Sponsors are invaluable in delivering the Oxford Farming Conference. Details of our sponsors are listed below. Click on the link to go to the sponsor's website.
If you would like to sponsor the Oxford Farming Conference please contact us for further details.
Sponsor of the Conference folders and sponsor for Science in Practice Award
AB Agri operates at the heart of the agricultural industry with activities that stretch from the farm to the supermarket shelf. Its unique breadth and experience enables it to add value and generate returns for businesses all along the food, drink and biofuel industry supply chains.
AB Agri supplies products and services to farmers, feed manufacturers, processors and retailers. It focuses on sustainable food production by prioritizing three activities; producing more food with fewer resources, learning from and enabling others in the agri-food supply chain and enhancing the natural assets that are linked with food production.
Hosting an exhibition space at the 2014 Conference.
The Advanced Training Partnerships are four higher level training partnerships, funded by the BBSRC to deliver skills and training to Agrifood businesses during 2013-17.
The ATPs have been established to help industry understand and benefit from the latest scientific and technical developments that have an impact on their business.All the partnerships are represented at the OFC:
All four ATPs are flexible and responsive to industry needs. Training opportunities range from one -day workshops and field days to short courses, with e-learning blocks and accredited postgraduate programmes.
Courses are suitable for new entrants into farming, food manufacture or retail who are keen to learn new skills, or for employees who wish to refresh old knowledge or up skill for a new position.
Sponsor of the OFC E-news.
Agrii aims to deliver the best support and technology to farmers across the UK. We have unequalled Research and Development capabilities, designed to empower agronomists and growers with the most comprehensive information, production technology and complementary expertise to farm successfully now and in the future. Our ‘Agronomy plus’ approach combines innovative management techniques and the latest arable technologies to deliver higher crop yields and gross margins. A new agri-intelligence for a new era of farming.
ABP is supplying the beef for the 2014 Pre-Conference Dinner.
For many years, ABP has been at the heart of developing the ever improving eating quality of beef as we have become the preferred partner of leading multiple retailers, manufacturers and caterers in the supply of fresh and frozen meat and meat-based products. As one of the leading beef processors in Europe, we have also concentrated on building a unique farmer-processor supply chain for the direct movement of cattle from the farm to ABP’s regionally sited abattoirs.
Arla Foods is supplying the cheese for the 2014 Pre-Conference Dinner.
Arla Foods is a 100 per cent farmer-owned cooperative, owned by 12,400 European dairy farmers, 1,600 of whom are British.
Founded on cooperative principles. Arla Foods is home to some of the UK's leading dairy brands including Cravendale, Lurpak, Castello and Anchor and is the UK's largest dairy company.
Sponsor of Lunch on Day 2.
Founded in 2007 Asda/ABP BeefLink is a UK wide groundbreaking producer group which helps Asda and ABP work closely with beef farmers from across the United Kingdom to produce the very highest quality beef in harmony with the environment and animal welfare.
Since its inception BeefLink has been focussed on improving both producer returns and beef quality available to Asda shoppers through a wide range of initiatives aimed at helping beef farmers produce more efficiently.
And, helping BeefLink farmers increase the number of cattle meeting specification has been a key driver behind the BeefLink Improved Genetics initiative which has allowed BeefLink farmers to obtain semen from a number of leading bulls at significantly discounted rates,
BeefLink farmers are paid a premium for rearing high quality cattle in a sustainable manner with a priority on animal welfare. Through the BeefLink scheme Asda and ABP work in partnership with farmers to continually improve the environmental and animal welfare impact of beef production.
Sponsor of the Barclays Bank Breakfast on Tuesday 7th January.
Barclays is delighted to sponsor Breakfast at The Oxford Farming Conference 2014. We are proud to foster debate and discussion, to help focus thoughts on the challenges facing the industry. Having supported agriculture for over 250 years, we continually invest in our agricultural people to ensure they understand and meet farmers needs now and in the future. Join us for breakfast on Tuesday 7th January 2014 to share in a lively discussion on ‘How important is return on capital to UK farmers?’
Sponsor of the Technology & Innovation Session.
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.
BBSRC is sponsor of a Fringe Meeting - Field Research - translating world-class research into world-leading agriculture. Where are we now and where do we need to be? - and exhibition space at the 2014 Conference.
