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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OFC

Retailers debate challenge for small farms selling direct

Selling farm produce direct to the consumer can pave the way to better margins, though producers can also work with supermarkets to sell their branded wares, the Department for International…

NEWS

OFC21: Call to fix 'broken' food system with fairer prices

A focus on productivity growth and cheap food are no longer tenable in the face of climate change, biodiversity loss and poor diets, the UK’s global food security champion has…

FARM POLICY

Trade advisory board says no backsliding on food standards

Maintaining high production standards and collaborating along the whole food chain are crucial to the fortunes of British agriculture, both at home and abroad. Addressing the Oxford Farming Conference on…

ENVIRONMENT

Environment guru predicts regenerative farming is the future

The next 10-15 years will see huge disruption, but also exciting changes for the agricultural industry as it invests in more sustainable and regenerative practices, according to sustainability guru and…

BEEF

ORFC 2021: Livestock 'have key role in sustainable farming'

Ruminant livestock have a key role to play in a transition to a sustainable farming system to tackle climate, nature and health crises, according to new analysis. Grass-fed beef cattle…

BREXIT

OFC 2021: Seed potato ban could be lifted – ministers

Government ministers in England and Scotland say they are working together to get a European Union ban on UK seed potato exports lifted. The UK usually exports about 30,000t of…

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OFC

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

OFC 2021: Farmer wellbeing survey aims to make a difference

Farmers are being encouraged to take part in the largest survey to date on wellbeing in agriculture, with the results used to improve support for rural people struggling with their…

OFC

Retailers debate challenge for small farms selling direct

Selling farm produce direct to the consumer can pave the way to better margins, though producers can also work with supermarkets to sell their branded wares, the Department for International…

NEWS

OFC21: Call to fix 'broken' food system with fairer prices

A focus on productivity growth and cheap food are no longer tenable in the face of climate change, biodiversity loss and poor diets, the UK’s global food security champion has…

FARM POLICY

Trade advisory board says no backsliding on food standards

Maintaining high production standards and collaborating along the whole food chain are crucial to the fortunes of British agriculture, both at home and abroad. Addressing the Oxford Farming Conference on…

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ORFC articles

BEEF

ORFC 2021: Livestock 'have key role in sustainable farming'

Ruminant livestock have a key role to play in a transition to a sustainable farming system to tackle climate, nature and health crises, according to new analysis. Grass-fed beef cattle…

ENVIRONMENT

ORFC 2020: 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…

OFC

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),…

OFC

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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