Sponsors

Principal Sponsors

AHDB

AHDB

Sponsor of a Fringe meeting on Thursday 3rd January - 9.00am to 9.45am and the Lunch and Networking Event on Friday 4th January.

Inspiring farmers, growers and industry to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

AHDB works with farmers, growers and processors to deliver a world-class food and farming industry inspired by, and competing with the best. We have expert regional presence across England, Scotland and Wales and a dedicated resource overseas to develop export opportunities. To help industry be ‘Fit for the Future’ our collaborative projects deliver farm-based knowledge on best practise, support farmer to farmer learning, upskill and professionalise the work force, provide insight into consumer trends and market information, publish technical guides and much more. 

AHDB’s strategic priorities for 2018 to 2020

1. Inspiring British farming and growing to be more competitive and resilient 

2. Accelerating innovation and productivity growth through coordinated research and development (R&D) and knowledge exchange (KE) 

3. Helping the industry understand and deliver what consumers will trust and buy 

4. Delivering thought leadership and horizon scanning.

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BASF Crop Protection

BASF Crop Protection

Sponsor of the Emerging Leaders' Programme and the Oxford Farming Conference videos. 

Our Crop Protection division is a leading innovator of solutions that support growers to optimise agricultural production, improve their business efficiency and enhance the quality of life for a growing world population.  Farmers take social and environmental responsibilities very seriously, producing quality crops in sufficient volumes to satisfy the needs of an ever-growing world population. At BASF we play a part by creating chemistry & developing solutions that help with these aims. We are motivated and proud to contribute to agriculture and help farmers to overcome these challenges. As well as providing innovative solutions in crop protection, our portfolio also includes technologies for seed treatment and biological control as well as solutions to manage water, nutrients and plant stress. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers to meet the current and future needs of the value chain. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future.

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BBSRC

BBSRC

Sponsor of the BBSRC Innovation Hub on Thursday 3rd January - Cutting-edge research for advanced sustainable agriculture and the "World of Innovation" Conference Session on Friday 4th January - A focus on some of the world's most spectacular innovations in food and farming, their impact on the world, and the barriers to acceptance and how to overcome those.

An exciting opportunity to get up-close with the latest agricultural research from around the country. Learn about BBSRC’s investment in world-class bioscience research, and how it could help your business adapt to change. 

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. BBSRC invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Our aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond. BBSRC invested £498 million in world-class bioscience in 2017-18. Our research addresses the global challenge of ensuring food security, and helps to support strong and competitive UK food and agricultural sectors.

 

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Fendt

Fendt

Sponsor of the Politics Conference Session on Thursday 3rd January.

Fendt is the leading brand in Agricultural machinery in technology and innovation.  With Fendt tractors and harvesting machines, farmers and contractors can reach their goals faster and with a higher yield. That is why it is ours and the dealer network’s aim to fulfil the requirements of our customers, even to exceed them, and to help them to success where everything begins: at the interface between the sky and earth, where nature and agricultural expertise meet. This is where Fendt drivers profit directly from efficient technologies that have been engineered to enhance economy – for more profitable and sustainable food and fodder production as well as the improved use of natural raw materials and energy.

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M&S

M&S

Sponsor of the "Personal Perspective" Conference Sessions on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th January

Founded in 1884, M&S has grown from a single market stall to an international, multi-channel retailer. We sell high quality, great value products to 32 million customers through our 914 UK stores and our e-commerce platform.  We aim to become the world's most sustainable retailer and Plan A, our eco and ethical programme, is at the very heart of how we do business. We continue to extend the influence of Plan A - engaging our employees, suppliers and customers. This is brought to life in our Food business through our Farming for the Future and Forever Fish programmes, which see us working with farmers, growers and fishermen to deliver security of supply and help them to address the sustainability challenges they face.

 

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Openfield

Openfield

Sponsor of the "World Beyond Brexit" Conference Session on Friday 4th January - a positive look at how to take advantage of Brexit, focusing on trade and finding a competitive advantage. Also sponsors of the Networking Lunch on Thursday 3rd January.

As one of Britain’s most successful and enduring cooperatives, we’re committed to putting our members’ needs first. We appreciate the challenges and opportunities that farmers are presented with every day, and by working together, we can help you overcome those challenges and make the most of every opportunity. We work with over 4500 farmers to market 20% of the national cereals and rape crop. Please visit us to discuss your seed, fertiliser, grain marketing and storage needs.

 

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Gold Sponsors

Adama

Adama

Sponsor of the OFC Conference App.

