The Oxford Farming Conference

Thursday 4th June, 2020

Webinar 1 - The Business Organisation of Farming

The conference in 1939 investigated the Business Organisation of Farming, a topic that is of critical relevance today as we face an agricultural transition period that shifts responsibility for farm viability from the government to farm businesses themselves.

The Agriculture Bill contains measures to invest in public goods but also plenty around supply chain regulation - in theory offering greater protection to farming businesses. What role should supply chains have in farm business viability? Are the supply chain provisions of the Ag Bill an opportunity, or a threat, to UK farming businesses? Our panel will explore the topic along with farm business structures, agricultural subsidies and what the Business Organisation of Farming means in 2020 and beyond.

Speakers (click on their name to read their biography):

  • CEO of the Tenant Farmers Association George Dunn
  • Institutional Agricultural Investor and Nuffield Scholar Angus Selby
  • Scottish Land and Estates CEO Sarah-Jayne Laing
  • Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon


  • OFC Director and Head of Rural Research at Savills UK, Emily Norton

To register for the free one-hour webinar, click here

Thursday 2nd July, 2020

Webinar 2 - Towards Greater Self Sufficiency

This timely webinar which reinvestigates the OFC 1958 theme Towards Greater Self Sufficiency will look at Food security, nature and net zero: can we have our cake and eat it?

Covid-19 and empty supermarket shelves have prompted a refocus on our food security. What should this mean for the new Agriculture Bill progressing through Parliament, with its emphasis on paying farmers to protect the environment? Is it time for a re-think? Or is our food security dependent on reducing climate and nature risks? Can we have our cake and eat it?

Our panel will explore:

  • What do we mean by food security?
  • What lessons have we learned from Covid-19 about what matters for UK food security?
  • How can we balance food security priorities with tackling the climate and nature emergencies?

Speakers (biographies coming soon):

  • Prof. of Food Policy at London’s City University Prof. Tim Lang
  • Strategy and Policy Director at Soil Association Joanna Lewis
  • Speaker 3 to be announced
  • Speaker 4 to be announced


OFC Director, and Associate Director Farming and Land Use at Soil Association, Liz Bowles


To register for the free one-hour webinar, click here