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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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."
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.