The Oxford Farming Conference 

3-4 January, 2002

THIS years annual Oxford Farming Conference, called Building our new industry, is taking place on 3-4 January.

Ministers, industry leaders, farmers and academics have been asked to set out their vision for the future of British farming and world agriculture.

For full coverage of the event, click on the headlines below.


  • Foot-and-mouth victim calls for help
    4 January, 2002
    A FORMER farm leader from a county devastated by foot-and-mouth disease has called for more help so marginal farms can recover
  • Becketts speech pleases some
    4 January, 2002
    A SPEECH by Rural Affairs Secretary Margaret Beckett received a mixed reaction from delegates at the Oxford Farming Conference
  • Beckett under fire at farm conference
    4 January, 2002
    RURAL Affairs Secretary Margaret Beckett fielded 30 minutes of questions from delegates at the Oxford Farming Conference
  • Beckett: No subsidy for unwanted goods
    4 January, 2002
    RURAL Affairs Secretary Margaret Beckett has told farmers that they will not be subsidised to produce unwanted goods
  • Organic farming in moral battle
    4 January, 2002
    THE era of “industrial farming” is over and should make way for organic systems, a debate at the Oxford Farming Conference was told
  • Drop old arguments, farmers told
    4 January, 2002
    THE governments rural advisor has urged farmers to ditch old arguments against the government and public lack of understanding of agriculture

  • MLC faces radical reform – chairman
    3 January, 2002
    THE chairman of the Meat and Livestock Commission has hinted that his organisation will be radically reformed in the wake of foot-and-mouth
  • Farmers seek funds for virus case
    3 January, 2002
    A GROUP of farmers at the Oxford Farming Conference is raising funds for a judicial review in a bid to force a public inquiry into foot-and-mouth
  • US grain group targets UK growers
    3 January, 2002
    BRITISH farmers will be targeted by a north American wheat marketing corporation which aims to market grain on an international basis
  • USA to push for more farm reform
    3 January, 2002
    THE USA will continue to use World Trade Organisation talks to push for further reforms to agriculture, said US agriculture secretary Ann Veneman
  • Germans call for EU-wide modulation
    3 January, 2002
    A COMPULSORY modulation rate should be introduced across the whole of Europe, delegates at the Oxford Farming Conference were told

  • Beckett to address farm conference
    2 January, 2002
    RURAL Affairs Secretary Margaret Beckett is expected to outline her vision for the future of farming at the Oxford Farming Conference