Sponsors

Principal Sponsors

BASF Crop Protection

BASF Crop Protection

Sponsor of the OFC Emerging Leaders' Programme 2020 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.

Top
Eden Search & Select

Eden Search & Select

Sponsor of the ‘The Power of Food in Society’ Conference Session on Thursday 9th January, the Eden Search OFC Conference Lunch Thursday 9th January and a page in the printed OFC Conference Programme 

Eden Search & Select is the only specialist executive search consultancy in the UK focused solely across the global food and drink supply chain. 

The team works with some of the  most successful names in agribusiness, animal health, food and drink, fresh produce and renewable energy - helping them shape the organisational structure and executive development of their companies, and identify board-level and senior management candidates, who can deliver sustained, profitable growth.

We combine deep industry insight and practical experience with specialist research expertise to engage with the best talent in our market. 

Eden’s services include:

  • Executive Search: focusing on Chair/Board/NED level  appointments building strategic partnerships with clients
  • Specialist Interim – supporting clients to find specific consultants and interim executives quickly to continue business growth
  • Organisational intelligence – utilising in-depth sector insight and in-house research capabilities to provide clients with strategic information that help them make informed and actionable decisions.
Top
Fendt

Fendt

Sponsor of the OFC Politics Session on Wednesday 8th 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.

Top
Kubota

Kubota

Sponsor of the OFC Inspiring Farmers Session on Thursday 9th January

Kubota UK is a market-leading manufacturer of Groundcare, Agricultural and Construction Equipment solutions.  

Formed in 1979 and based at Thame, Oxfordshire, Kubota (U.K.) Limited is a subsidiary of the Kubota Corporation, which was established in 1890 in Osaka, Japan.  

Kubota’s mission statement; “For Earth, For Life” highlights the company’s promise to continue to support the future of the earth and humanity by creating superior products, technologies and services that encourage the sustainable production of food, help supply and restore reliable water, and create a comfortable living environment. 

From powerful tractors to domestic mowers, the Kubota range delivers outstanding performance and legendary reliability; supported by a first-class service from a nationwide network of dedicated, specialist dealers. Investing in the appropriate machinery to support the UK’s farming community is a key objective for the team at Kubota UK.

Top
M&S

M&S

Sponsor of the UK Food Strategy Session on Wednesday 8th 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.

 

Top
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 Afternoon Tea

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.

Top
Sainsbury's

Sainsbury's

Sponsor of the OFC Breakout Sessions on Wednesday 8th January and the East School during OFC 2020

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

Top
UKRI

UKRI

Sponsor of the UKRI Innovation Hub on Tuesday 7th January from 3.00pm to 5.00pm and Exhibitors during OFC 2020

UKRI works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. We aim to maximise the contribution of each of our component parts, working individually and collectively. We work with our many partners to benefit everyone through knowledge, talent and ideas.

Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £7 billion, UKRI brings together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England.

 

Top
UPL

UPL

Sponsors of the "UPL OFC Drinks Reception" at 6.30pm on Tuesday 7th January, the " UPL OFC Banquet" in the North School of the Examination Schools at 8.00pm on Tuesday 7th January and Exhibitors during OFC 2020

UPL is focused on emerging as a premier global provider of total crop solutions, designed to secure the world’s long-term food supply. Our purpose, OpenAg, aims to create an open agriculture network that feeds sustainable growth for all, changing the way a whole industry thinks and works. OpenAg is about changing the game, and going beyond that. It strives to generate a much deeper impact on society, where agriculture is properly valued, food is sustainable and farmers grow and prosper. OpenAg - No limits, no borders.

Top

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.

Top
AgSpace

AgSpace

Sponsor of a Fringe Meeting on Tuesday 7th January - 4.00pm to 4.45pm as well as an insert in the OFC 2020 Conference Folder

Digitally Transforming Farming 

AgSpace is the digital arm of focused agri-services group Origin Enterprises and deliver market-leading digital solutions to agri-business, to help their customers make more informed decisions

Top
Breedr

Breedr

Sponsors and Exhibitors during OFC 2020

Breedr, the precision livestock network, enables a more efficient, sustainable, and trusted livestock supply chain through using animal data to drive the meat and livestock industry.

In January 2019 Breedr raised £2.4 million and won £800,000 in additional funding from the British Government to develop the world’s first blockchain secured livestock procurement tool. Breedr is working with farmers, processors, and retailers in the UK, Australia, and America, so they can trade smarter, finance faster and grow better quality animals.

Top
Brodies

Brodies

Sponsor of the Oxford Farming Conference Taster - Food, Tech, Branding at AgriScot 2019

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.

