Fast Forward to a New Millennium

A brief history of the progress of the RASE during the rapid changes in the first years of the 21st centuary.

Year of Publication2005

This brief history plots the progress of the RASE through the foot and mouth crisis of 2001 and chronicles its policy development work which tracked in parallel the arrival of far reaching reforms of the EU Common Agricultural Policy. For many in farming the period of 2000 to 2004 broke a long tradition of evolution and step change and ushered in an era of revolution and upheaval. It has also been a period of rapid change for the Society which included the first cancellation of the Royal Show in peacetime and a period of serious restructuring, a new partnership, Haymarket Land Events to organise the Royal Show and its other events, changes in its governance and structure and ambitious plans to develop the Stoneleigh site as a UK centre for rural enterprise.

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