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) annually invests over £460M in world-class bioscience research, training and infrastructure on behalf of the UK public. Our aim is to further scientific knowledge, promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond. BBSRC is the UK’s largest public investor in food and farming science, investing over £190M in research and capital relating to this area last year. Our research addresses the global challenge of ensuring food security and helps to support strong and competitive UK food and agricultural sectors.
Bidwells is co-sponsor of the 2014 Pre-Conference Dinner.
Established over 170 years ago, today Bidwells is one of the UK's leading property consultancies. We employ almost 500 people in 12 offices across England and Scotland and provide a full range of services across the Commercial, Residential and Rural sectors.
Our specialist Agri-business team is a leading provider of national and international consultancy and management services to the farming, food, bioenergy and agri-investment sectors. The team delivers practical farm management advice to farmers and takes its hands-on experience and expertise into the supply chain and the wider agri-investment world.
Our 40 specialist teams focus on helping clients:
Above all, clients appoint us because of the depth of our knowledge, our focus on delivery and the fact that everything we do is designed to help them achieve their goals.
Birketts LLP is a co-sponsor of the Oxford Union Debate and the Post-Debate Dinner at Christ Church.
Birketts LLP is a long established and highly successful legal practice with offices in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich and Norwich and is recognised as a Top 100 UK law firm. Birketts provides a comprehensive range of legal services to farmers, landowners and others involved in agri-business. The team is consistently ranked as a top tier firm in independent legal directories, demonstrating its growing reputation for providing pragmatic and commercial advice to clients in the agricultural sector.
Bright Crop is a cross industry initiative which inspires new talent to consider a career in farming and food supply. There is a major requirement to promote positive perceptions of agriculture and associated sectors not only to students but also to teachers and parents. After 3 years of development the project is in full delivery phase with its careers website now live aimed particularly at 14 - 18 year olds with a raft of case studies and information. Alongside this is the Bright Crop Ambassadors Scheme which is working with the industry to get ambassadors into schools and at career events to raise the profile further. Visit the Bright Crop stand at the conference to find out more.
Burges Salmon is co-sponsor of the 2014 Oxford Farming Conference Research Opportunity Agriculture
“We are uniquely placed to provide our clients with a full legal service offering. From the field to the table, we cover all topics in food, farming and land. We differentiate ourselves by the way we work. Our collaborative culture and beliefs about client service allow us to fit the firm to each client to bring together the right people, skills and experience to build an effective relationship with you. Our way of working ensures you are supported by an effective team, who think ahead and keep you informed. We aim to understand exactly what you need, when you need it, and how you need it delivered, to enable you to achieve your strategic, commercial and business objectives. The benefits to you are: the right outcome - for your business and for you; an effective team - alleviating the pressure on you and your people; value for money - the right level of support in line with your objectives and resources.”
Chesterton Humberts is sponsor of a rolling logo at the 2014 Oxford Farming Conference.
Chesterton Humberts is one of the country’s leading property consultancies and estate agents, offering a full range of property related services backed by over 200 years of experience and an unparalleled commitment to providing the highest levels of service. We operate a network of over 70 international offices offering a wide range of property related services from residential sales, lettings and property management through to estate management, commercial investment and professional services.
Dovecote Park is sponsoring the Champagne Reception.
Dovecote Park is the dedicated supplier of beef and beef products to the Waitrose chain of food shops, whose beef is entirely sourced from the United Kingdom, and British farmers. It has developed a direct national supply chain with Waitrose and its beef producers to deliver cattle across the broad spectrum of the Waitrose consumer beef offer, to its two processing plants. These ranges include the well established native breed specific programmes of Aberdeen Angus, Hereford, and Welsh Black as well as the Essentials range, and Organic beef under the Duchy brand. In addition a regional brand of West Country beef featuring both South and Red Devon breeds is being developed, and the company offers a seasonal Specialist Highland product at Christmas. Waitrose and Dovecote Park have led the way in closer supply chain co-operation, focusing on the highest standards in beef quality, animal husbandry and welfare, provenance and environmental sustainability, all highlighting their long term commitment to British farming.
Farm Africa is hosting an exhibition space at the 2014 Conference.
Farm Africa: ending hunger in Africa for good
In sub-Saharan Africa 1 in 3 people do not have enough to eat. Families go to bed hungry each and every night and children are so malnourished they do not reach their full potential.
