OFC Emerging Leaders Podcast

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Welcome to the OFC Emerging Leaders Podcast, produced by the Oxford Farming Conference in association with Rock and Roll Farming and BASF crop protection.

In this series we interview the emerging leaders of UK food and agriculture, inspiring people from the industry who are pushing boundaries and taking UK agriculture forward in a time of interesting political and technological change.

Published on the first Monday of every month, and available by clicking on the link below. Or why not subscribe to one of our RSS feeds.

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PODCAST 7 - NIALL BLAIR- FARMING CHALLENGES AND ENGAGING THE PUBLIC

Hill sheep and beef farmer, Niall Blair, from the Angus Glens in Scotland talks about being a first generation farmer, the challenges of upland hill farming, his own crusade to promote farming to the wider public and why he rates the Oxford Farming Conference.

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PODCAST 6 - SARAH BELL - AGRICULTURE, TECHNOLOGY AND THE FUTURE

Sarah Bell is a mixed farmer, consultant, Emerging Leader and one of the speakers at the 2019 famous Union Debate. In conversation with Rock and Roll Farmer Will Evans, they talk women in agriculture, the importance of data in ag,rural connectivity, digital lockers, the new ag bil and of course...the debate!

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​​​​PODCAST 5 - KATE ROWELL - LEADING THE WAY

Fifth generation sheep and suckler cow farmer Kate Rowell talks about life on her hill and upland farm near Peebles in the Scottish Borders and her new appointment as Chairman of Quality Meat Scotland. The first woman to hold this position, she talks about leadership and gaining the confidence to support the business network of farmers. She also talks about her time working as a vet for eight years including during the time of foot and mouth, why farming is something she has always wanted to do and her highlights from the Oxford Farming Conference 2018.

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PODCAST 4 - NEIL QUINLAN - A HEART IN FARMING

Neil Quinlan's grandfather was a tenant dairy farmer, and Neil studied agriculture at college. However, he spent his 20s in the construction industry, always maintaining a strong interest in farming. At the age of 30 Neil thought “if I don’t return to agriculture I never will”. Seven years on an Neil now runs his own farm business outside Chester and contract farms his in-laws farm, rearing dairy heifers as well as raising dairy beef cross calves. He is also converting an outbuilding to accommodate guests.

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PODCAST 3 - LAURA BUCKINGHAM - OPPORTUNITIES AND ATTRACTING YOUNG PEOPLE

Suffolk based agronomist and arable farmers daughter Laura Buckingham talks about her passion for agriculture, farming stereotypes and the gender balance. In this action packed podcast she also talks about working with people to build relationships, opportunities in agriculture, how to attract young people to the industry, LEAF Open Farm Sunday and the advancement of technology and innovation.

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P​​​​ODCAST 2 - JAMES CHAPMAN - LEARNING FARM SAFETY THE HARD WAY

Ahead of National Farm Safety week later this month (16 – 20 July), we hear from Warwickshire farmer, contractor, farm safety campaigner and OFC Emerging Leader James Chapman. He openly talks about the devasting farm accident in 2005 that changed his life both physically and mentally, and following his Nuffield Scholarship whether he feels farm safety is improving within the UK. We also learn about his farming background, decision to leave school at an early age, setting up on his own at the young age of 22 and his journey to National Chairman of the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs.

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P​​​​ODCAST 1 - ANDREW PITTS - LEADERSHIP IN AGRICULTURE

In the first podcast we meet Northampton arable farmer and Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) Director Andrew Pitts. We find out more about his business, leadership in agriculture, the view from Defra following a special OFC event as his farm, issues facing the industry, what more we can do to improve our businesses and plans for the 2018 OFC Emerging Leaders programme. 

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