshire Show. The Society is inviting the Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening, Shadow Education Minister Angela Rayner and Yorkshire MPs to the show which is now England’s premiere agricultural event. […]

Brexit and Backing for Agriculture

Expert testimonies about the impact of Brexit on agriculture will be submitted to the Government by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. As Prime Minister Theresa May is set to trigger Article 50, charity YAS will submit four summary reports that identify key concerns of the farming industry and highlight policies which will need to be reformed. […]

YAS Boss Receives National Award

The Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society has been awarded at the House of Lords for services to agriculture. Nigel Pulling was presented with the national award from the Council for Awards of Royal Agricultural Societies. The Award of the Associateship of Royal Agricultural Societies (ARAgS) is a recognition of outstanding contribution to agriculture. […]

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