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 Wifi in the Examination Schools.
Adama Agricultural Solutions supplies arable solutions to farmers across the full value chain, including crop protection and novel agricultural technologies. Manufacturing fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, growth regulators, seed dressings and non-crop products, the business has traded in the UK for 25 years. The company is characterised by its innovation, its approach to product development, and strict standards of environmental protection and quality control. Adama's solutions to crop problems are made up of tried, tested and trusted products and unique advice and applications. Our product range is divided for simplicity into Advanced and Essentials ranges. The Advanced range comprises Adama's unique, most innovative products and services designed to deliver simplicity to farming, while our essentials products have a long and proven record of performance, value and reliability derived from our heritage.
Adama is proud to support the Oxford Farming Conference 2016
Co-sponsor of Badges and E-Newsletters.
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.
Sponsor of the beef for the Pre-Conference Dinner.
ABP UK are committed to British Agriculture and we are proud to be involved with the Oxford Farming conference. ABP are the preferred supplier for many UK retailers of high quality, assured beef and lamb. Our network of processing plants and our unique "pay on the day" promise sets us apart. ABP will continue to innovate our supply chain and develop high quality beef products for our customers.
Sponsor of cheese for the Pre-Conference Dinner.
Barber's is the oldest Cheddar making business in the world still operating today. Founded in 1833 Barber's is still a family business based at the same farm in the village of Ditcheat, Somerset as well as at Ford Farm in Dorset. They continue to make cheddar using milk from their own and other selected West Country farms, their own unique collection of historic starter cultures, and the traditional methods that allow them to use the only PDO accreditation for Cheddar (West Country Farmhouse). Award winning brands including: Barber's 1833, Coastal Cheddar, & Wookey Hole Cave Aged are sold throughout the UK to all market sectors and also market leaders for British Cheddar in the USA and over 30 different countries around the world.
On the cheeseboard is their Barber's 1833 Vintage Reserve Cheddar matured for two years to reach the peak of perfection and the authentic taste of Cheddar from its original region.
Sponsor of the Barclays Bank Breakfast on Wednesday 6th January.
Barclays are delighted to sponsor Breakfast at The Oxford Farming Conference 2016. 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 6th January 2016 to share in a lively discussion on 'Are UK farmers really producing what consumers buy, or producing what they hope consumers might buy?"
Sponsor of the pre-session video clips & Fringe Meeting
At BASF, we create chemistry - and have been doing so for 150 years. As the world's leading chemical company, we combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society.
It's a long way from our chemistry labs in Ludwigshafen, Germany, to a wheat field in Lincolnshire. But the work that is done in those labs helps farmers to solve real problems, season after season. The basic question for farming professionals is: how can I maximise my yields, while ensuring that I produce in a sustainable way? Our crop protection products play an important role.
Sponsor of a Fringe Meeting and 2016 Conference session and Exhibitor.
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Our aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.
Funded by Government, BBSRC invested over £509M in world-class bioscience in 2014-15. We support research and training in universities and strategically funded institutes. BBSRC research and the people we fund are helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives. Our investments underpin important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.
For more information about BBSRC, our science and our impact see: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk
For more information about BBSRC strategically funded institutes see: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/institutes
Co-sponsor of the Oxford Union Debate,the Post-Debate Dinner and Fringe Meeting.
Birketts is a full service, top 100 UK law firm, operating from offices in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich and Norwich, and serving clients across England and Wales. With a rich heritage spanning over 150 years we've built an enviable track record advising our clients.
Our specialist agriculture team, which is consistently ranked as a top tier firm in independent legal directories, provides pragmatic and commercial advice to farmers, landowners and others involved in agri-business.
Sponsor a Rolling Logo and Twitter Feed.
The Agri Food industry lacks a coherent brand in a highly competitive careers market for young talent. Disparate messaging around agricultural and land based careers has resulted in a fragmented approach to the way the industry is positioned to schools
Bright Crop introduces schools to Agri-Food as a vital industry which is home to uniquely diverse and rewarding careers. We help our partners tell their story and attract the next generation of talent.
