OFC Research

OFC Research

The OFC's flagship research has been conducted since 2009. In 2016, we presented our latest report on rural entrepreneurialism and leadership. Research links from previous years are listed below.

2016 - Entrepreneurship: A kiss of life for the UK farming sector? sponsored by Burges Salmon.

2015 - The Best of British farmers - what gives them the edge? sponsored by Burges Salmon, HSBC and Syngenta.

2014 - Opportunity Agriculture report in partnership with Burges Salmon, Syngenta and Volac.

2013 - Farming and Society report in partnership with Burges Salmon, RSPB and Volac.

2012 - The 'Power in Agriculture' report in partnership with Lloyds TSB, Massey Ferguson and Volac.

2011 - The value and viability of UK farming. Sponsored by Syngenta and Volac.

2010 - Where should agricultural research be focused for the future? Sponsored by BBSRC and Volac.

2009 - The perceptions of farmer amongst Britain's general public. Sponsored by Syngenta.



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Three new Directors join the Oxford Farming Conference board

5th September 2016 @ 11:42AM

A farmer, broadcaster and a scientist will join The Oxford Farming Conference board (OFC) as its new directors in January 2017. Matthew Naylor, Anna Hill and Professor Nigel Scollan will be appointed for a three-year term until January 2020.

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Application call for £10,000 OFC/RASE Science and Innovation Award

28th July 2016 @ 4:27PM

The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) is looking to award £10,000 in prize money to a recent invention, technology or scientific advance that has really boosted on-farm performance or profitability. Nominations are being sought from farmers and the wider industry for the most deserving projects and people to fit these criteria. The winning nominator will win a fully-paid place at the 2017 Oxford Farming Conference, which runs from 3-5 January 2017.

The Science and Innovation Award is partnered by the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) sponsored by Adama.

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Call for new OFC directors - 2018-2020

28th May 2016 @ 8:55AM

The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) is seeking three new directors to join the ten-strong team from January 2017 for a three-year term to deliver the conferences from 2018-20. 

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Global farmland investment expert to become OFC’s next Chairman

7th January 2016 @ 3:41PM

Martin Davies, CEO Europe of Westchester Group Investment Management, will become the Chairman of the 2017 Oxford Farming Conference. He succeeds the 2016 Chairman, Al Brooks, a farmer from Oxfordshire, who stands down from his role along with fellow directors Dr Tina Barsby, CEO of NIAB and Philip Wilkinson OBE.

Martin has a long career in farming having spent 13 years with the Cooperative Group Farms and five years working on farmland investment projects in Eastern Europe. He completed a Nuffield Scholarship in 2006.

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Entrepreneurialism can be learned and drives farmers to increased profitability says 2016 OFC report

6th January 2016 @ 2:47PM

The Oxford Farming Conference’s 2016 Research report has discovered that UK farming is less entrepreneurial than many other industries, but those farmers who are budding Bransons or Dysons make more profit.

The 84-page report, Entrepreneurship: A kiss of life for the UK farming sector, was funded by and launched at the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) today; it suggests that whilst some people are born entrepreneurial, those who aren’t can learn to become so.

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Scholarship applications being sought for 2016 OFC/DLG exchange programme

6th January 2016 @ 11:55AM

At its conference earlier today the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) opened calls for applications for the second OFC Travel Scholarship Programme that is run in association with Young DLG, the young member network of the German Agricultural Society (DLG). Applications are open to previous and current scholars who have attended the Oxford Farming Conference.

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360 sow pen wins OFC/RASE Practice with Science Award

6th January 2016 @ 11:52AM

The innovative and welfare focused 360o Sow Farrowing Pen, invented by Martin Barker, has won the 2015 OFC/RASE Practice with Science Award. Sponsored by Map of Agriculture, the award prize money totals £10,000 which, according to Mr Barker, will be used for further development of the 360o system.

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Easy short-term fixes are running out says OFC Scholar at Agritechnica

9th November 2015 @ 11:59AM

Three young British agriculturalists - Nicola Blowey, Jenni Thompson and Robert Yardley - are attending the prestigious Young DLG (the German Agricultural Society) Conference and Agritechnica this week as scholars selected as part of the Oxford Farming Conference/DLG Scholar Exchange Programme, with support from Massey Ferguson.

Cheshire farmer, Robert Yardley, will be speaking at the Young DLG Conference, which runs alongside Agritechnica. He said that: “The easy short fix answers are running out such as ploughing and certain chemicals.”

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Broad range of skills from three new OFC directors

5th November 2015 @ 11:31AM

Julie Robinson, Tom Allen-Stevens and Will Surman will join The Oxford Farming Conference board (OFC) as its new directors for a three year term until January 2019. The trio will take up their voluntary appointments after the 2016 OFC AGM on 5 January.

Julie leads the Agriculture team at Roythornes solicitors, and describes her role as “getting farmers onto land to grow stuff!” She spent several years as chief legal advisor at the National Farmers’ Union and worked in the steel and other commercial sectors before switching to her career in law.

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Bold Agriculture - OFC 2016 programme is announced

20th October 2015 @ 2:57PM

“An agricultural sector with ambition needs to be bold and entrepreneurial,” says Al Brooks, 2016 OFC Chairman. “Renewed boldness must return to farming if our businesses are to thrive. Like it or not, safe and low-risk attitudes belong in a bygone era, we need to look forward over a horizon filled with opportunity."

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Applications open for £10,000 OFC/RASE Practice with Science Award

18th August 2015 @ 10:59AM

Inventors, scientists and developers have a chance to win £10,000 and national recognition for their farming innovations by entering the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) and Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) 2016 Practice with Science Award.

The £10,000 Award will recognise applied scientific work that has resulted in particular benefits to the agricultural industry and brought practical on-farm benefits or in related industries such as food and energy.

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OFC Directors visit enterprising Cumbrian businesses

17th July 2015 @ 5:08PM

The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) council visited a number of innovative Cumbrian businesses as part of the organisation’s annual planning. The visits were arranged by the OFC’s Sedbergh-based Secretariat, FarmSmart Events.

The nine-strong council spent time at Holker Estate, Plumgarths, the Rural Auction Centre at Junction 36 and Tebay Services and were “blown away by the innovation and collaboration demonstrated in this important rural community” said Al Brooks, the 2016 OFC Chairman.

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OFC scholars selected for Agritechnica DLG exchange

17th July 2015 @ 5:01PM

The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) is fully funding a trip for three young British scholars to Germany attend the flagship Agritechnica Show in Hannover, Germany later this year.

The OFC launched the OFC Travel Scholarship earlier this year in association with Young DLG, the young member network of the German Agricultural Society (DLG).

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A buzzing Cereals for the OFC - here are the highlights

12th June 2015 @ 5:23PM

Three panel sessions and eight technical seminars were run at the 2015 Cereals Event, partnered by The Oxford Farming Conference. Topics ranged from GM, to soils, big data and whether the recommended lists will deliver the varietal resistance farmers will need in the future. Below are some highlights from the sessions.

GM – UK and international views

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OFC Arable Conference at the Cereals Event

27th May 2015 @ 12:01PM

The Oxford Farming Conference will once again partner the Cereals Event in delivering the event's Arable Conference.

Three debates headlined by industry-leading farmers, scientists, policymakers and environmentalists take place over the two days, with plenty of opportunity for the audience to have their say.

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