Intensive farming, climate change and agricultural supply chains will be just three of the topics under discussion at this year’s Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) which takes place later this week.
Leading figures from the world of food and farming will gather at Oxford University on 6 January for the three-day OFC – now in its 67th year – which is considered the UK’s foremost agricultural conference.
Among the attendees at the OFC will be members of event sponsors Thrings’ nationally-renowned Agriculture team – including Peter Cusick, Duncan Sigournay and Derek Walsh – who will use the conference to keep abreast of developments from the food and farming sectors as well as liaise with their extensive industry contacts to ensure they are well-placed to serve their clients.
This year's OFC has once again attracted a number of high-profile speakers, including Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, George Eustice, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Defra) and Rupert Soames, Group Chief Executive of Serco.
The annual Frank Parkinson Lecture – named in honour of the renowned British engineer who was a staunch advocate of British agriculture - will be given by Lord John Krebs, Principal of Jesus College, Oxford and the first chairman of the Food Standards Agency.
The conference will also see the launch of the OTC’s annual research project, which aims ‘to deliver valuable insight for the farming industry and its stakeholders’. This year’s project – entitled ‘Great British farmers - what gives them the edge? – will consider how well UK farmers compare with their counterparts in other parts of the world.
Thrings will be using Twitter to keep clients and colleagues up-to-date with the latest news, views and key developments from the event via @ThringsAgri.
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