Our purpose is to raise the profile of the Agri-Food industry so that it is considered in the top ten of destination careers for young people in the UK by 2021*.
Our strategy is to create a clear and credible platform for Agri-Food to connect with careers education. We are building frameworks, tools, and resources to position agriculture and its supporting industries as an attractive career choice.
Our objective is to make Agri-Food a destination career by better informing the influencers in young peoples lives on the breadth and appropriateness of Agri-Food careers. Inspire young people through quality interactions with industry representatives and connect Agri-Food businesses with the careers landscape.
Co-sponsor of the 2016 Oxford Farming Conference Research.
Burges Salmon is the leading independent UK law firm which works across the Food, Farming and Land sector. We act for institutions, estates, companies and individuals, bringing together our experience and expertise to provide the best service to our clients, across the UK and internationally. We provide advice on farm ownership, occupation and operational issues, partnerships and other business structures and financing, food regulation, taxation and succession planning at every stage of the supply chain. We are delighted to again sponsor the Oxford Farming Conference.
We're on twitter @burgessalmon and www.burges-salmon.com.
Co-sponsor of the Report.
Cranfield School of Management is one of the oldest and most prestigious business schools in the UK. It is a Financial Times' top 40 school with over 40 years' experience of educating business leaders. It is known for its excellence in leadership development, for its deep-rooted relationships with organisations of all kinds, and for its focus on transforming learning and research into improved management practice. The Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship within the School of Management's purpose is to enhance the management and understanding of performing ventures through cutting-edge entrepreneurial research, teaching and practice. As well as Masters level teaching, the Centre runs a portfolio of development programmes for owner managers and their businesses at every stage of the entrepreneurial life cycle from start-up through to growth and eventually harvest/exit.
Sponsor of the Pre-Conference Dinner 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.
Exhibitor at the 2016 Conference.
FACE's mission is to work with school communities to help children and young adults understand the connection between farming and their daily lives. Our aim is that all children can leave school able to make inspired and informed decisions about their relationship to food and its production. Our vision is a thriving British farming and agri-food community that is proactive in education, upheld by an engaged population, and able to access top talent.
FACE works with our members and partners to promote visits to farms, and to provide easy access to a wide range of high-quality educational resources and activities to complement both school-based studies and outdoor visits. FACE provides a one-stop enquiry service, extensive curriculum resources, support from our team of Regional Education Co-ordinators, links with farmers and the rural industries, workshops and seminars for teachers and farmers.
Exhibitor at the 2016 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.
Sponsor of the Frank Parkinson Lecture.
The main objective of the Frank Parkinson Agricultural Trust is to contribute to the improvement and welfare of British agriculture.
Co-sponsor of the 2016 Pre-Conference Dinner.
Frontier is the UK's leading crop inputs and grain marketing business. It is recognised for its close customer relationships with farmers and grain consumers, and its successful management of the whole arable supply chain. Frontier works in partnership with it customers to tailor its advice and solutions to best support their farm business.
Over the next decade, the issues facing growers will become more challenging and the solutions more difficult to find. Frontier's reputation in replicated trials is second to none, and we believe the long-term questions facing agriculture require a new approach; looking at crop production from every angle to deliver solutions that our customers will need. Frontier's 3D Thinking programme brings innovation to growers nationally and regionally. The Discovery phase works with new and emerging technologies to discover solutions for future challenges. The Development stage includes work on varieties, crop protection, nutrition and precision agronomy techniques. The results can then be shared through our network of Demonstration sites – the most extensive in UK agriculture.
Follow Frontier on Twitter @frontierag
Co-sponsor of Badges and E-Newsletters.
Glencore Grain buys grains oilseeds and pulses from farmers and growers across the world, and in the UK the company has been trading for over 40 years.
Glencore Grain is part of Glencore plc, one of the world's largest global diversified natural resource companies. A major producer and marketer of more than 90 commodities, with a network that spans over 50 countries and employes 181,000 people.
