A previous version of this institution, the Board of Agriculture, had been formed in 1793 to support British farming, but dissolved after the end of the Napoleonic Wars, in 1822. In 1838, a group of journalists, landowners and enthusiasts of scientific implementation established a new body, the English Agricultural Society. Their goal was to apply the latest scientific developments to farming practices, to increase agricultural productivity and enable it to meet the needs of a growing population. After two years, the organisation was awarded a royal charter by Queen Victoria, and thus took on the name of Royal Agricultural Society of England. In 1845 it founded a Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, which has since become the …
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Editors. "Royal Agricultural Society of England founded". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 August 2013
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