The Oxford Farming Conference

Wednesday 2nd January, 2013

15:00
AGM

The Examination Schools

16:00
Fringe Meeting

What is agricultural sustainability and what can science contribute?

16:00
Delegate Registration Opens
16:00
Fringe Meeting

More for Less - Innovative technologies to deliver food security and new business opportunities for the UK

16:00
Fringe Meeting

Land Sharing - The role of trees in supporting sustainable intensification

18:00
Chairman’s Reception for Speakers, Scholars, Patrons and Sponsors
18:30
Champagne Reception

at OXFORD TOWN HALL

19:30
Pre Conference Dinner

At Oxford Town Hall with Lord Henry Plumb as after dinner speaker.Produce supplied by ABP and Greenvale

22:00
After Dinner Bar

At OXFORD TOWN HALL

Thursday 3rd January, 2013

07:30
Morning Prayer

with Rev Graham Jonesat University College Chapel.

07:45
Clydesdale Bank Breakfast

UK and global economic outlook - impact on agriculture

08:45
Conference opening

Mike Gooding, Chairman

08:55
SESSION 1 - Politics Session

Nick Tapp, Chairman

09:00
Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP

Secretary of State for Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

09:20
Mairead McGuinness MEP

Member European Parliament, Agriculture Committee

09:40
Hon John Luxton

Chairman of Dairy New Zealand

10:00
Question Time

with the three session speakers plus Jim McLaren former NFU Scotland President and Chairman of QMS

David Hughes, Chairman

11:15
Coffee Break
11:45
The Frank Parkinson Lecture - A Changing Perspective

Mark Lynas, Environmental campaigner and author

12:45
Lunch
14:00
SESSION 2 - Farming in Society

Mike Gooding, Chairman

14:00
Introduction Video by HRH The Prince of Wales
14:10
Presentation of the 2013 Oxford Farming Conference Research Report

 What do UK farmers deliver to society?

Dr Peter Carruthers, MD Vision 37 and Professor Michael Winter, Professor & Director of the Centre for Rural Policy Research, Exeter University

14:40
What does this mean to the Consumer?

Tom Heap, BBC Presenter

15:00
What does this mean to the Farmer?

Ian Pigott, LEAF demonstration farmer

15:20
What does this mean to Society?

Matthew Taylor, CEO, RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturesand Commerce)

15:40
Discussion

The five speakers from this session with be joined by Julia Aglionby, Director of the National Centre for the Uplands, Newton Rigg College, for a panel discussion with questions from the floor.

16:10
Close and Tea
16:30
Scholars' Workshop

With speaker James Price, arable farmer and NABIM 2011 Milling Wheat Grower of the Year

18:00
Oxford Union Debate

The Motion: This house believes economies of scale in agriculture are overstated – size is not important

Proposing the Motion: Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, Owner/MD The Black Farmer

Opposing the Motion: John Cameron, farmer and past, president of NFU Scotland

19:30
Post Debate Supper

at Christ Church

Friday 4th January, 2013

07:45
The RSPB Early Bird Breakfast

Celebrating all that farming does for wildlife

08:45
SESSION 3 - Technology and Innovation

Adrian Ivory, Chairman

08:50
Pushing up average wheat yields: What can we achieve and how?

Professor Maurice Maloney, Director and Chief Executive of Rothamsted Research 

09:20
Developing the right genetic stock for a different future

Mark Smith, Global Bovine Product Development & Production Director at Genus plc

09:50
Will precision farming change the face of UK agriculture?

Jake Freestone, Farmer and Nuffield Scholar in Precision Farming

10:20
Coffee Break
10:50
Where might science, technology and our understanding take us?

David Gardner, CEO of RASE

11:20
Panel Discussion

 with session speakers

11:45
OFC/RASE Science in Practice Award
12:00
Lunch
13:30
SESSION 4 - Inspiration and Vision

David Douglas, Chairman

13:40
Supply Chains

A Vision for the Future

Bill Mustoe, Chairman of First Milk

14:10
Managing Our Agricultural Talent

Martin Thorley, Merston Peters Recruitment Consultants

14:40
Finding a New Farming Paradigm

Yehuda Sprecher, Dairy Cow Housing design specialist

15:15
Panel Discussion

 with session speakers

15:30
Chairman’s Closing Remarks
15:30
Conference Close & Tea
19:30
Oxtail Club Dinner

at Worcester College