In 1975, Dr Jim O'Grady, in
conjunction with the Irish Grassland and Animal Production
Association (IGAPA) initiated a one-day annual meeting for those
involved in animal and grassland research in Ireland to present
The initial meetings were held in
Teagasc Headquarters and later in UCD, (Lyons and Belfield). Later
the annual meetings of both The Soil Science Association of
Ireland and the Irish Tillage and Land Use Society joined in, and
this combined group of research meetings operated under the banner
of the Agricultural Research Forum.
In 2001 the Irish Agricultural
Economics Society joined. Since 2001 the annual meeting has been
held in Tullamore.
The Focus of the Annual Meeting
of the ARF is to provide an opportunity for the presentation and
publication of research results relating to agriculture in
Ireland, including Animal and Crop Science, Environmental and Soil
Science, Food Science, Agri-economics, Forestry and related
The Emphasis is on the quality of
the research presented. Particular encouragement is given to
post-graduate and young research scientists to make presentations.
The Forum provides an opportunity for researchers, advisors,
administrators, managers, commercial representatives, etc., to
meet, discuss the results presented and exchange views.
Over the years this meeting has
provided an excellent platform for many Irish scientists to
present the results of their research. Many of the technical
developments now part of Irish agriculture were initially
presented as papers at meeting of the Agricultural Research Forum
or its predecessors.