That's why Farm Africa's work is so important. We support farmers living on the edge, helping them to cope with the harshest of conditions by providing the technical know-how and drought-tolerant seeds that can double or triple yields, then helping them to get good prices at market. Building security like this means farmers can invest for the future and end the cycle of hunger and poverty, forever.
Many of our supporters are from the UK farming community. Their philosophy is simple; farmers helping farmers. We believe Africa's farmers can feed Africa's people – please help us make it happen.
Farming Help is hosting an exhibition space at the 2014 Conference.
Farming Help brings together three national charities – The Addington Fund, Farming Community Network and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. Each charity provides different but complementary forms of support to meet a wide range of needs within the farming community. These include: domestic financial help; support for retired people; crisis support; disability aids; housing provision; pastoral care; access to debt and farm business advice; help with state benefits’ claims; and advocacy with farm issues such as Single Farm Payment problems.
Visit www.farminghelp.org.uk to find out more.
The Frank Parkinson Agricultural Trust is sponsor of the Frank Parkinson lecture, which, at the 2014 Conference, will be Social Media - changing the way farmers do business by David Taylor and Michelle Carvill, co-authors of The Business of being Social.
The main objective of the Frank Parkinson Agricultural Trust is to contribute to the improvement and welfare of British agriculture.
Frontier Agriculture is sponsor of the 2014 Pre-Conference Dinner.
Frontier is the UK's leading crop inputs and grain marketing business and aims to be growers' first choice partner in crop production and grain marketing. From advice on varietal choice for specific end markets and the necessary agronomic protocols, through to selecting the right risk management tools to market the resulting crops; the Frontier team will provide support at every stage of the crop production and marketing cycle.
Frontier has a programme of research and innovation that is second to none which it uses to help form crop production advice. Frontier's trials are among the most forward thinking in agriculture and it has also established a network of local demonstration sites to ensure that technical information is filtered down to a local level. Frontier works in partnership with customers to establish each grower's specific situation and find solutions to improve the economic, agronomic and environmental performance of their farm business. Follow us on Twitter: @frontierag
Greenvale is sponsor of potatoes for Pre-Conference Dinner.
Greenvale AP is one of the UK’s leading providers of fresh potatoes supplying retailers, processors and caterers with both fresh and processed products. As a truly vertically integrated potato business, Greenvale is invested in:
- the breeding and selection of new varieties;
- the growing of seed and ware potatoes;
- the washing, selection and packing of fresh potatoes for the retail and food service sectors;
- the peeling, slicing / dicing and par-cooking of potatoes for the food ingredient and ready-meal sectors.
Greenvale is a significant grower of potatoes in its own right, but also boasts the largest and most diverse grower base in the UK, supplemented with imports at key times.
Hosting an exhibition space at the 2014 Conference.
Harper Adams University's attractive rural location in the heart of England provides the best of town and country. With a reputation for excellence and innovation, graduate employment is at 96%. The Shropshire campus offers state-of-the-art facilities and rewarding courses for undergraduate, postgraduate and lifelong learners in the rural, animal and land-based sectors.
The campus includes the modern Bamford Library, Engineering Innovation Centre, a brand new 400-seater lecture theatre, the Faccenda student centre as well as a working farm. A new molecular biology laboratory, Companion Animal House, are recent additions.
Harper Adams places great importance on compulsory work placements. These provide students with an opportunity for on-the-job training to produce a well-rounded individual with practical, interpersonal and business skills, and by the end of the course, the ability to take on managerial responsibility.
Graduates are highly sought after by employers. Courses are highly vocational and this is reflected in the very high employment rates of our students at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Supplying the coffee for the 2014 Conference.
Farrers are one of the oldest independent tea and coffee merchants in the country. The company today, are passionate about preserving the skills and knowledge built up over generations. This combined with the latest equipment and techniques, we aim to bring you the perfect cup of coffee.
Hosting an exhibition space at the 2014 Conference.
LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) is the leading organisation delivering sustainable food and farming. LEAF helps farmers adopt more sustainable farming practices through Integrated Farm Management (IFM). We work with farmers, the food industry, scientists and consumers to inspire and enable sustainable farming that is prosperous, enriches the environment and engages local communities. Our work covers three main areas: knowledge generation and exchange; developing market opportunities through the LEAF Marque (the leading sustainable food label); and engaging the public in food and farming. LEAF established Open Farm Sunday in 2006 and continues to manage this flagship event. Now widely recognised as farming's annual open day, Open Farm Sunday has reached over one million visitors on farms and many more through the widespread positive media coverage it generates.