 

Top
Frank Parkinson Agricultural Trust

Frank Parkinson Agricultural Trust

Sponsor of the Frank Parkinson Lecture on Thursday 9th January

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

Top
Map of Ag

Map of Ag

Sponsor of a Fringe Meeting on Tuesday 7th January - 4.00pm to 4.45pm 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

 

Top
SellMyLivestock (part of Hectare Agritech)

SellMyLivestock (part of Hectare Agritech)

Sponsor of the OFC Science Lecture on Thursday 9th January

SellMyLivestock (part of Hectare Agritech) is Europe's largest online livestock marketplace. We bring the UK livestock trade together, with over 60,000 farmers, hauliers, feed growers, grain merchants, auction markets and banks all connected via a single digital platform. 

Top
Syngenta

Syngenta

Sponsor of the Syngenta OFC Social at the University Club on Tuesday 7th January - 8.00pm to 11.00pm and a Fringe Meeting on Wednesday 8th January - 4.00pm to 4.45pm  

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.

Top
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.
 

Top

Silver Sponsors

AHDB

AHDB

Co-sponsor of the NFU Next Generation and AHDB (on behalf of the Skills Leadership Group) - “Future of Skills” Fringe on Tuesday 7th 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. 

Top
Barclays Bank

Barclays Bank

Sponsor of the Business Breakfast meeting on Wednesday 8th 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.

Top
Ellacotts

Ellacotts

Co-sponsor of the Oxford Union Debate and the Post-Debate Supper on Wednesday 8th January

Ellacotts is a Top 100 accountancy firm with offices in Banbury, Kettering and London. With 60 years’ experience, we are market leaders in the agricultural and property sector. Our dedicated team of over 40 experts are from farming backgrounds and really understand the challenges and opportunities that face the farming industry. We work with a wide range of farmers, landowners and other agribusinesses to provide individually tailored taxation, accounting and related services.

Top
National Farmers Union

National Farmers Union

Sponsor of the OFC Conference Press Room 2020 and Co-sponsor of the NFU Next Generation and AHDB (on behalf of the Skills Leadership Group) - “Future of Skills” Fringe on Tuesday 7th January

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.

Top
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.

 

Top
Savills

Savills

Co-sponsor of the Oxford Union Debate and the Post-Debate Supper on Wednesday 8th 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. 

 

Top
Soil Essentials

Soil Essentials

Sponsor of a Fringe Meeting on Tuesday 7th January - 3.00pm to 3.45pm - Using Data in an Instinctive Intelligent and Integrated Manner

SoilEssentials are a 20 year old independently owned precision farming company. They supply their cloud software platform, KORE, globally. They have been supplying ntrip RTK over EssentialsNet for 10 years across the UK. Agronomy services and supplying and supporting Trimble machine control solutions  cover northern UK. KORE is used as a vehicle to supply a number of data products developed with ESA and innovate UK; Tuberzone, accurately predicts potato tuber yield and size distribution at a sub field level. SoilBio, developed with JHI is a new metric to measure soil functional health.

Top
The Prince’s Countryside Fund

The Prince’s Countryside Fund

Sponsor of the Oxford Farming Conference Business Breakfast on Thursday 9th 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.

Top
Thrings

Thrings

Co-sponsor of the Oxford Union Debate and the Post-Debate Supper on Wednesday 8th 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. 

Top

Sponsors

Crawford & Company

Crawford & Company

Sponsors of the Crawford Awards for Emerging Leaders at the OFC 2020

Lives. Businesses. Restored. 
They’re not just claims. They’re people. They’re family.

For over 75 years, Crawford has solved the world's claims handling challenges and helped agricultural businesses keep their focus where it belongs — on people.

We bring together thoughtful and talented people together to offer comprehensive, intelligent solutions to restore and enhance rural lives, businesses and communities across:

- Loss Adjusting
- Managed Repair
- Third Party Administration
- Catastrophe Services
- On-Demand Solutions

Top
RSPCA Assured

RSPCA Assured

Sponsor of the OFC Conference Pen

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

Acknowledged as a higher welfare scheme by the UK Government, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the RSPCA and operates as an entirely separate charity. A UKAS accredited scheme, RSPCA Assured is one of only two assurance schemes in Europe recognised for farm animal welfare.

The RSPCA Assured label makes it easy to identify products from animals that have been farmed to RSPCA farm animal welfare standards. Simple and distinct, the label raises consumer awareness, builds customer confidence and enhances brand trust. When customers see the logo, they can be sure the products come from animals which have been cared for to RSPCA welfare standards throughout their lives.

RSPCA Assured has recently introduced a new chain of custody standard to further enhance traceability back to farm. To find out more click on our link below:

 

Top