Sponsor of a Rolling Logo.
Humberts has provided trusted rural, residential and commercial property services for over 170 years. Our rural specialists work with large institutions, government bodies, corporations, private investors and owner occupiers across the country. With 24 offices outside of the M25, Humberts is part of the Chestertons Group which includes over 70 London and international offices. Our property services include residential, rural and commercial agency, rural business consultancy, planning and development, and investment.
Co-sponsor of the Pre-Conference Dinner.
Informa Agra is proud to sponsor the Pre-Conference Dinner at the Oxford Farming Conference.
Informa Agra is one of the world's premier providers of agribusiness intelligence, delivering news, data and analysis right across the food supply chain.
With a wealth of knowledge and expertise, our coverage extends from crop protection and fertilizers, right through to agricultural commodities, food production and food processing sectors. This is supported by in-depth policy and regulatory information from our analysts in Brussels and worldwide.
Informa Agra aims to help our clients understand their markets, make quick, informed decisions, manage risk, and identify profitable opportunities, as well as plan accurately using Informa Economics' long-term (5 - 10 year) outlook forecasts. In addition to our online subscription services, we also produce focused one-off reports and offer consultancy services.
Sponsor of the Breakfast Meeting on Thursday 7th January 2016.
Many of the best ideas in farming come from farmers, and our industry needs those more than ever. Innovative Farmers is a not-for-profit network that gives farmers research support and funding on their own terms. We match farmer groups with researchers, provide professional help to run 'field labs' and offer dedicated funding. Providing farmers with the scientific backing to innovate more effectively creates a powerful force to drive improvements in agriculture. Our network is part of the Duchy Future Farming Programme, funded by the Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation and backed by Waitrose.
Sponsor of a Conference Session.
Founded in 1884, M&S has grown from a single market stall to an international, multi-channel retailer. We sell high quality, great value products to 33 million customers through our 852 UK stores and our e-commerce platform. We aim to become the world's most sustainable retailer and Plan A, our eco and ethical programme, is at the very heart of how we do business. We continue to extend the influence of Plan A - engaging our employees, suppliers and customers. This is brought to life in our Food business through our Farming for the Future and Forever Fish programmes, which see us working with farmers, growers and fishermen to deliver security of supply and help them to address the sustainability challenges they face
Sponsor of Conference Session: Politics, Sponsor of Lunch on Day 1and Sponsor of DLG Scholars.
Massey Ferguson is delighted to be supporting the high-profile Oxford Farming Conference for a fifth year. With our broad range of straightforward, dependable agricultural machinery, Massey Ferguson has been at the heart of the International farming community 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. With our focus on the next generation of farmers, and through our partnership with CEJA - the European Council of Young Farmers - we are pleased to be supporting three CEJA delegates to attend the Scholars programme this year.
Sponsor of the Chairman's Reception, Scholars' Reception, the Scholars' Workshop and a Fringe Meeting.
McDonald's has proudly run its business in the UK since 1974. Today we have restaurants in more than 1,250 communities, employ thousands of people and serve over 3 million customers each day. 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 source 100% British and Irish beef, 100% British RSPCA Assured pork, free-range eggs across our entire menu and organic milk from UK dairies. Our investment in the UK food and agriculture sector has grown to over £900 million and we support 5,900 supply chain jobs in the food and agriculture sectors. It was recognition of our commitment to the UK farming sector that led us to create 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.
Sponsor of a Rolling Logo.
Moy Park is a top 15 UK food company, 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 of over 70 years. 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 sustainability, 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.
Sponsor of the Press Facilities at the 2016 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.
Sponsor of Rolling Logo.
NSF Agriculture provides innovative and practical solutions to the assurance issues facing the global agriculture supply chain today.
NSF Agriculture is the largest provider of farm assurance in the UK, inspecting 40,000 customers annually.
