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The Oxford Farming Conference

Date: 2-4 January 2013
Venue: Oxford

Map of venue

The conference will include a hard-hitting political debate session, a session on technology & innovation and one on inspiration & global technology.

The 2013 Research will examine what farming delivers to society - it will be a seminal piece of work which quantifies the non-direct contributions farming makes to society in a financial context. This work is kindly being sponsored by Burges Salmon, RSPB and Volac. The work is being conducted by Dr Peter Carruthers of Vision 37 Ltd in conjunction with the University of Exeter and the University of Worcester.

Wednesday 2 January 2013

15:00
AGM
- The Examination Schools

16:00
Delegate Registration Opens

Fringe Meeting: Land Sharing - The role of trees in supporting sustainable intensification. Hosted by The Woodland Trust.

Fringe Meeting: What is agricultural sustainability and what can science contribute? Hosted by BBSRC.

Fringe Meeting: More for Less - Innovative technologies to deliver food security and new business opportunities for the UK. Hosted by IAgrE and ES-KTN.

18:00
Chairman's Reception for Speakers, Scholars, Patrons and Sponsors. Sponsored by McDonald's.

18:30
Champagne Reception at Oxford Town Hall. Sponsored by Dovecote Park.

19:30
Pre Conference Dinner at Oxford Town Hall with Lord Henry Plumb as after dinner speaker.
Produce supplied by ABP and Greenvale. Sponsored by Bidwells and Frontier Agriculture.

22:00
After Dinner Bar
at Oxford Town Hall.

Thursday 3 January 2013

07:30
Morning Prayer
- with Rev Graham Jones at University College Chapel.

07:45
Clydesdale Bank Breakfast
- UK and global economic outlook - impact on agriculture

08:45
Conference opening
- Mike Gooding, Chairman

08:55

SESSION 1

Politics Session - Nick Tapp, Chairman, sponsored by Massey Ferguson.

09:00
Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP
, Secretary of State for Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

09:20
Mairead McGuinness MEP
, Member European Parliament, Agriculture Committee

09:40
Hon John Luxton
, Chairman of Dairy New Zealand

10:00
Question Time - with the three session speakers plus Jim McLaren former NFU Scotland President and Chairman of QMS David Hughes, Chairman. Sponsored by Massey Ferguson.

11:15
Coffee Break
- sponsored by Taylors of Harrogate.

11:45
The Frank Parkinson Lecture - A Changing Perspective - Mark Lynas, Environmental campaigner and author, sponsored by The Frank Parkinson Trust.

12:45
Lunch - sponsored by Massey Ferguson.

14:00

SESSION 2

Farming in Society - Mike Gooding, Chairman, sponsored by Waitrose.

Introduction Video by HRH The Prince of Wales.

14:10
Presentation of the 2013 Oxford Farming Conference Research Report, sponsored by Burges Salmon, RSPB and Volac

What do UK farmers deliver to society? - Dr Peter Carruthers, MD Vision 37 and Professor Michael Winter, Professor & Director of the Centre for Rural Policy Research, Exeter University

14:40
What does this mean to the Consumer? - Tom Heap, BBC Presenter

15:00
What does this mean to the Farmer? - Ian Pigott, LEAF demonstration farmer

15:20
What does this mean to Society? - Matthew Taylor, CEO, RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures
and Commerce)

15:40
Discussion - The five speakers from this session with be joined by Julia Aglionby, Director of the National Centre for the Uplands, Newton Rigg College, for a panel discussion with questions from the floor.

16:10
Close and Tea

16:30
Scholars' Workshop - with speaker James Price, arable farmer and NABIM 2011 Milling Wheat Grower of the Year, sponsored by McDonald's.

18:00
Oxford Union Debate - sponsored by Birketts LLP, Saffery Champness and Smiths Gore

The Motion: This house believes economies of scale in agriculture are overstated - size is not important

Proposing the Motion: Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, Owner/MD The Black Farmer

Opposing the Motion: John Cameron, farmer and past, president of NFU Scotland

19:30
Post Debate Supper - at Christ Church, sponsored by Birketts LLP, Saffery Champness and Smiths Gore

Friday 4 January 2013

07:45

The RSPB Early Bird Breakfast - Celebrating all that farming does for wildlife

08:45

SESSION 3

Technology and Innovation - Adrian Ivory, Chairman, sponsored by M&S

08:50
Pushing up average wheat yields: What can we achieve and how? - Professor Maurice Maloney, Director and Chief Executive of Rothamsted Research

09:20
Developing the right genetic stock for a different future - Mark Smith, Global Bovine Product Development & Production Director at Genus plc

09:50
Will precision farming change the face of UK agriculture? - Jake Freestone, Farmer and Nuffield Scholar in Precision Farming

10:20
Coffee Break - sponsored by Taylors of Harrogate.

10:50
Where might science, technology and our understanding take us? - David Gardner, CEO of RASE

11:20
Panel Discussion with session speakers.

11:45
OFC/RASE Science in Practice Award - sponsored by AB Agri.

12:00 - Lunch

13:30

SESSION 4 

Inspiration and Vision - David Douglas, Chairman

13:40
Supply Chains - A Vision for the Future - Bill Mustoe, Chairman of First Milk

14:10
Managing Our Agricultural Talent - Martin Thorley, Merston Peters Recruitment Consultants

14:40
Finding a New Farming Paradigm - Yehuda Sprecher, Dairy Cow Housing design specialist

15:15
Panel Discussion
with session speakers

15:30
Conference Close & Tea
- Chairman's closing remarks

19:30
Oxtail Club Dinner at Worcester College

Further information

Please visit the Oxford Farming Conference website at: www.ofc.org.uk

Contact

External Relations Unit