Adama Agricultural Solutions Ltd, formerly known as Makhteshim Agan Industries, established for nearly 70 years, is a leading global manufacturer and distributor of crop protection solutions and the leading off-patent provider. Offering a full range of herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, growth regulators and Molluscicides; Adama is characterised by its innovation, approach to product development, and strict standards of environmental protection and quality control. Their products are available in the UK through leading distributors and agronomy companies.

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Arysta LifeScience

Arysta LifeScience

Sponsor of the "Arysta Conference Drinks Reception" at 6.30pm on Wednesday 2nd January and the  "Arysta Conference Dinner" at Exeter College at 8.00pm on Wednesday 2nd January. 

Arysta LifeScience is a global provider of innovative crop protection and yield enhancement solutions for a variety of crops and applications including cereals, oilseeds and fruit & vegetables.  
With more than 250 active ingredients, Arysta LifeScience focuses on the development, formulation, registration, marketing and distribution of crop protection products for specialist applications, including market-leading foliar sprays, seed treatments and biosolutions.

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Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP

Sponsor of the Oxford Farming Conference Debate at the Royal Highland Show.

Brodies LLP is Scotland’s largest law firm, delivering legal services of the highest quality to Scottish, UK and global businesses and individuals. With offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Brussels, the firm has more independently ranked top tier practice areas and individuals than any other firm in Scotland. The firm offers legal advice to farm business, agri-businesses, developers, funders and investors in key sectors of rural land, agriculture, agri-business, renewables, and food and drink.

 

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Burges Salmon

Burges Salmon

Sponsor of the Oxford Farming Conference Science Lecture on Thursday 3rd January.

Burges Salmon is the independent UK law firm which delivers the best mix of advice, service and value. Everything we do is driven by the needs of our clients.

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Hectare Agritech

Hectare Agritech

Sponsor of a Fringe meeting on Thursday 3rd January - 9.00am to 9.45am as well as an OFC conference folder insert.

Hectare is an ambitious agritech company entirely focussed on eliminating current inefficiencies, and deficiencies, in agri-food supply chains.

SellMyLivestock and Graindex are digital marketplaces enabling the online trade of farm livestock and combinable crops between farmers and their downstream supply chains. These two markets alone in the UK are worth over £12 billion per annum. We are developing a range of complimentary products and integrations to enable better data-driven decision-making, lower the cost of procurement, and facilitate clearer market signals.

The agri-food supply chain is increasingly sophisticated. Modern supply chains demand more information than ever about each consignment. Product data must flow seamlessly up and down the supply chain. We make this happen.

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Map of Ag

Map of Ag

Sponsor of a Fringe meeting on Thursday 3rd January - 9.00am to 9.45am as well as the Oxford Farming Conference Poll.

Our mission is to connect Farmers, AgProfessionals and Farm Service Organisations to enable better farming. We provide agricultural insight and knowledge through pioneering analytics and modelling.

 

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McDonald's

McDonald's

Sponsor of the OFC Scholars' Programme including the Scholars' Reception and the Scholars' Workshop as well as the OFC Chairman's Reception.

McDonald's serve over 3.5 million customers every day with restaurants in over 1,270 communities across the UK. We are passionate about sourcing the best ingredients for our menu and we are proud of our world class supply chain. Our agriculture programme, Farm Forward, supports British and Irish farmers who share our passion for sustainable food production and our investment in food and packaging has grown over the last four decades to over £900 million each year.

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Volac

Volac

Sponsor of the Oxford Farming Conference Delegate Folders.

Volac is one of Europe’s fastest growing and ambitious international dairy nutrition businesses. We believe that dairy nutrition is important for a sustainable and healthy world and our commitment is to improve livestock productivity and help people live more healthily for longer.

We make the best, market-leading products for our customers and build deep, long-lasting relationships which we combine with our expertise, vision and energy to make things happen.
 

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Silver Sponsors

Barclays Bank

Barclays Bank

Sponsor of the 'Productivity, Efficiency and Profitability' Breakfast meeting on Thursday 4th January 

Our first agricultural deal was in 1744 and we’ve been supporting the growth of UK farming ever since, with such a long agricultural pedigree, you can rely on Barclays to understand your business needs.

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Breedr

Breedr

Conference Exhibitor and Sponsor of the Conference Programme and a Conference Folder insert

The productivity and marketing platform that’s transforming the livestock supply-chain

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Corteva Agriscience

Corteva Agriscience

Sponsor of the Future Farmers Conference Session on Thursday 3rd January.

Corteva Agriscience™ is the newly formed agriculture division of DowDuPont. Through the delivery of best-in-class seeds and crop protection solutions, we put farmers and consumers at the heart of everything we do; growing progress and ensuring the success of generations to come.

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Ellacotts

Ellacotts

Co-sponsor of the Oxford Union Debate and the Post-Debate Supper on Thursday 3rd January

With over 50 years’ experience, we are market leaders in the agricultural sector. We work with farmers, landowners and other agribusinesses to provide individually tailored taxation and accounting services.

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Frank Parkinson Agricultural Trust

Frank Parkinson Agricultural Trust

Sponsor of the Frank Parkinson Lecture on Thursday 3rd January

The main objective of the Frank Parkinson Agricultural Trust is to contribute to the improvement and welfare of British agriculture.

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National Farmers Union

National Farmers Union

Sponsor of a Fringe meeting on Wednesday 2nd January - 4.00pm to 4.45pm - The Future of Land Tenure in a New Agricultural Era as well as the Conference Press Room 2019.

The NFU is the national, agricultural trade association for England and Wales championing British farming and providing professional representation and services on the issues affecting its farmer and grower members.

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Roythornes

Roythornes

Sponsor of the OFC Conference Name Badge and Lanyard.

Roythornes Solicitors is recognised for specialist agricultural work including advising on tax planning, landlord/tenant, farm partnerships, field sports law, the impacts of Brexit, on-farm sustainable energy projects and development.

 

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Sainsbury's

Sainsbury's

Sponsor of a Fringe meeting on Wednesday 2nd January - 4.00pm to 4.45pm

Intelligent Agriculture at Sainsbury’s - Utilising data across the agriculture supply chain to unlock insight driving continuous improvement

Sainsbury’s commitment to helping customers live well for less has been at the heart of what we do since 1869. Today that means making our customers’ lives better and easier every day by offering great quality and service at fair prices – across food, clothing, general merchandise and financial services – whenever and wherever they want to shop

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Savills

Savills

Co-sponsor of the Oxford Union Debate and the Post-Debate Supper on Thursday 3rd January

Savills was founded as a rural surveying business over 150 years ago and we remain deeply involved in the rural economy at all levels.  We have 43 dedicated rural offices around the country with over 500 rural professionals advising clients.  The cornerstone of our business is asset management and Savills manages or consults on in excess of 3.5 million acres within the United Kingdom, acting for private clients, institutions, charities, corporates and the public sector. 

 

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Syngenta

Syngenta

Sponsor of the Tap Social Conference Dinner on Wednesday 2nd January - 8.00pm to 11.00pm 

Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown. We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalising rural communities.

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The Prince’s Countryside Fund

The Prince’s Countryside Fund

Sponsor of the Oxford Farming Conference Breakfast meeting on Friday 4th January.

Established by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2010, The Prince’s Countryside Fund exists to improve the prospects of family farm businesses and the quality of rural life, and through our partnerships and events to celebrate and promote the value of the countryside.

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Thrings

Thrings

Co-sponsor of the Oxford Union Debate and the Post-Debate Supper on Thursday 3rd January.

Top 100 law firm Thrings has been acting for landed estates, farms, growers, agribusinesses and other rural enterprises for more than a century. Based at offices in Bath, Bristol, London, Romsey, Swindon and Frome Livestock Market, Thrings’ specialist agriculture team - the largest of any law firm in the UK - takes a collaborative approach to working with clients and their other advisers, offering clear, concise and commercially astute guidance. 

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Sponsors

Kuhn

Kuhn

Sponsor of the National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs and the Rural Youth Project Fringe meeting on Wednesday 2nd January - 4.00pm to 4.45pm

KUHN Group is the world’s leading supplier of machinery for hay and silage making, baling and wrapping, bedding and feeding, soil preparation, seeding, fertilisation, spraying and landscape maintenance.  

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NSF International

NSF International

Sponsor of the Oxford Farming Conference Programme

NSF International: Creating Customer Confidence from Farm to Food, working with you to demonstrate the quality of what you produce. Our expertise includes animal welfare, food safety, traceability, sustainability and provenance.

 

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RSPCA Assured

RSPCA Assured

Sponsor of the OFC Conference Pen.

RSPCA Assured is a farm animal welfare assurance scheme and ethical food label.  

Dedicated solely to improving welfare of animals in the food chain, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the RSPCA, a separate Charity and not-for-profit.  Working to ISO 17065 and UKAS accredited, it is recognised as the only assurance scheme in Europe dedicated to farm animal welfare and acknowledged as a higher welfare scheme by the UK Government.

Assessing chickens, turkeys, laying hens, pigs, sheep, cattle, salmon and trout.  The standards cover health, diet, space, light , bedding and enrichments through to transportation and humane slaughter. A new chain of custody standard has been launched to support traceability through the supply chain and the use of the RSPCA Assured label.

The RSPCA Assured label makes it easy to recognise products from animals that have been farmed to RSPCA farm animal welfare standards.  It raises consumer awareness, builds confidence and trust in the provenance of the products and supports the CSR aspirations of companies involved with the scheme.

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