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Programme 2016

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Programme 2016

Tuesday 5th January, 2016

14:30

Delegate Registration Opens

EXAMINATION SCHOOL FOYER

14:45

The Oxford Farming Conference AGM

Room 8

15:00

Scholars Reception

Room 6

Sponsored by McDonald's
15:15

Fringe Event - BBSRC

Staying ahead in the global farm: bioscience tackling pests and disease

Room 11

15:50

Fringe Event - Birketts

Public Access to Agricultural Land: Updating landowners on major changes to English public rights of way law

Room 14/15

16:25

Fringe Event - BASF

The Innovation Principle: Contributing to Sustainability

Room 10

17:00

Fringe Event - RICS

Rural Policy Paper Launch

Room 9

17:35

Fringe Event - McDonald’s

Championing quality food from farm to front counter

Room 11

18:15

Chairman's Reception for Speakers, Scholars, Patrons & Sponsors

NORTH SCHOOL, EXAMINATION SCHOOLS

Sponsored by McDonald's (by invitation only)
18:45

All delegate Champagne Reception

ST CATHERINE'S COLLEGE

Sponsored by Dovecote Park
19:30

Pre-Conference Dinner

Produce supplied by ABP, Produce World and Barbers

After Dinner Speakers: Charlotte Smith and Anna Hill, broadcasters.

ST CATHERINE’S COLLEGE

Sponsored by Frontier Agriculture and Informa Agra
21:45

After Dinner Bar

ST CATHERINE'S COLLEGE, Common Room

Wednesday 6th January, 2016

07:30

Morning Prayer

With Jerry Marshall 

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CHAPEL

07:30

Delegate Registration opens

07:45

Barclays Bank Breakfast

UK consumers food buying habits and how this could drive UK agriculture

08:45

Conference opening

Al Brooks, 2016 Conference Chairman

08:55

Politics Session

Session 1Chairman: Charlotte Smith 

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss, Defra Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural AffairsKerry McCarthy, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Sponsored by Massey Ferguson
09:35

Question Time

10:00

Coffee Break

10:30

Frank Parkinson Lecture

Innovation and Intensification for Sustainable agriculture

Dr Bram Govaerts

Associate Director of CIMMYT's Global Conservation Agricultural Program

 

Sponsored by The Frank Parkinson Trust
11:00

Questions and Discussion

11:30

The OFC/RASE Practice with Science Award

Sponsored by Map of Agriculture
11:55

OFC/DLG Travel Scholar Award

Robert Yardley, OFC/DLG 2015 scholar

12:00

Lunch

Sponsored by Massey Ferguson
13:20

Step-Change Science

Session 2Chairman: Tina Barsby

Digitization: The next revolution in agriculture

David Fischhoff, Chief Scientist at The Climate Corporation

 

Driving change with technology

Haven Baker, Vice President and General Manager at Simplot Plant Sciences

Unlocking performance with data collection

Neil Perkins, Nuffield Scholar and innovative sheep farmer

Where does the future come from?

Julian Marks, Managing Director, Barfoots of Botley

Sponsored by BBSRC
14:40

Questions and discussion

15:00

Presentation of 2016 Oxford Research Report

Chairman: Al Brooks

Entrepreneurialism & LeadershipGraham Redman, Partner, Andersons and the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship, Cranfield

Sponsored by Burges Salmon
15:30

Questions and discussion

16:00

Close and Tea

16:15

Scholars Workshop (Scholars only)

Room 9

Sponsored by McDonald's
18:00

Debate at the OXFORD UNION

"This house believes that agriculture is an equal opportunities industry."ProposingMichael Blanche, 1st generation farmer SeconderAled Rhys Jones, farmer's son and Assistant Chief Executive of the Royal Welsh Show

OpposingLinda Tinson, Agricultural and Rural Business solicitor from a farming familySeconderGareth Barlow, farmer and BBC food and farming programme presenter

Sponsored by Birketts LLP, Saffery Champness and Savills
19:30

Post-Debate Supper at CHRIST CHURCH

Sponsored by Birketts LLP, Saffery Champness and Savills
22:00

Bar opens

CHRIST CHURCH

Thursday 7th January, 2016

07:45

Innovative Farmers Breakfast

Fuelling farmers' bright ideas

LEAF, Innovation for Agriculture, Soil Association, Waitrose, Organic Research Centre and the Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation

 

08:50

Politics

UK Agriculture would be better off outside the EU

Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP for North Shropshire - ProposePhil Hogan EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development - Respond

Chaired by Charlotte Smith

Sponsored by Massey Ferguson
09:25

Questions and discussion

09:55

Coffee break

10:30

Is food the new medicine?

Session 3Chairman: Philip Wilkinson 

Food for a fitter future

Professor Susan Jebb, Professor of Diet and Population Health at the University of Oxford

Optimising the best that nature has to offerJudith Batchelar, OBE, Director of Brand, Sainsbury's

Farmer or Pharmacist?Dr Pearse Lyons, Founder and President, Alltech

Industry growth & the health agenda: friends or foe?James Withers, Chief Executive, Scotland Food & Drink

Sponsored by Co-operatives UK
11:45

Questions and discussion

12:25

Lunch

Sponsored by Clarke Willmott
13:45

Entrepreneurs and their stories

Session 4Chairman: Al Brooks Introductory video - John & Sarah Dunning, Westmorland Group

Tackling Crisis Points in Global AgricultureJames Walker, Australian farmer and founder of Agrihive

From hen house to humidity controlled warehouse – have you managed to sweat your assets?Emlyn Evans, The Squab Group

Our Family Agri-Business – from one farm to a global enterpriseCraig Carr, Carrfields Ltd, New Zealand

 

Sponsored by M&S
15:00

Questions and discussion

15:35

Chairman’s closing remarks and introduction of the 2017 Chairman, Martin Davies

15:45

Close and tea

19:30

Oxtail Club Dinner

WORCESTER COLLEGE