The Oxford Farming Conference

OFC Research

Politics Session

Building a strong and competitive food and farming sector

Caroline Spelman MP, Secretary of State for Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

The European Perspective

George Lyon, Liberal Democrat MEP for Scotland

Steering Irish agriculture through the economic downturn

Brendan Smith, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

Global Session

A forecast population of 9bn - Realistic? Manageable? Sustainable?

Aubrey Manning, Emeritus Professor Edinburgh University

Global Commodity Markets, Where are they Heading?

Jeffrey Currie, Global Head of Commoditites Research, Goldman Sachs

Global Foods Markets - The World is the Market Place

Marcelo Secco, Commercial Director Frigorífico Tacuarembó-Marfrig SA, Uruguay

Farming with and without subsidies

Jim McCarthy, CEO of Blue Yulan SA Luxembourg

Science Session

Water scarcity, does technology hold the key?

John S Boyer, E. I. du Pont Professor of Biochemistry/Biophysics Emeritus

Only clever science will yield crop results

Bill Clark, Director of Broom’s Barn, Rothamsted Research

Where next for livestock innovation?

Chris Warkup, Director, Biosciences KTN

High-tech horticulture sets the tone for the future

Chris Mack, Executive Chairman of Fresca Group Ltd

Poultry innovations forge ahead for welfare, food chain and the environment

David Speller, Applied Poultry & 2009 FW Poultry Farmer of the Year

Science Award

Christine Tacon CBE, Chairman

Inspiration Session

Triumph and adversity in Oxfordshire

Charles Baker, RC Baker (Agricultural Contractors) Ltd

Managing change and making things happen

John Shropshire, CEO, Shropshire Group

Entrepreneurship in Scotland

Gregor Mackintosh, Mackintosh of Glendaveny

The Frank Parkinson Lecture

Dacian Cioloş, Member of the European Commission Responsible for Agriculture and Rural Development