The Oxford Farming Conference is always a highlight of the agri-political calendar and this week’s conference was no exception.
The conference represents an opportunity for many in the industry to come together to discuss some of the key issues.
High up on the agenda was the impact of a possible “Brexit” from the EU with Commissioner Hogan and former Defra Secretary Owen Paterson clashing on the issue http://www.fwi.co.uk/news/politicians-clash-over-UK-farming-prospects-outside-EU.htm.
Each year the conference also commissions a research report and this year the focus was on Entrepreneurialism. The report can be found here..
The parallel Oxford Real Farming Conference is self-styled as the antidote to the official, Oxford Farming Conference, which is framed as representing the “Establishment view” that has encouraged farmers to focus on high tech and trust to the global market. Focusing more on sustainability, food sovereignty and the changes needed in the global agri-food systems to achieve sustainability, this conference has grown year on year to become an important focal point in itself. For more information see: http://orfc.org.uk/orfc-2016/