The Oxford Farming Conference

OFC Conference Close

OFC 2023 Close

OFC23 Chair Emily Norton closes the conference, and hands over to OFC24 Chair, Will Evans who reveals the 2024 theme.

Succeeding after adversity

Succeeding after adversity

Samantha Kinghorn MBE, Double Paralympic Medallist

Disrupting global food politics - a personal manifesto

Disrupting global food politics - a personal manifesto

Danielle Nierenberg, President of Food Tank

Inspiring Farmers

Mary Quicke

Quicke's Traditional Ltd

Salih Hodzhov

WB Chambers Farms Ltd

Chris Jones & Full Session Q & A

Woodland Valley Farm

Is consensus on land in Britain possible?

Is consensus on land in Britain possible?

Sir Charles Godfray, Director of the Oxford Martin School, including the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food.

Farmers leading the battle for soil and soul

Farmers leading the battle for soil and soul

Sir Tim Smit, Executive Vice-Chair and Co-founder of the Eden Project

Scaling local food economies

Scaling local food economies

Mairi Gougeon ,Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, Scottish Government
George Burgess, Interim Director of Agriculture and Rural Economy, Scottish Government
Jannine McMahon, Moss Lane Farm.

The business case for nature-based solutions

The business case for nature-based solutions

James Alexander, Finance Earth
Beccy Speight, Chief Executive for RSPB
Jamie Butler from Meon Springs.

Farming Innovations

OFC Patron, HRH The Princess Royal

OFC Patron

HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne

The Frank Parkinson Lecture

The Frank Parkinson Lecture

Advancing Climate Change and Food System Solutions, sponsored by Frank Parkinson Agricultural Trust

Speaker: Cynthia Rosenzweig, Senior Research Scientist and Head of the Climate Impacts Group at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

The Well-being of Future Generations Act

The Well-being of Future Generations Act

Jane Davidson, Author of #Futuregen: Lessons from a Small Country

UK Policy

Getting the rules right

Jojo Mehta & Kyle Lischak

Jojo Mehta, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Stop Ecocide International
Kyle Lischak, Head of UK, ClientEarth

The future of sustainable trade

Jason Hafemeister & Kimberley Botwright

Jason Hafemeister - Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs and the Trade Counsel to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Kimberley Botwright - Head of Sustainable Trade for the World Economic Forum.

Fieldwork Book Club

Fieldwork Book Club, in partnership with OFC

Hosted in partnership with the Fieldwork Book Club, this session was joined by Adam Bedford who interviewed authors, Sarah Langford and Bella Bathurst, as they discussed their books and reflections on agriculture.

OFC 2023 Report

OFC 2023 Report Launch

Supply Chain Synergies: What is the appropriate role of supply chains in achieving responsible production at farm level?

Online Fringes (hosted on 8 December)

OFC Opening Fringe, with guest speakers from Ukraine

Ukraine Deputy Minister of Agriculture, and President of Ukraine Agricultural Advisory Services, Kyiv Lviv

Net Zero Future: A Global Perspective on transitioning to a sustainable farming future

Hosted by Map of Ag, the panel provided insights into how countries are dealing with the transition to a sustainable farming future including, commercial, political, trade and cultural challenges.

Keys to Securing Business Resilience in an Uncertain Era

Trinity Agtech and industry colleagues discuss what ‘farming a new future’ means in terms of farm-business resilience.

Roots to Farming - Attracting and Growing Future Talent

The 2023 Conference marks 10 years since OFC and McDonald’s partnered to support the OFC Scholars Programme, to support young people attend the conference while gaining valuable skills to foster leaders of tomorrow.

Can Insect Bioconversion help provide Feed Security and Lower Carbon Footprint amid the growing Demand for Protein?

Farmers are bearing the brunt of rapidly rising compound feed and fertiliser prices whilst also being challenged to manage their waste streams in productive and sustainable ways. Insect bioconversion may prove to be a solution.

Net Zero in Farming – Threat or opportunity for the sector?

Much talk and debate around farming moving to Net Zero by 2040 – how will this be achieved and, given the present inflation challenges and challenges around food security, is it right this should be our focus at the present time?

Farming a new future: From fundamental research to real world application.

The UKRI fringe event examined how fundamental research can lead to the practical implementation of real world solutions that will secure our farming future.