Press Room

Welcome to the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) Press Room.

Here you will be able to find all the information you need for the 2019 conference,
taking place from 2nd to 4th January at Oxford University. 

Ahead of and during the event, this area will be updated with high resolution photos, speech papers and press releases for you to use. You can also refer to the full conference programme, video library and papers' directory.

We have interviewed a number of the speakers to assist media with advanced previews – copies of these interviews can be found below. 



A dedicated press room with a live conference stream and high wifi access is available for working media throughout the event. This includes complimentary refreshments and invitations to join the press briefings that follow some of the conference sessions. 

Press passes are available to members of the media who will be working on editorial, photographic or broadcast coverage of the conference. If you are working on a freelance basis, please provide information about your outlets.

If you are issued with a press pass, this will give you access to the conference from the 2nd to 4th January 2019. If you plan to attend the conference dinners, these are at your own expense and must be booked directly. If you are accredited for a pass, you can select and pay for dinners at the same time as completing your registration.

To apply for a press pass please email with your name, media outlet, contact email and phone number. You will receive a response by email within 3 working days (please note requests between 23rd December and 26th December 2018 may take longer).



The event will live stream two sessions on You Tube (via a secure link) for press who are unable to attend the conference. To request access, please click HERE (available late December). Requests submitted less than one hour before the session is due to start may experience a delay in approval.

Politics briefing – 10.15, Thursday 3rd January 2019

The headlining political briefing will challenge the latest developments of the proposed British Agricultural Policy, presented by the Defra Secretary of State. This will be followed by a panel session which will bring the Secretary of State into discussion with his opposition counterpart and NFU President Minette Batters. Head of Research at Shore Capital, N Ireland, Dr Clive Black will join what promises to be a fascinating and enlightening discussion.

The World Beyond Brexit – 08.45, Friday 4th January 2019

A positive session with politicians about how to take advantage of Brexit, focused on trade and finding a competitive advantage. Followed by discussion with Sir Lockwood Smith, ex-New Zealand Trade Minister, Claire Urry, Executive Director, China-Britain Business Council and Mark Clark, Managing Director, Grampian Growers Ltd, Montrose. 

Programme Speakers

High Resolution Photos

These high resolution photos are free to use and to publish elsewhere on condition that the source is acknowledged as Oxford Farming Conference. Further photographs are available - please review the full conference gallery (low resolution files) and email with copies of the images you require in high resolution. 

OFC 2019 Chairman

Oxford Farming Conference 2019 Chairman Tom Allen-Stevens.

Read his full biography HERE

Defra Secretary of State

Michael Gove speaking at the 2018 Oxford Farming Conference. He will join the event again in 2019.

Watch his presentation HERE and read his speech HERE

HRH The Princess Royal

Honorary President of the Oxford Farming Conference addressing the 2018 audience.