The Conference relies upon the support and generosity of many organisations that are central to the well being of UK Agriculture. The Chairman and Directors of the Oxford Farming Conference wish to thank the following Patrons for their continued support.
BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. With sales of € 4.1 billion in 2011, BASF’s Crop Protection division is a leader in crop protection and a strong partner to the farming industry providing well-established and innovative fungicides, insecticides and herbicides. Farmers use these products and services to improve crop yields and crop quality. Other uses include public health, structural/urban pest control, turf and ornamental plants, vegetation management, and forestry. BASF aims to turn knowledge rapidly into market success. The vision of BASF’s Crop Protection division is to be the world’s leading innovator, optimizing agricultural production, improving nutrition, and thus enhancing the quality of life for a growing world population.
The formation of Bayer CropScience has created one of the world’s leading crop science companies. With our expertise and experience in providing high-quality tailor-made solutions to the UK agricultural and amenity market, we are now setting the standard in areas of product and environmental stewardship. As an innovative and research-based company, we are dedicated to developing and marketing solutions for the safeguarding of crops. This ranges from the protection from pests, diseases and weeds to our outstanding service and product portfolio for the prophylactic treatment of seeds. We are committed to open communication that reflects what our customers, stakeholders and employees really are: our partners!
BOCM PAULS (www.bocmpauls.co.uk) is the United Kingdom’s leading animal feed manufacturer. Recognising changing customer requirements, BOCM PAULS has developed the concept of ‘the total feed business’, which is capable of supplying animal nutrition in whatever form required by our farmer customers. The BOCM PAULS portfolio of high performing products includes compound feeds from our 11 mills, blended feeds from 7 strategically placed plants, an extensive range of co-products sourced from the human food and bio ethanol sectors through our Feeds Marketing business, together with premixes and straights for the home mix market supplied by Feedex nutrition. With national coverage across all species groups, BOCM PAULS is helping livestock producers to build long term, sustainable, profitable businesses. BOCM PAULS is part of the ForFarmers Group, now the leading feed business in Europe.
Clydesdale Bank understand that the demands and constraints of running an agricultural business are different from those of other businesses. Which is why, at Clydesdale Bank, we have a dedicated division to service the Agribusiness sector. Our team of over 75 Agribusiness specialists has hands-on experience of the agricultural and rural business sectors, and a wealth of local knowledge and understanding.
Our customers are allocated a Partner who will work with them to get a clear understanding of their goals, and can draw on the expertise of our team of specialists when needed. Located within our national network of Financial Solutions Centres, our Agribusiness teams can help with a variety of financial requirements from new investment to managing commodity price risk – and because decisions are made locally, the results are faster.
GrowHow UK is the only British-based manufacturer of lower carbon ammonium nitrate and true granular fertilisers. In a global market, GrowHow provides a dedicated supply to Britain’s farmers backed up by a commitment to research with advice and services to help farmers achieve best practice in crop nutrition. In addition, GrowHow takes its commitment to the environment seriously and has invested heavily at its sites at Ince and Billinghon to achieve efficient energy use and environmental impact. GrowHow is also a major supplier to the chemical and utilities industry.
Hutchinson’s objective is to provide the highest standards of independent agronomic advice to farmers and growers together with the efficient supply of a complete range of agronomic inputs. The business has grown to become a leading national agricultural and horticultural input advice and supply company.
At JCB, we’re constantly creating innovative machinery that responds to the ever-changing needs of farmers and contractors. Machinery that’s powerful, fast, durable and efficient. Machinery that provides value for money through high residuals. And machinery that’s backed by the best service and parts network around. We call this approach “Redefining Productivity”. You might call it increasing profitability. For more information, visit www.jcb.com or www.facebook.com/JCBAg
NatWest is dedicated to the continued support of farming across the UK. We have over 100 dedicated Relationship Mangers who understand agriculture, many of whom come from a farming background. All our managers are kept informed about the impact of industry changes and the opportunities these create for farmers, including Renewable Energy. Our aim is to provide locally based, tailored financial support to our farming customers.
Savills was founded as a rural surveying business in 1855 and is now a global company dealing with all aspects of land and property across many different markets. Our rural business is focused on the commercial needs of landowners, farmers and rural enterprises, offering services including estate management and consultancy, farm and estate agency, agricultural business consultancy and professional services advice – all supported by a top quality research department. With 23 dedicated rural offices around the country and over 200 professionals, Savills is deeply involved in the rural economy at every level.
Strutt & Parker was founded in 1885 by the partnership of Edward Strutt and Charles Parker to provide estate management services. Today the business has grown to become one of the largest property partnerships in the UK, offering services and professional support in all aspects of property and land. Our farming team is made up of more than 30 experts throughout the UK, making us one of the largest specialist groups of our kind.
As many of our team are from farming backgrounds we offer both a high level of technical knowledge and a real understanding of the issues faced by today’s farming community.
Yara’s crop knowledge, product combinations and in-field expertise helps farmers match nutrient requirement to crop need with minimal environmental impact. Committed to improving nutrient use, efficiency and helping farmers raise agricultural productivity to meet the growing global demand for food. Yara – your first choice for quality low carbon footprint N2O abated ammonium nitrate and compounds, Chafer liquids and YaraVita micronutrients, supported by agronomic advice, innovative precision farming tools and analytical laboratory services.