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Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment

 
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Head of Sustainable Land Use Academy

 
 
 
 

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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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Applications open for £10,000 OFC/RASE applied science award

11th June 2014 @ 12:01AM

Researchers behind science projects contributing to on-farm improvements are being encouraged to enter the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) and Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) Practice with Science Award sponsored by AB Agri. The award was announced at the Cereals Event today.

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Call for new OFC Directors

17th April 2014 @ 5:13PM

The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) is inviting expressions of interest for three new directors to join the nine-strong team from January 2015 for a three year term to deliver the conferences from 2016-18.

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Richard Whitlock and Peter Kendall launch fundraising Farm Cycle Challenge

26th February 2014 @ 3:28PM

Peter Kendall and OFC 2015 Chairman, Richard Whitlock, will be cycling over 1000 miles between the NFU regional offices this summer to raise funds for Farm Africa, Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute, The Addington Fund and The Farming Communities Network.

Peter Kendall, who served as President of the NFU for 8 years before stepping down at this year’s NFU Conference, will be joined for the ride by his friend and neighbour Richard Whitlock who will act as Oxford Farming Conference Chairman in 2015.

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Potato forecasting tool wins OFC/RASE Practice with Science Award

8th January 2014 @ 3:24PM

A potato modelling system, which forecasts yield and tuber size, has won the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) and Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) Practice with Science Award. Developed by NIAB CUF, the tool can supply valuable data to the entire potato supply chain, to aid both in-field and processing practices as well as reporting.
Sponsored by AB Agri, the award prize money totals £10,000 which, according to the project's leader David Firman, will be used to further enhance data automation and simulation modelling.

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UK farming must reconfigure & attract investors to grasp future opportunities

7th January 2014 @ 3:46PM

A mindset that is relatively closed to new business structures, limited collaboration and a lack of investment into farm infrastructure are hampering UK farming's potential according to research commissioned by Oxford Farming Conference (OFC). Delegates will hear these challenging findings at the organisation's 2014 conference, being held at Oxford University from 6-8 January.

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OFC 2014: Opportunity Agriculture, but who will fund it and how?

22nd October 2013 @ 2:04PM

The core questions at the heart of the next Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) will be: where are the opportunities in agriculture? How can they be funded? And how should farms be operated for the future?

Commenting on next year's event, which runs from 6-8 January 2014, Adrian Ivory, Co-Chairman of the 2014 Conference said: "Driving the debate will be the OFC's sixth piece of industry research which investigates the structure, processes and relationships needed to establish a truly competitive UK agriculture sector beyond the next decade."  

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Applications being sought for 2013 OFC/RASE Practice with Science Award

31st July 2013 @ 2:36PM

Researchers behind practical science projects, already effectively contributing to on-farm improvements, are being encouraged to enter the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) and Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) Practice with Science Award sponsored by AB Agri.

The £10,000 Award will recognise applied scientific work that has resulted in valuable benefits to practical agriculture and farm performance.

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Arable Conference at Cereals will ask if red tape is strangling agri-science

7th May 2013 @ 1:23PM

The opening session at this year's Oxford Farming Arable Conference on day one of the Cereals Event will debate whether the EU is strangling the agri-science strategy at birth.

"The discussion will be timely if the Government's announcement of its agri-tech strategy happens as is anticipated just ahead of the Cereals Event," said Richard Whitlock, the conference organiser and a Director of the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC).

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Conference calls for new directors

16th April 2013 @ 7:05PM

The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) is inviting expressions of interest for three new directors to join the nine-strong team from January 2014 for a three year term to deliver the conferences from 2015-17.

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The Oxford Farming Conference announces three new Directors

14th February 2013 @ 11:07AM

A scientist, a farmer and a food chain specialist join The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) as its three new directors. Dr Tina Barsby of NIAB, Al Brooks - Farms' Manager at Waddesdon Estate and Philip Wilkinson, Executive Director at 2 Sisters Food Group will give their time voluntarily for a three year term until January 2016.

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Dick Playfair - OFC Oxford Union Debate votes big is best

11th January 2013 @ 6:07PM

As ever the Oxford Union Debate at the Oxford Farming Conference was going to merit a full house and, from the moment that Amelia Hamer, Somerville College, President of the Oxford, Union, was ushered into the Chamber by her two bow-tied, tail-coated acolytes, a sense of drama was on the cards.

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Keenan wins OFC/RASE Practice with Science Award

4th January 2013 @ 12:00PM

 An innovative, science-based approach to feeding dairy and beef cattle has won Keenan, the feed wagon manufacturers, the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) and Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) ‘Practice with Science’ Award. Sponsored by AB Agri, the prize money totals £10,000 which Gerard Keenan says the company will invest into furthering their research into feed efficiency and carbon footprinting - two of the fundamental challenges facing meat and milk producers.

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Food: just one part of farming's huge contribution to UK society

3rd January 2013 @ 12:01AM

A ground-breaking study has revealed Britain's farmers hold the key to unlocking the solutions to some of the country's bigger problems such as mass water storage, flood defence and even social care of those in need.

The report, commissioned by the Oxford Farming Conference, reflects on the wider contributions UK agriculture makes to society beyond the usual measures of GDP and food production.

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