Uniquely, all UK customers have free access to our benefits club, NSF Premier, which offers valuable promotions and discounts on a wide range of specialist farm products and services. www.nsfpremeir.com
Sponsor vegetables for the Pre-Conference Dinner.
The Produce World Group is the UK's leading largest suppliers of fresh vegetables supplying major retailers and other outlets. It manages complex supply chains to produce vegetables across key categories including brassicas, roots, alliums, and potatoes. It is also a leader in growing and marketing organic vegetables.
As a grower itself Produce World is a company with its roots firmly in the land. It grows some of its own potatoes and onions, and Taylorgrown, a leading organic grower, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Group. Through its expert procurement and agronomy team Produce World adds value right across the supply chain.
In conjunction with academic institutions such as Cranfield University, Produce World is leading innovative research to help improve farming practices across its own farms, with its growers and in the wider industry.
The Group works with more than 200 growers in this country and overseas to supply the best product and at the best price.
Sustainability is embedded throughout the business and is considered as an essential aspect of its strategy rather than an 'add on'. It is driven right through the business by its 4Life programme which includes Environmental Stewardship, Responsible Sourcing, Workplace Culture and Community Impact.
In 2015 the Produce World Group received a Waitrose Way Treading Lightly Award for its work with FareShare, Feedback and Gleaning UK to address the issue of waste food in the supply chain, and help to combat food poverty.
Sponsor of a Fringe Meeting.
RICS Rural Policy Paper Launch
RICS is the leading organisation of its kind in the world for professionals in property, construction and land management issues. As an independent and chartered organisation, RICS regulates and maintains the professional standards of qualified members (FRICS, MRICS and AssocRICS) and trainee and student members.
RICS promotes the work of these property professionals throughout 146 countries and is governed by a Royal Charter from the Privy Council, which requires it to act in the wider public interest.
Rural surveyors and land agents are central to how our countryside is managed, what it produces and how its developed.
Our members understand the whole lifecycle of property, from land management and measurement, through planning, environmental impact and investment appraisal, to managing the construction process and advising on the most efficient use of buildings.
The demands on land and its productive capacity continue to increase, at a time when natural environmental quality and quantity are degrading. The quest to apportion value to natural capital and the realisation of reward for the public goods produced by land managers has never been more acute or more necessary, nor has realising the potential of the rural economy.
Our policy paper addresses the biggest challenges as identified by our members across land, property and environment, and makes key recommendations on each.
The RASE partners the OFC in the 'Practice with Science Award'.
RASE is working with 15 Agricultural Societies across England to develop a new initiative called 'Innovation for Agriculture' to bring new science and technologies to the Nations farmers. The Society is delighted to continue to support the Oxford Farming Conference Royal Agricultural Society of England 'Practice with Science' award.
Sponsor of Exhibition Space.
Founded in 1845, the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) has a long-standing, global reputation for teaching and research. Today, the RAU is a vibrant, forward-thinking, international community. Currently there are more than 1,200 students from over 48 different countries studying at the historic campus.
The diverse range of degree subjects on offer at the RAU often exceeds expectations. Students can choose from over 30 different degrees, at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
The Royal Agricultural University is ranked within the top 10% of the UK's 160 universities and colleges for graduate employability. In fact, 98.2% of undergraduates and 92.9% of postgraduates were in employment or further study within six months of leaving the RAU, with most securing professional or managerial roles.
Many students have already realised the increasing number of career opportunities in the land-based sector; the RAU has seen enrolments rise by a staggering 50% in the past five years alone.
Sponsor of a Rolling Logo.
Roythornes is a full-service commercial practice with a core focus on agriculture, rural estates and the food sector. We have developed beyond our East Midlands heartland and sit comfortably among the UK's top 200 law firms. Acting for clients across the country, we are recognised in leading directories for our specialist agricultural work which includes advising on tax planning, landlord/tenant, farm partnerships, field sports law, the impacts of the CAP, on-farm renewable projects and development. We take an active, hands-on and long-term approach, getting to know our clients and their businesses over many years.
Sponsor of Rolling Logo.
