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Frequently Asked Questions

Bookings open in October. If you would like to be kept informed about the conference and informed when ticket sales open, click here to be added to the OFC mailing list.

Tickets can be booked online at www.ofc.org.uk, by post using the conference booking form or over the phone via the OFC Secretariat on 0845 6520 945

Payment for conference tickets and college accommodation can be made using a credit or debit card, via the OFC online booking form or using a cheque made payable to The Oxford Farming Conference accompanying your postal registration. Please note, if you send in a postal registration and we are oversubscribed for the conference, we will return your cheque to you.

Yes, we will offer you this option if you are unlucky to secure your ticket and will tell you what position your name is on the list. We will get in touch with you as soon as a place becomes available and give you the option to book when we do.

The OFC Secretariat can book Oxford University College accommodation for you as part of your conference booking. We cannot book third party hotels or guest houses. We negotiate discounts for OFC delegates at the following Oxford hotels: The Randolf Hotel, The Old Bank Hotel, Malmaison and the Eastgate Hotel.

We negotiate discounts for OFC delegates at the following Oxford hotels: The Randolf Hotel, The Old Bank Hotel, Malmaison and the Eastgate Hotel for the duration of the conference. You will need to book direct with these hotels. Contact details can be found here.

Yes we provide a VAT invoice automatically on confirmation of your booking.

  • 2-day conference fee covers the two days of the conference and includes lunch and refreshments at coffee and tea breaks.
  • 1-day conference fee covers a single day for Day 2 of the conference only and includes lunch and refreshments at coffee and tea breaks.
  • Attendance of the pre-conference fringe meetings and the Oxford Union Debate is included as part of the conference tickets. Numbers can be limited to some of these events so delegates will be asked to select which events they plan to attend when booking. Limited capacity events are dealt with on a first-come, first-served basis.

The conference fee does not include parking, dinners and accommodation.

A pre-conference champagne reception, a 4-course seated dinner, wine, port and an after dinner speaker.

A 4-course seated dinner, wine and port

A 4-course seated dinner, wine and port

OFC joining instructions and conference badges

All delegate joining instructions (including members of the media) will be issued within 48 hours of receipt of your booking.

A letter of confirmation, invoice, fringe meeting flyers and invitations.

All delegates will be issued with a badge which must be worn for the duration of the conference. The badge includes details of which conference ticket, dinners and accommodation you have paid for.  If you have lost or not brought your badge, please report to the OFC Secretariat office near the entrance of the Examination Halls. You will be refused entry to the main conference hall and dinners without your badge.

Parking & transport

There are good links to Oxford from London Heathrow and Birmingham International Airports.

To/From Heathrow airport: The airline bus runs every 30 minutes to/from Heathrow airport from 02.00-24.00hrs. http://www.oxfordbus.co.uk
To/From Birmingham airport: A direct train runs from Birmingham International to Oxford. To check times and to book go to http://www.nationalrail.co.uk

No. There is no parking in central Oxford with the exception of some limited parking at Oxford Hotels; you will need to check with your hotel for details. If you are driving to the Conference we recommend leaving your car at the Oxford Park & Ride http://www.parkandride.net/oxford/html/oxford_frameset.html

Finding your way around at the conference

In the Oxford Union, Frewin Court, Oxford, OX1 3JB. http://www.oxford-union.org/
Directions: http://www.oxford-union.org/contact_us

Booking terms & conditions

Please call us as soon as you know your plans have changed and we will cancel your booking. We cannot cancel after 6th December 2013. There will be a cancellation fee of 20% to cover administration and refunds will only be available if the ticket can be re-sold. Delegates are advised to consider travel/conference insurance against cancellation. (This has been taken directly out of this year's booking form)

Please call us as soon as you know your plans have changed and we will cancel your booking. We cannot cancel after 6th December 2013.

Please call us as soon as you know your plans have changed and we will cancel your booking. We cannot cancel after 6th December 2013

Conference activities and events

 
Free events that are run by paying sponsors. The content is set by the sponsor, not by the OFC organising committee. 

The OFC is an annual farming conference held in January of each year.  

This is an established part of the Oxford Farming Conference which gives the OFC headlined debaters and debaters from the floor (you, the delegates) the chance to have your say in the historic Oxford Union where many people of note and repute have stood before. We encourage delegates to join the debate in support or opposition of the motion being debated.  

The dinner held the night before the conference starts

The final dinner of the conference run by the Oxtail Club

The Oxtail Club was set up by delegates in year?? when snow prevented them from returning home after the conference. Worcester College put them up and prepared a dinner of Oxtail for them. The Oxtail Dinner has continued since then and is a good opportunity to discuss and analyse the conference. Anyone who attends the Oxtail Dinner automatically becomes a member of the Oxtail Club.

History and background to the OFC

1936

The OFC is in its 67th year.

The OFC has a charitable remit to educate and to encourage debate. To achieve these goals the OFC undertakes the following additional activities:
The OFC commissions an annual research project to deliver valuable insight for the farming industry and its stakeholders. The research undertaken to date can be accessed via this link: OFC research. [http://www.ofc.org.uk/archive]
The Oxford Farming Conference holds a series of debates at the Cereals Event in June every year - this gives people who don't attend the conference in January an opportunity to become involved with the debating style and networking synonymous with the OFC.
The OFC runs the Practice with Science Award in conjunction with the RASE and sponsored by AB Agri - the award recognises innovative applied science which directly benefits farming practices.

