The Oxford Farming Conference hosts around 50 scholar and a number of Emerging Leader delegates at its conference. The scholars are sponsored by commercial organisations, charities, agricultural societies, Young Farmers clubs, colleges and universities. The Emerging Leaders' programme welcomed 15 progressive farmers to the 2017 conference. McDonalds and Massey Ferguson have been very supportive in building these elements of the OFC. 

This page is for the scholars who have been, are planning to come or are just interested in what scholars do and experience at the conference.

What past scholars say...
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What Scholars and Emerging Leaders should expect if they attend

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If you come to the conference as a scholar you will join the main conference delegates. We tend to have around 450 delegates who include farmers, food chain representatives, policy makers, academics, scientists and journalists. You will be encouraged to join fellow scholars to attend the whole conference and to join a very valuable session sponsored by McDonald's to help you make the most of the incredible opportunity that Oxford will give you. You will learn, meet some inspiring and influential people and have an opportunity to have your say in conference question times and the famous Oxford Union Debate.

Emerging Leaders

The Emerging Leaders will be welcomed to the conference as a group and involved in the whole of the conference. In addition, they will be included in dedicated workshops and discussion panels as part of the conference's fringe activities. 

OFC/DLG Travel Award 2017

The 2017 OFC/DLG Travel Award will visit Agritechnica and attend the Junge DLG conference in November 2017. Selected scholars will be announced in April 2017. 

Alice Partridge, Lynsey Martin (pictured) and Oscar Smith attended Eurotier in November 2016, as selected scholars representing the OFC as part of the organisation's OFC/German Agricultural Society (DLG) Travel Award. The trio were hosted by the Junge DLG (German Agricultural Society). Also attending were Robert Yardley, one of last year's scholars and OFC director, Tom Allen Stevens. Lynsey Martin, National Vice Chairman of the NFYFC spoke at the Junge DLG conference. Read the full story here

Reports from past scholars

Below are some examples of what other scholars have gained out of the conference: