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Peter Kendall

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NFU President

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Tom Rawson

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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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Take part in Oxford Farming Conference Research

21st November 2012 @ 3:59PM

Alongside the 2013 OFC research project, we are collaborating with some innovative research to find out what people in the UK think and feel about farming. We would welcome your experiences.

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Farming's hidden contribution to UK society to be evaluated at leading conference

19th October 2012 @ 4:27PM

The hidden contribution UK farming makes to society is to be evaluated for the first time in a ground-breaking piece of research commissioned by the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC).

The work, which is being undertaken by Dr Peter Carruthers of Vision 37 Ltd and Professor Michael Winter,  Professor & Director of the Centre for Rural Policy Research at the University of Exeter aims to establish the extra value from UK Farming beyond the usual measures, such as GDP.

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2013 Conference to explore farming's contribution to UK society

6th August 2012 @ 3:15PM

UK farming delivers great benefit to wider society. That is the belief of The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC), and a newly commissioned project plans to discover what these contributions are and assess their value. The research commissioned for the next Oxford Farming Conference will be presented to delegates at the annual gathering in Oxford, which runs from 2-4 January 2013.

The research will draw on a wide range of evidence in order to identify and evaluate the full range of environmental and social values that farming delivers to the population.

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