The Oxford Farming Conference

Session 1 - Farming's place in an uncertain world

Conference introduction

Cedric Porter, 2012 Oxford Farming Conference Chairman

Agriculture: a global and US perspective

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

Farming takes centre stage

Rt Hon Jim Paice MP, Minister of State - Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

The opposition's view of farming's future

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

Frank Parkinson Lecture - Have emerging markets already emerged?

George Magnus, Senior Economic Advisor to UBS Investment Bank

Question Time

Chairman: Matt Dempsey, Editor, Irish Farmers Journal

Session 2 - Sustainable agriculture: Optimising limited resources

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

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

Balancing agricultural production and conservation

Martin Harper, Director of Conservation, RSPB

Individual cow management: embracing the latest technology

Nigel Lok, South African dairy farmer

Optimal utilisation of water

Juan Antonio Marhuenda Berenguer, Director of Production, Primaflor, Almeria, Spain

Session 3 - Where is the power in global agriculture?

OFC 2012 research report findings – Where is the power in global agriculture?

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

Big chances for a small island

Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP

Global power in farming – a perspective from Australia

Terry Hehir Australian organic dairy farmer, Chair of Nuffield Australia Farming Scholars

Power in agriculture: How my business can respond

Mike Roberts MBE, Founder, director and winemaker of Ridgeview Wine Estate and Chairman of the English Wine Producers

Session 4 - Confrontation or co-operation: joining up the food chain

Consumers: The most important link in the food chain

Sue Davies MBE Chief Policy Advisor, Which?

Developing relationships up and down the supply chain

Nick Vermont CEO McCain Foods (GB) Ltd

Keeping close to the supply chain

Oliver Paul Director, The Suffolk Food Hall

Building stronger retailer relationships

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