'RSPCA Assured' is the new consumer certification mark of Freedom Food, the RSPCA's farm assurance and food labelling scheme which was set up in 1994. It is the only UK assurance scheme dedicated to farm animal welfare and it uses the RSPCA's farm animal welfare standards. The scheme is also monitored by the RSPCA and accredited by UKAS to ISO 17065.
The new consumer brand was developed following market research which indicated that the new branding would increase consumer awareness of, and demand for, higher welfare products. The new 'RSPCA Assured' certification mark was launched in the summer of 2015 and supported by a TV and on-line campaign in Autumn 2015.
Co-sponsor of the Oxford Union Debate and the Post-Debate Supper.
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.
Sponsor of an Exhibition Space.
Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd is one of a network of UK technology and innovation companies which aim to drive economic growth through the commercialisation of research. The vision of the Satellite Applications Catapult is to support UK industry through the acceleration of the growth of satellite applications and to contribute to capturing a 10% share of the global space market predicted by 2030. It aims to achieve this by exploiting the innovation-potential in the UK industrial and academic communities, by being a focal point where small and medium enterprises, large industry and end users can work together with researchers to challenge barriers, explore and develop new ideas, and bring these to commercial reality.
Co-sponsor of the Oxford Union Debate and the Post-Debate Supper.
Focusing on the commercial needs of landowners, farmers and rural businesses. With 54 dedicated rural offices and over 500 professionals around the country, we are deeply involved in the rural economy at every level.
Supplier of Yorkshire Tea at Oxford 2016.
Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate: an independent family business specialising in fine teas and coffees and handcrafted cakes and confectionery.
Co-sponsor of the 2016 Report.
The Andersons Centre is an Agricultural Consultancy with a difference; it has a dedicated and highly respected Business Research Team where business modelling, forecasting, market analysis, training and other industry work is undertaken. It is proud of its ability to understand the implications of change to farming.
The Andersons Centre provides top quality advice and business information to the agricultural, rural and food sectors; farmers, trade, private and public sectors alike. It aims is to deliver practical solutions that are technically, financially and strategically sound and help business progress. www.theandersonscentre.co.uk
Sponsor of a Leaflet.
The Henry Plumb Foundation provides financial backing and mentoring support for young people aged 18-35 wishing to realise their dream of finding a future career in the farming and food industry.
Founded by Lord Henry Plumb in October 2012, the scheme is open to any young person with enthusiasm, determination, a drive to get ahead – and a great business idea. As part of the programme, successful candidates are matched with an experienced industry mentor, to help them make the most of the opportunity. To date more than 40 young people have been helped. If YOU would like to help, be a mentor or apply please go to www.thehenryplumbfoundation.org.uk
Exhibitor at the 2016 Conference.
The Prince's Countryside Fund is a unique group of brands and businesses brought together by HRH The Prince of Wales to help secure a brighter future for British farmers and the countryside. We provide funding across the UK to a multitude of remarkable organisations and individuals working tirelessly to keep farmers farming and our rural communities alive.
With their local knowledge and our funding we hope to tackle the five key issues threatening the UK countryside; rural isolation, low farming incomes, the decline of rural communities, the lack of access to training and public disconnect with the value of the countryside.
Sponsor of a Rolling Logo.
Thrings' Agriculture team has provided specialist advice to those involved in farming and rural affairs for more than a century. It has a long history of acting for farms, agribusinesses, fruit and vegetable producer organisations, landed estates and other rural enterprises. It is one of the NFU's panel law firms and also enjoys close connections with the CLA, TFA and HTA.
The spectrum of the advice given ranges from the buying and selling of farms, agricultural tenancies, diversification including renewables projects, quotas and subsidies, rural planning, environmental law, rights of way legislation, regulations, disputes and issues affecting food and farming businesses through to sophisticated tax and succession planning and other heritage issues. On all these matters, Thrings' Agriculture team is able to provide its clients with a wide-range of knowledge and expertise.
Sponsor of the Delegate Folders.
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.