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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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Time to shake up farm tax reliefs and subsidies – MEP

Radical change to the way agricultural land is taxed is needed to end its use as a so-called tax haven and drive down its cost, according to a leading MEP.…


New farmer group backs more support for environment

More than 100 farmers have added their support to retargeting taxpayer money more towards agri-environment measures and less towards direct payments post Brexit. The so-called Nature Friendly Farming Network (NFFN)…


Farm leaders react to Gove Oxford Farming Conference speech

Industry leaders have welcomed the government’s pledge that farmers will have five years to adjust to a new agricultural policy after Brexit – but warned that success will depend on…


OFC 2018: Basic payments to stay until 2024

Basic farm payments will continue to be made until 2024 as the government grants farmers a five-year transition period to adjust to Brexit. But Defra secretary Michael Gove has confirmed…

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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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