OFC Research

OFC Research

The OFC's flagship research has been conducted since 2009.

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

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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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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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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