The Oxford Farming Conference has teamed up with Haymarket for a series of panel debates at Cereals, following a successful conference at the 2010 event.


Four sessions running over both days will see a total of 20 panellists debate the effects of CAP reform and market volatility and the application of new technology on farm.

Panellists include NFU president Peter Kendall, the event’s host farmer David Knott, Velcourt’s managing director James Townshend and Graham Harvey the agricultural story editor for The Archers.

“The Oxford Farming Conference sees the Arable Conference as an important extension of its main conference in January, allowing arable sector specific debate in informal surroundings,” says Cedric Porter, chairman of the 2012 Oxford Farming Conference.

The Arable Conference is sponsored by the Crop Protection Association, HGCA and RSPB. All sessions are free and will be chaired by Oxford Farming Conference directors, giving visitors a taste of the main conference held each January.

“Director Nick Tapp has gathered a knowledgeable and varied group of speakers who will address two important subjects for all arable growers,” says Mr Porter.

“The new CAP will slowly take shape over the next couple of years and while all growers know what effect market volatility has had over the past few years, they now need some direction in how it might affect them in the future.

“Meanwhile, the challenges of producing more food, while minimising the effect on the environment mean growers have to be more technically proficient and aware than ever before.”

“The Oxford Farming Conference is a charitable organisation with a remit of furthering knowledge and ideas within the farming sector – the Arable Conference is a big part of this,” adds Mr Porter.

“We will also be using the event to encourage final entries into the OFC’s ‘Practice with Science’ award, which has been launched in conjunction with the Royal Agricultural Society of England and is sponsored by AB Agri.

This award recognises scientists who are focusing on delivering major benefits to farmers through improved production, efficiencies or care for the environment.” Closing date for the award is 30 June 2011.

• For more details of the Arable Conference visit www.cerealsevent.co.uk, and for the Oxford Farming Conference, go to www.ofc.org.uk

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