M & S is sponsor of Session 2: Vision & Inspiration at the 2014 Conference.
Marks & Spencer is one of the UK's leading retailers with around 21 million customers visiting our stores each week. We sell high quality, great value clothing and home products, as well as outstanding quality food. Our eco and ethical plan, Plan A, sets out how we will become the world's most sustainable retailer by 2015. An important part of this activity is our 'Farming for the Future' programme. Through this we are helping farm businesses in our supply base, both here and across the globe, identify opportunities for improvements in efficiency, environmental performance and ethical practice, to help improve profitability and provide a sustainable supply chain that can continue to deliver quality and innovation for the long term.
Massey Ferguson is sponsor of the First Morning Session and Lunch on Day 1 at the 2014 Oxford Farming Conference.
Massey Ferguson is delighted to be supporting the high-profile Oxford Farming Conference for a third year. With our broad range of straightforward, dependable agricultural machinery, Massey Ferguson has been at the heart of British farming for over 65 years. We are committed to providing practical technology to help our customers farm more profitably and sustainably in a world where greater agricultural productivity is key to future growth.
McDonald's is sponsoring the 2014 Chairman's Reception and the Scholars' Workshop.
McDonald’s opened its first restaurant in the UK 40 years ago and during this time we are proud of the successful business we have built. As a food business we are passionate about sourcing the very best ingredients for our menu and we are incredibly proud of the world class supply chain we have built over the last four decades. We look to source food locally wherever possible, and our annual spend on ingredients from our British and Irish supply chain has grown to more than £360 million. This includes quality produce like organic milk, free-range eggs, Freedom Food pork and 100% British and Irish beef. We will continue to work with farmers through Farm Forward, our long-term programme to support British and Irish farmers who share our passion for quality produce, animal welfare and sustainable business practices.
Moy Park is sponsor of a rolling logo at the 2014 Conference.
Moy Park is a top 20 UK food company and now a billion pound business, employing 12,000 people across four countries. The company is also one of the largest producers of organic, free range and corn fed poultry in Europe. Moy Park, which is headquartered in Craigavon, Northern Ireland has a long established farming heritage, celebrating its 70th year in 2013. The company works with 800 poultry farmers in the UK, supplying four fresh poultry facilities in Northern Ireland, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire, as well as producing a wide range of convenience foods in its industry leading production sites. Moy Park has pioneered breeding and farming standards particularly in the development of higher welfare chicken and supports the ongoing major investment across its farming base.
The National Farm Research Unit runs the OFC post-conference survey and analysis.
The National Farm Research Unit is a privately owned organisation, whose mission is to understand the needs of farmers, so that manufacturers and the agricultural supply industry can provide the right products and services to farm businesses. Bette knowledge of what farmers want means a more efficient and focused industry
for the future.
The National Farmers Union is sponsor of the Press Facilities at the 2014 Conference.
The NFU champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its Farmer and Grower members. It is the largest farming organisation in the UK, providing a strong, respected and independent voice for the industry. Its head office is at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, but it also has offices in London, Brussels, Wales, all the English regions and a unique network of local offices and advisers, co-funded by the NFU Mutual, to support the needs of its members locally, nationally and internationally.
Peter Coldicutt is kind sponsor of the floral arrangements.
Peter Coldicutt, who supplied the platform decorations, began his career many years ago in Horticulture, producing plants for 'the trade' ; although still in touch with that, he now farms in Dorset and Somerset, producing corn, cattle and sheep.
Supplying after dinner mints for the Pre-Conference Dinner
George Romney Ltd is a family run business, now in the hands of the fourth generation of its founder, Sam T Clarke.
Romney’s Kendal Mintcake is famous for being supplied to the first successful ascent of Everest in 1953, by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sirdar Tensing.
A member of the expedition team wrote “ it was easily the most popular item on our high altitude ration – our only criticism was that we did not have enough of it”. Since then Romney’s Mintcake has been enjoyed not only by visitors to the Lake District, but by people all over the world, and in all manner of sporting activities for an extra energy boost!
