Exactly 200 years previously, on 28 January 1812, King Karl XIV Johan led what was then the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture's first gathering. The formal gathering began with President Kerstin Niblaeus welcoming all those present and declaring the gathering open. The King then gave a speech, in which he said: "During the past two hundred years, there have been enormous advances in Swedish agriculture, in terms of both productivity and efficiency. The role of the Academy has also changed over the years. The authority commissions have disappeared, and the Academy has increasingly become a forum for discussions on topical issues. Agricultural and forestry issues have evolved constantly, and new areas have arisen. Environmental issues in particular have become an increasingly important part of the Academy's work."
Letters of Fellowship and medals were then presented to newly elected members. Before dinner was served in the Blue Hall, the Academy's prizes and awards were also presented.
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