OFC Research

OFC Research

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

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.



2016 Speakers

Judith Batchelar OBE

Judith Batchelar OBE

Director of Sainsbury's Brand

Graham Redman

Graham Redman

Partner, The Andersons Centre

Dr Bram Govaerts

Dr Bram Govaerts

Associate Global Director of CIMMYT's Global Conservation Agricultural Program


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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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Call for new OFC Directors

7th May 2015 @ 9:14AM

The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) is inviting expressions of interest for three new directors to join the nine-strong team from January 2016 for a three year term to deliver the conferences from 2017-19.

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Vibrant AgrichatUK session on Oxford 2015 report

23rd January 2015 @ 4:11PM

Last night, #AgrichatUK hosted a fast and furious session on Twitter about the 2015 OFC report. The session, which ran from 8-10pm on Thursday 22 January, focused on the report content - how competitiveness are British farmers? The report was produced by The Andersons Centre and sponsored by Burges Salmon, HSBC and Syngenta.

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Cool Farm Tool wins OFC/RASE Practice with Science Award

8th January 2015 @ 1:00PM

The Cool Farm Tool (CFT), developed by Dr Jon Hillier and his team at Aberdeen University, has won the Practice with Science Award run by the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) and The Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE). The Award is sponsored by AB Agri.

CFT is a free-to-use greenhouse gas calculator used by the whole supply chain to measure the carbon footprint of crop and livestock products. It was originally developed in conjunction with Unilever, and is now owned by the not-for-profit Cool Farm Alliance.

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What gives the best of British farmers the edge asks OFC 2015

6th January 2015 @ 12:00PM

British farmers are no longer competitive world leaders in agricultural performance suggests the latest research from the Oxford Farming Conference. However, the report points out that our best farmers are world-class in terms of their productivity, profitability and attention to detail.

The research was conducted for the OFC by The Andersons Centre to explore how well UK farmers compare with their global counterparts farming in other parts of the world - what they do well, what holds them back and where there are opportunities for improvement.

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OFC launches scholar travel award to Agritechnica, Germany

5th January 2015 @ 12:44PM

The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) is launching a travel scholarship in association with Young DLG, the young member network of the German Agricultural Society. The OFC will fully fund three British scholars to attend Agritechnica, Germany's flagship farming show, in November 2015. As part of the association, Young DLG will be sending two board members to attend the 2015 OFC from 6-8 January.

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Ambitious agriculture will be championed at OFC 2015

16th October 2014 @ 6:43PM

"For the British farming industry to thrive we must be even more ambitious in our objectives, and aim to be world-class in an ever more competitive and demanding industry" suggests Richard Whitlock, the 2015 OFC Chairman. "This year we will introduce a very strong line-up of speakers representing all views on modern farming."

Announcing the launch of the 2015 conference programme, being held on 6-8 January 2015, he said, "At next year's conference we will explore how important it is to recognise that ultimately success comes from within."

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The Oxford Farming Conference announces three new Directors

13th August 2014 @ 12:40PM

Three highly entrepreneurial farmers will join The Oxford Farming Conference board (OFC) as its new directors in January 2015.  Caroline Millar, John Gilliland OBE and Robert Lasseter will be appointed for a three year term until January 2018.

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