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See Farmers Weekly news live from the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC), the annual event which brings together the farming industry to discuss and debate the big issues in agriculture. Delegates include farmers, agribusiness, Defra politicians, scientists and scholars.


10 Andrea Leadsom quotes dissected

Her keynote speech to the Oxford Farming Conference reveals that Defra secretary Andrea Leadsom is a long way from devising a post-Brexit policy for agriculture. Johann Tasker takes a closer look…


What farmers could learn from small-scale coffee producers

British farmers could secure a better return from the marketplace by following the example of small-scale coffee producers overseas, Oxford Farming Conference delegates have been told. Delivering the Frank Parkinson…

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Applicants sought for OFC Emerging Leaders programme

Farmers and other agricultural industry participants who have not previously attended the Oxford Farming Conference have one week left to apply for a prestigious leadership development programme. The deadline for…


Poll: Do you trust the government to protect UK food standards?

Speaking at this week’s Oxford Farming Conference, Defra secretary Michael Gove reassured British farmers that they would not be undercut by cheaper food imports that were not produced to the…


ORFC: Ag Bill is key to future farm funding, says Gove

Securing long-term finance for agriculture will best be achieved if the public supports the way their money is spent, according to Defra secretary Michael Gove, and the framework set out…


ORFC 2019: Ag Bill leaves farmers exposed to budget cuts

The Agriculture Bill currently going through parliament is potentially “deeply flawed” and could leave the farming sector facing insufficient regulation, little taxpayer support and limited protection in the supply chain.…

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Interview: George Monbiot warns of post-Brexit 'chaos'

Love him or loathe him, environmentalist and Guardian columnist George Monbiot always has something interesting to say. From the outcome of the Brexit vote and the future of British agricultural…

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Video: 1,100 farming delegates descend on Oxford

More than 1,100 delegates will debate the latest issues affecting agriculture at two farming conferences in Oxford this week. Some 490 people, including industry leaders, are due to attend the…

Video: OFC serves worms and crickets to delegates

The 400 delegates at this year’s Oxford Farming Conference were treated to spice-seasoned insects as a pre-lunch taster. Among the edible insect-based snacks offered to farmers were thai green curry…


VIDEO: Food campaigners target Oxford Farming Conference

Campaigners have called on the Oxford Farming Conference to recognise the contribution of small-scale farmers and food producers. Members of the Land Workers' Alliance protested outside the conference venue as delegates…


VIDEO: UK farmers must make case for GM crops

DEFRA secretary Owen Paterson urged farmers not to be afraid about making the case for genetically-modified crops during his speech at the Oxford Farming Conference on Thursday (3 January). Farmers…

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