Oxford Farming Conference

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. You can also find news from the The Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) on this page.

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FARM POLICY

FW Opinion: Villiers - long on rhetoric, short on detail

Theresa Villiers may lack the charisma of her predecessor, Michael Gove – that much was made clear from the Defra secretary's lacklustre delivery at this week’s Oxford Farming Conference –…

NEWS

OFC 2020: Defra to push ahead with new farm support scheme

Defra secretary Theresa Villiers has confirmed government plans to phase out direct payments in favour of a new scheme requiring farmers to protect the environment. Speaking at the Oxford Farming…

ENVIRONMENT

Poll: Are Extinction Rebellion Oxford protests justified?

Climate change protestors have revealed plans to picket this week’s Oxford Farming Conference (OFC). Extinction Rebellion Oxford (XR Oxford) says it will be staging peaceful protests at events on Tuesday,…

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Extinction Rebellion to 'take on' Oxford Farming Conference

Climate change protestors Extinction Rebellion Oxford (XRO) are planning to carry out “peaceful actions” at next week’s Oxford Farming Conference (OFC), to push their view that farming damages the environment.…

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OFC 2020: Expert to rebuff red meat claims and EAT-Lancet

Red meat has had a torrid time for much of 2019, with both its environmental and its human health credentials called into question. But Prof Alice Stanton of the Royal…

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Oxford 2020: Are 'alternative farming' systems now the norm?

The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) and the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) have traditionally been at opposite ends of the farming and political spectrum. But there does seem to have…

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ENVIRONMENT

ORFC2020: Critics slam #ApocalypseCow programme

Environmentalist George Monbiot came under fire at the Oxford Real Farming Conference for his Channel 4 documentary suggesting that meat is killing the planet. A panel discussion with Mr Monbiot…

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ORFC 2020: Farmers slam media for 'beef bashing'

Farmers have hit back at “beef bashing” and misleading claims that cows are damaging the environment through methane emissions. Speaking at the Oxford Real Farming Conference on Wednesday (8 January),…

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ORFC 2020: Tree leaves could counter zinc and cobalt deficiencie...

Researchers have found willow trees could play an important role in combating mineral deficiencies in livestock. The research, carried out for the Woodland Trust, showed willow could act as a…

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Oxford 2020: Are 'alternative farming' systems now the norm?

The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) and the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) have traditionally been at opposite ends of the farming and political spectrum. But there does seem to have…

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