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Our 2023 podcast series, "Oxford Inspires", kicks-off this month with a new host, and new focus. Farmer, OFC Director, and award-winning podcaster, Will Evans takes us on a journey of leadership and networking, as he speaks to OFC directors, speakers, scholars, emerging leaders and Inspire delegates. We hear their personal stories and experience, a…
 
In this special interview, Co-founder and CEO of First Love Foundation, and National Food Strategy Advisory panel member, Denise Bentley and OFC Co-Chair Sarah Mukherjee reflect on First Love Foundation’s inspiring approach to tackle hunger and poverty, the wider societal and policy factors, and the role of the farming sector in overcoming these ch…
 
The reputation of poor English wines no longer exists with vineyards such as Biddenden in Kent growing varieties that suit the soil and maritime culture here in the UK. But with climate change a hot topic, how does viticulture adapt to meet the demands of the future, and what do growers need to do to be more resilient. In our latest podcast, we tal…
 
In this special podcast, OFC Co-Chair Sarah Mukherjee caught up with Craig Livingstone, who sat on the National Food Strategy Panel with Henry Dimbleby. Craig is the Farm and Estate Manager at Lockerley Estate in Hampshire where they operate 1,000 hectares including arable, sheep and a working forestry enterprise, and won the Farmers Weekly Farmer …
 
For almost a generation, the Oxford Farming Conference and the Frank Parkinson Agricultural Trust have been working together. In the latest podcast from the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC), Co-Chair Sarah Mukherjee speaks to Christopher Bourchier, Chair of the trust, about the longstanding partnership between the two charities. The discussion cover…
 
In this fantastic interview between Sarah Mukherjee, OFC's 2022 Co-Chair, and Matt Naylor, they reflecting on the changes since Matt's term as Chair in 2019/20. The discussion covers a lot of ground, including an increased demand for flowers as a result of the pandemic, sustainability and a shortage of cardboard and steel, supply chains, global tra…
 
In our first podcast of the new series, leading up to the 2022 conference, our host OFC Co-Chair Sarah Mukherjee enjoys a virtual coffee with Co-Chair Barbara Bray. They touch on some of the plans for the event in January, and look back on Barbara’s journey into food, nutrition and working in the agricultural industry. Her work in the UK, Europe, M…
 
On Thursday 7th January, the Oxford Farming Conference will celebrate its 75th event since the first conference was held in 1936. In honour of the occasion OFC Honorary President HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne joined OFC Sarah Mukherjee on the OFC podcast to reflect on the conference including some of her highlights from the last ten years a…
 
As we all start preparing our festive food, our final pre-Christmas podcast is with the Bishop of Ripon, Helen-Ann Hartley, who reflects on Christmas and the role agriculture plays in the holiday season. She talks about farming, food and the future. Grab a cuppa and mince pie, and join us for 15 minutes. Full podcast available -…
 
In 2019, Sir Lockwood Smith took to the stage at the Oxford Farming Conference to look to the future beyond Brexit. A farmer, former New Zealand agriculture and trade minister, former High Commissioner to the UK until 2017, and member of the UK Agriculture and Trade Commission, he has been at the forefront of change. With just two weeks to go until…
 
In the first of a five-part series, OFC Director Sarah Mukherjee catches up with New Zealand farmer and motivational speaker, Doug Avery. They talk about mental health and wellbeing, gathering geese, life after the pandemic and the future for farming. If you need a pick-me-up, this is well worth 15 minutes of your day.…
 
Al Brooks is the Estate Director of Faccombe Estate in Hampshire, an enterprise that includes mixed farming, commercial shooting, forestry, renewables, pub and let property. He is passionate about reducing the farm carbon footprint and recently announced as Climate Change Champion 2020, a competition run by CPM in partnership NFU. Al was also the C…
 
NFU Scotland President, Andrew McCornick speaks to the CEO of IEMA and OFC Director Sarah Mukherjee about the consequences for British agriculture, if the UK fails to agree trade deals post-Brexit. In this short podcast, he explained that uncertainty is increasing the level of worry within the sector, and that the impact that proposed tariffs would…
 
"I think that indoor farming is making the pie bigger. That is what I want to see – more ways to get great tasting, nutritious food, instead of saying that it has to be indoor versus outdoor." In our latest podcast, OFC Director Sarah Mukherjee, speaks to Vonnie Estes, Vice President of Technology for the Produce Marketing Association.…
 
This month Anna Hill found out what makes OFC Chairman Sally Williams tick and how her vision for the next year will bring a new flavour to the OFC through opportunities such as greater international engagement. A dairy and sheep farmer from the South East of Scotland she is a strong advocate of utilising technology including the delivery of the OF…
 
Back in January 2020, Poran Malani joined us for #OFC20 and talked about how, for him, the perception and reality of farming was experiencing the biggest gap in his thirty year career. He also talked about the necessity of fresh food in developing countries and delivering it direct to the consumer because people were not prepared to travel to the p…
 
Dairy Farmer Aylett Roan from South West Scotland, tells us how the thirst to add value to milk sparked off a successful door-stop business venture, Roan's Dairy and her experience of running their mobile Udder Bar. We hear how becoming a Scottish Enterprise Rural Leader “opened up a whole new world” for Aylett and making an appearance on BBC’s Thi…
 
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