The Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) has opened up its membership offering designed to make the system more inclusive.
David Grint, chief executive at RASE, said for the first time, anyone in the industry can self-nominate themselves as a fellow grade member to the charity which recognises an individual's contribution to agriculture.
RASE - an independent charity dedicated to the application of science and technology to optimise agriculture and food resources to ensure a secure global future - was granted its Royal Charter by HRH Queen Victoria in 1840.
Mr Grint added applications will be reviewed by the Membership Council to ensure the individual can demonstrate ‘excellence in their area of work and a contribution to the practical, commercial or scientific progression of agriculture'.
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"It is important to us that we move away from the quiet tap on the shoulder, to an inclusive system where anyone can be recognised for their contributions to agriculture," he said.
"Agriculture is in the midst of huge changes, as the industry transitions to the use of practices and technologies which enable the levels of productivity required to sustain the human population, the profitability needed for farming businesses to thrive and the environmental benefits required to reverse both the biodiversity and climate crises.
"Our aim is to support farmers and others in the industry to navigate the changes which are coming - which we do via the delivery of resources and events - by sharing ideas, experiences and expertise.
"I would encourage anyone who believes they meet the membership criteria to apply."
You can find out more about RASE's membership here.