The Oxford Farming conference

Monday 6th January, 2014

15:00

AGM

  in the Examination Schools

15:45

Delegate Registration Opens

Examination Schools Foyer

16:10

Fringe Meeting

Field Research– translating world-class research into world-leading agriculture. Where are we now and where do we need to be?

Hosted by BBSRC
16:30

Fringe Meeting

Investing in innovation: when farmers drive R&D

Hosted by Soil Association
16:50

Fringe Meeting

Is pasture the way to future proof the dairy industry?

Hosted by WSPA
18:00

Chairman’s Reception for Speakers, Scholars, Patrons and Sponsors

Sponsored by McDonald’s
18:30

Champagne Reception

at Oxford Town Hall

Sponsored by Dovecote Park
19:30

Pre-Conference Dinner

with after dinner speaker Rt Hon Sir James Paice, MP for South Cambridgeshire

Produce kindly supplied by ABP, Greenvale, Arla, Geroge Romney Ltd and J Farrer & Co (Kendal) Ltd

Sponsored by Bidwells and Frontier Agriculture
22:00

After Dinner Bar

 at Oxford Town Hall

Tuesday 7th January, 2014

07:30

Morning Prayer

With Jerry Marshall at University College Chapel

07:45

Barclays Bank Breakfast

Return on capital: Does it/should it matter for UK farmers and landowners?

(limited tickets)

08:45

Conference Opening

Adrian Ivory and Julian Gairdner

08:55

Session 1: Politics

Julian Gairdner, Chairman

Sponsored by Massey Ferguson
09:00

Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP

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

09:20

Simon Coveney

Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine

09:40

Peter Kendall

NFU President

10:00

Dacian Cioloş

EU Commissioner for Agriculture

10:30

Coffee Break

Sponsored by Taylors of Harrogate and J Farrer & Co (Kendal) Ltd
11:00

Question Time

with the session speakers and chaired by Charlotte Smith, Presenter on BBC Radio 4 Farming Today

11:45

The Frank Parkinson Lecture

Social Media – changing the way farmers do businessDavid Taylor and Michelle Carvill, co-authors of The Business of being Social

Sponsored by The Frank Parkinson Trust
12:45

Lunch

Sponsored by Massey Ferguson
14:00

Session 2: Vision and Inspiration

Adrian Ivory, Chairman 

Sponsored by Marks & Spencer
14:10

Grasping the dairy opportunity: a young person’s perspective

Sally Wilson, Dairy Farmer

14:35

Putting oomph and passion into rural tourism

Caroline Millar, Nuffield Scholar and Owner of The Hideaway Experience 

15:00

Farming in the modern world

Hans Henrik Koefoed, CEO, Ingleby Farms & Forests

15:25

Making the most of our resources

Chris Musgrave, MD, Musgrave Management Systems

15:30

Discussion

16:15

Close and Tea

16:20

Scholars’ Workshop

Sponsored by McDonald’s
18:00

Debate at the Oxford Union

This house believes that green energy is not worth the carbon it takes to produce

Proposing the Motion: Roger Helmer, UKIP MEP for the East MidlandsSeconder: Matthew Sharp

Opposing the Motion: Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green PartySeconder: Duncan Howie

Sponsored by Birketts, Saffery Champness and Smiths Gore
19:30

Post-Debate Supper

at Christ Church

Sponsored by Birketts, Saffery Champness and Smiths Gore

Wednesday 8th January, 2014

07:45

The RSPB Breakfast

Working together for nature(limited tickets)

08:45

Session 3: Opportunity Agriculture

Tom Hind, Chairman

Sponsored by Burges Salmon, Syngenta and Volac
08:55

Presentation of the 2014 Oxford Farming Conference Research Report

Ian Ashbridge, Report Author, Bidwells

Sponsored by Burges Salmon, Syngenta and Volac
09:30

Craigmore: building commercial farmland portfolios

Forbes Elworthy, Craigmore Sustainables/ Farmland and Forestry Investment Manager

09:50

Farming for the customer

Guy Poskitt, Farmers Weekly Farmer of the Year 2012

10:10

Using collaboration and imagination to grow a dairy farming business

Tom Rawson, Director, Evolution Farming Ltd

10:30

Coffee Break

Sponsored by Taylors of Harrogate and J Farrer & Co (Kendal) Ltd
11:00

Panel Discussion

11:40

OFC/RASE Practice with Science Award

Sponsored by AB Agri
12:00

Lunch

Sponsored by ASDA/ABP
13:10

Session 4:Technology and Innovation

Richard Whitlock, Chairman

Sponsored by BASF
13:15

A vision of farming with robots in 2050

Professor Simon Blackmore, Head of Engineering, Harper Adams University 

13:45

Broiler breeding toward 2050: feeding the world

Jerry Moye, President, Cobb-Vantress Inc

14:15

UK Agri-Tech Strategy: The UK as a global hub of Agricultural Innovation

George Freeman, MP for mid Norfolk

15:15

Panel Discussion

15:30

Chairman's Closing Remarks

15:40

2015 Conference Taster

15:45

Close and Tea

19:30

Oxtail Club Dinner

At Worcester College