ROPE is hosting an exhibition at the 2014 Conference.
Rope is a charity seeking to transform the lives of thousands of people who, through no fault of their own, are poor. Motivated by Christian compassion, we support projects in over thirty countries around the world, working with national partners to improve training, education, health, welfare, fresh water supplies, agricultural skills and job opportunities. 100% of every gift given to Rope is used to benefit the poor overseas. OFC delegates have generously supported Rope since 2003.
The RASE partners the OFC in the 'Practice with Science Award'.
RASE is returning to its roots and is once again bringing new science and technologies to farmers. Current projects include precision livestock farming, anaerobic digestion and soil organic matter. The Society is delighted to support the Oxford Farming Conference Royal Agricultural Society 'Practice with Science' Award.
The RSPB is sponsor of the RSPB Breakfast on Wedneday 8th January.
The RSPB works to protect and restore a countryside rich in wildlife. Working collaboratively with farmers and land managers, Government and civil society, we seek to secure the funding, policies and advice to give wildlife-friendly farming the support it needs and deserves. The RSPB offers a comprehensive package of free practical conservation advice, including bird surveys, on-farm advice, and assistance with agri-environment applications. Every year, we work with farmers who demonstrate how to manage farmland for profit and biodiversity, as well as offering advice and support to those who wish to improve their farms for wildlife and the environment. For more information on the services we offer, practical advice and examples of where it’s working visit www.rspb.org.uk/farming.
Saffery Champness is a co-sponsor of the Oxford Union Debate and the Post-Debate Dinner at Christ Church.
Saffery Champness is a top 20 firm of chartered accountants and one of the UK’s leading advisers to landowners and rural businesses. With 12 offices, the firm works for the owners of over 3.5 million acres of land in the UK, providing pro-active advice on financial and tax matters, particularly capital taxes, VAT and trust and succession planning issues.
Smiths Gore is a co-sponsor of the Oxford Union Debate and the Post-Debate Dinner at Christ Church.
Smiths Gore is one of the UK's leading firms of chartered surveyors. Our team of rural property consultants, property managers, agriculturalists and agri-business experts manage over 2 million acres of land from our national network of 30 offices. In today’s tough economic climate and volatile marketplace, we work hand-in-hand with our clients to seize every opportunity and rise to every challenge.
Sponsor of a Fringe Meeting at the 2014 Conference - Investing in innovation: when farmers drive R&D.
The Soil Association is a charity that promotes healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use. The organisation engages directly with thousands of farmers and food businesses, providing technical, market and policy support and, through Soil Association Certification, inspecting them to organic standards. The Soil Association supports innovation by and for farmers across the UK through the Duchy Originals Future Farming Programme. Farmers are in the driving seat in the programme's 'field labs' and research fund, setting R&D priorities and testing how new approaches work on the ground. The programme helps organic and non-organic farmers share best practice.
Co-sponsor of the 2014 Oxford Farming Conference Research Opportunity Agriculture.
Syngenta is one of the world's leading companies with more than 27,000 employees in over 90 countries dedicated to our purpose: Bringing plant potential to life. Through world-class science, global reach and commitment to our customers we help to increase crop productivity, protect the environment and improve health and quality of life.
Volac is co-sponsor of the 2014 Oxford Farming Conference Research Opportunity Agriculture.
Volac is a leader in the application of dairy nutrition manufacturing and supplying performance nutritional products around the world. We play a leading role in the dairy industry and are ambitious both for our future growth and the prosperity of our industry.
We work closely with customers, suppliers and the industry, promoting knowledge and sharing ideas. Volac understands nutrition and delivers performance products that are not only trusted and valued by our customers, but are also key to their success.
Sponsor of a Fringe Meeting at the 2014 Conference - Is pasture the way to future proof the dairy industry?
At the World Society for the Protection of Animals, we have worked to expose animal cruelty and prevent animal suffering for more than 30 years. Working with individuals, organisations and governments across the globe, our campaigns range from ending the mass suffering of industrially farmed animals to protecting animals in disasters. Consultative status with the United Nations means we have a unique international platform to prove that the lives of animals are inextricably linked to our own, and now more than ever is the time to stop their suffering
Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate is the supplier of Yorkshire Tea at Oxford 2014.
Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate: an independent family business specialising in fine teas and coffees and handcrafted cakes and confectionery.