The Oxford Farming Conference

Tuesday 3rd January, 2012

15:00
AGM
16:00
Fringe Meeting - Using land to unlock innovation

This event is open to all delegates and will see LandShare launch its Land Partnerships Handbook

16:00
Fringe Meeting - Sustainable solutions for farmers by farmers

All delegates are welcome to attend this fringe meeting.

16:00
Delegate registration opens
16:00
Fringe Meeting - Increasing & securing supply in a rapidly changing environment

All delegates are welcome to attend this fringe meeting.

18:00
Speakers', Scholars' and Sponsors' Reception

Invitation only.

18:30
Champagne Reception
19:30
Pre-Conference Dinner

Guest speaker is Charles Collingwood, otherwise know as Brian Aldridge of The Archers fame.

22:00
After Dinner Bar

Wednesday 4th January, 2012

07:30
Morning Prayer with Rev Dr Gordon Gatward

In the University College Chapel.

07:45
Clydesdale Bank Breakfast

This is an open breakfast invitation to all delegates to hear Tom Vosa, Head of Market Economics, National Australia Group, discuss the UK and global economic outlook and its impact on agriculture'

08:45
Session 1 - Farming's place in an uncertain world

Chairman: Cedric Porter

08:50
Agriculture: a global and US perspective

Speaker: Dr Joseph Glauber, Chief Economist at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)

09:15
Farming takes centre stage

Speaker: Caroline Spelman will now be speaking at 9.15 on Thursday the 5th January.
 

09:35
The opposition's view of farming's future

Speaker: Mary Creagh, Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and MP for Wakefield

09:55
Question Time

Chairman: Matt Dempsey, Editor, Irish Farmers Journal

Panel: Joseph Glauber, Caroline Spelman and Mary Creagh will be joined by Siôn Roberts, Senior Partner, European Food and Farming Partnerships LLP

11:00
Coffee break
11:30
Frank Parkinson Lecture - Have emerging markets already emerged?

Speaker: George Magnus, Managing Director and Senior Economic Advisor to the UBS Investment Bank

12:10
Lunch
13:30
Presentation of the RASE/OFC Practice with Science Award

The winner of this award: The Pig Grading Information System (PiGIS), developed by the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) will present a short paper on the project

13:30
Session 2 - Sustainable agriculture: Optimising limited resources

Chairman: Bill McKelvey OBE

13:55
The Foresight Report on Food and Farming: The need for sustainable intensification

Speaker: Professor Bob Watson, Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

14:35
Balancing agricultural production and Conservation

Speaker: Martin Harper, Director of Conservation, RSPB

15:00
Best utilisation of resources embracing the latest technology for individual cow management

Speaker: Nigel Lok, South African dairy farmer

15:20
Optimal utilisation of water resources

Speaker: Juan Antonio Marhuenda Berenguer, Director of Production, Primaflor, Almeria, Spain.

15:40
Discussion
16:00
Session Close and tea
16:15
Scholars' Workshop (invitation only)
18:00
Oxford Union Debate - This House believes 'British agriculture could thrive outside the European Union'

Proposer: Stuart Agnew,  UK Independence Party MEPs representing the East of England

Seconder: Milly Wastie,  NFYFC Opposer: Andrew George, Member of Parliament for St Ives and West Cornwall

Seconder: Mark Houlton, NFYFC

 

19:30
Post-Conference Dinner at Christ Church College
22:00
Bar opens at Christ Church College

Thursday 5th January, 2012

07:45
RSPB Breakfast

This is an open breakfast invitation to all delegates.

08:50
Session 3 - Where is the power in global agriculture?

Chairman: David Douglas

08:55
OFC Research - Where is the power in global agriculture?

Speaker: Dr Alan Renwick, SAC Head of the Land Economy and Environment Research Group

09:15
Defra Secretary of State Caroline Spelman MP with questions
10:00
Coffee break
10:30
Global power in farming - a perspective from Australia

Speaker: Terry Hehir, Australian Organic Dairy Farmer, Chair of Nuffield Australia Farming Scholars and inaugural Chairman of Australia's Organic Dairy Farmers Co-operative (ODF)

11:15
Panel discussion with session speakers
12:15
Lunch
13:30
Session 4 - Confrontation or co-operation: joining up the food chain

Chairman: Nick Tapp

13:35
Consumers: the most important link in the food chain

Speaker: Sue Davies MBE, Chief Policy Advisor, Which?

14:00
Developing relationships up and down the supply chain

Speaker: Nick Vermont, CEO McCain Foods (GB) Ltd

14:25
Keeping close to the supply chain

Speaker:  Oliver Paul, Director, The Suffolk Food Hall.

14:50
Building stronger retailer relationships

Speaker: Andrew Opie, Director of Food & Sustainability, British Retail Consortium

15:15
Panel discussion with session speakers
15:45
Conference Close and Tea
19:30
Oxtail Club Dinner

Held at Worcester College.