Press Room

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

Here you will be able to find all the information you need about the event including high resolution photos (see below), speech papers and press releases for you to use. You can also refer to the full conference programme, video library and papers' directory.



Press registration is now closed and will open late-autumn for the 2020 conference (7 to 9 January 2020, Oxford). All information throughout the year including the announcement of new Directors, theme for 2020 and speakers will be added to this press room. 



The PR, Marketing and Digital content is managed by Jane Craigie Marketing. To contact them please email or phone 07795 278767 (Jane Criagie) or 07792 467730 (Rebecca Dawes).

OFC 2019 Videos OFC Blog

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. 

Defra Secretary of State - PORTRAIT

Rt Hon Michael Gove MP speaking at the 2019 Oxford Farming Conference.

Presentation and speech to follow

Emerging Leaders 2019

Twenty-two farmers from around the UK who have been selected to join the Oxford Farming Conference’s (OFC) Emerging Leaders Programme.The aim is to enable active farmers aged 30-45 to achieve their potential sooner, both in personal and career development.

More information 

Defra Secretary of State - LANDSCAPE

Rt Hon Michael Gove MP speaking at the 2019 Oxford Farming Conference.

Presentation and speech to follow

OFC Chairman 2019

Tom Allen-Stevens

NFU President

Minette Batters

Shadow DEFRA Minister

David Drew

Head of Research at Shore Capital N.Ireland

Dr. Clive Black

Politics Session Panel

Dr Clive Black (Head of Research at Shore Capital N.Ireland), David Drew (Shadow DEFRA Minister), Minette Batters (NFU President), Anna Hill (OFC Director and session Chair), Michael Gove (Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

OFC 2019 Conference

Nyasha Mudukuti

Zimbabwe Farmer - Inspriational Journey: A Personal Perspective Speaker

Julie Borlaug

Frank Parkinson Lecture Speaker.

Matt Smith

Trefranck Farm, Sheep & Deer 

Stijn Baan

Koppert Kress, Netherlands

Sir Charles Burrell

Knepp Castle Estate

Minke van Wingerden

Floating Farm

Guy Smith

NFU - Oxford Union Debate, Proposer

Hiliary McGrady

National Trust - Oxford Union Debate, Opposer

Sarah Bell

Farmer & Consultant - Oxford Untion Debate Proposer, Seconder

Tom Lancaster

RSPB - Oxford Union Debate Opposer, Seconder

George Eustice MP

Barry Gardiner MP

Sir Lockwood Smith

Mark Clark

Managing Director, Grampian Growers Ltd, Montrose

World Beyond Brexit Panel

Barry Gardiner MP, Anna Hill (Chair), Mark Clark, Sir Lockwood Smith, George Eustice MP

Sir Ian Cheshire

Chairman, Barclays UK

Caroline Lucas MP

Former leader of the Green Party

Dr Matthew Smith

Director of Business Development, Microsoft UK

Prof. Cristobal Uauy

Project Leader in wheat genetics and genomics, John Innes Centre 

Brian Barker

AHDB Strategic Farm, Suffolk

Prof. Brendan Gilmore

Chair of Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Queen’s University Belfast

Dr Kate Pressland

Programme Manager, Innovative Farmers