OFC structure, organisation and governance

The Company is a registered charity (registered number 294139) and is limited by guarantee, number 2005012. The maximum liability of each member is limited to £1. The governing body is the Council of Trustees and the memorandum and articles of association adopted on incorporation 27th March 1986. The Trustees have unlimited powers of investment.

The governing body is the Council of Trustees and the memorandum and articles of association adopted on incorporation 27th March 1986. The Trustees have unlimited powers of investment.         
Those serving on the Board during the year are set out on page 1 of the accounts. The Trustees are appointed to the Board to serve a three year term. Apart from those mentioned in note 13 of the Company Accounts in related party transactions, none of the Trustees had an interest in any material contract during the year relating to the business of the Company. All Trustees are members of the Company and serve in a voluntary capacity
There are nine Trustees each of whom serves a three year term, three leaving and three joining the Council each year. Prospective Trustees can apply and are chosen for their ability to bring different skills and contacts to the Council and so enable the aim of the Conference to be fulfilled. New Trustees stand for election by the members at the Annual General Meeting in January. The third year Trustees o decide between them who should be the next Chairman, in the event of more than one wanting to do it, the choice of Chairman is put to vote by the Trustees.        
The Board ensures that the business of The Oxford Farming Conference is conducted in accordance with its charitable aims and is legally responsible for its governance and management.
 The Council has a further Director who acts as Finance Director and prepares financial reports for each meeting. The Finance Director, who is also the Treasurer and Company Secretary, is chosen for his or her financial and accounting skills, and may serve for longer than the three years if decided at the Annual General Meeting.

 Ann Newbold, FarmSmart Events, Killington Hall, Killington, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria.

 
  See: http://www.ofc.org.uk/ofc-council for a full listing and biographies

There are nine Trustees each of whom serves a three year term, three leaving and three joining the Council each year. Prospective Trustees can apply and are chosen for their ability to bring different skills and contacts to the Council and so enable the aim of the Conference to be fulfilled. New Trustees stand for election by the members at the Annual General Meeting in January. The third year Trustees o decide between them who should be the next Chairman, in the event of more than one wanting to do it, the choice of Chairman is put to vote by the Trustees.        
The Board ensures that the business of The Oxford Farming Conference is conducted in accordance with its charitable aims and is legally responsible for its governance and management.
The Council has a further Director who acts as Finance Director and prepares financial reports for each meeting. The Finance Director, who is also the Treasurer and Company Secretary, is chosen for his or her financial and accounting skills, and may serve for longer than the three years if decided at the Annual General Meeting.

The Board ensures that the business of The Oxford Farming Conference is conducted in accordance with its charitable aims and is legally responsible for its governance and management.
It also determines the theme, speakers and content of the Conference. It also organises the OFC's other activities:
•    The OFC Arable Conference at the Cereals Event
•    The OFC/RASE Practice with Science Award
•    The OFC annual research project.

Anyone. The details of the OFC's requirements are outlined below. Applications open in April of every year for appointment at the following January conference. Applicants MUST have attended the conference in the past for their application to be considered.
Those selected as members will be invited to attend two Council meetings in November and December 2012 (prior to formal appointment) and will then be expected to attend approximately eight Council meetings each year and the Oxford Farming Conference itself for their three year term in office.
Council members are expected to make a commitment to delivering the conference and it is important that prospective applicants appreciate the time commitment being made. The positions are wholly honorary but reasonable expenses are reimbursed and attendance at the Conference is free of charge.
The Council, as a team, needs a breadth of experience across the public, private, voluntary and non-governmental sectors in the agri-food and land management areas. We would be particularly interested in individuals who can demonstrate one or more of the following:
•    A track record of successful innovation in agriculture or horticulture
•    Experience of developing agricultural policies and strategy
•    Highly effective communication and PR skills
•    Broad and effective network of contacts across the public, private and academic sectors. EC, world and food chain contacts would be of particular use
•    Creative ideas and concepts for the future development of the OFC

The post is voluntary. Expenses are paid.

Media FAQ

Bona Fide journalists only. If you are a freelancer seeking a media pass, you must have a commission for a feature or a film/broadcast assignment to be granted a media pass.

Email jane@ofc.org.uk and you will be added to the applicant list for the next conference.

Press room with desks and chairs into which the conference is streamed live onto plasma TV screens. A direct feed of the audio transmission can be organised for radio broadcasters. The conference is also videoed by the OFC. Access to this footage can be arranged.
All speakers (except the final afternoon speakers) are brought down to a media briefing room exclusively for the media to interview. Refreshments are provided throughout the conference. High speed wi-fi is provided, as are internet connected desktop computers.
The OFC commissions a photographer - these photographs are made available on a desktop PC for journalists to access, download and email to third party contacts. These photographs are made available at lunchtime and early evening on both days after each of the 4 main sessions.
Hard copies of papers and Ministers' speeches are made available to attending journalists.

Yes, but you must contact Jane Craigie jane@ofc.org.uk or Ann Newbold secretary@ofc.org.uk to organise this by 18th December preceding the January Conference.  

No, you will need to apply to Oxford City Council or a parking permit of you need one.  Go to: http://www.oxford.gov.uk/PageRender/decTS/Business_Parking_Permits_occw.htm

Sponsorship & patronage

 
 Contact Ann Newbold secretary@ofc.org.uk who will supply you with options and costs for sponsorship.

Contact Ann Newbold secretary@ofc.org.uk who will supply you with the costs and details of OFC patronage.