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OFC 2023 will explore systemic solutions to the cumulative biodiversity, climate, food and energy crises that collectively we are facing, with optimism and determination not to repeat the mistakes of the past.

"Oxford has always been about thought leadership and pushing the boundaries of farming, but it’s also definitely about the connections and conversations had around the halls and rooms of our historic conference. This is why we are so excited about bringing you OFC23.

For two long years the conference has been in ‘broadcast mode’, joining the rest of the world in working remotely and putting world-class content online. We have run two challenging but successful digital conferences, as well as a Bitesize webinar series, creating thousands of virtual impressions. But we all feel the excitement for being together with the extended Oxford family; we’re all hungry for those serendipitous chats in the coffee queue, sparking the chance to create meaningful connections with farming thinkers from across the world.

Reflecting on our desire for connections, our 2023 conference will have an equal balance between world-class content and space to engage. I am envisioning it like a doughnut, with our speakers and panels providing information, inspiration and challenge in three central blocks that will be available both online and in person. Whilst for those in Oxford, we will be curating a diverse programme around the venue featuring food, debate, literature, entertainment and space for reflection. We preserve the tradition of the Oxford Union debate and Christchurch dinner, but everything else will be refreshed and relaxed.

We want those of you making the journey to have time to be present in this glorious city, and time to reconnect with friends and allies for whom it’s been a long, long break in relations.

As the council begin to develop the programme for January, it is evident that crisis and conflict are at the front of our minds. Our hearts go out to those impacted both directly and increasingly indirectly around the world. The collective challenge is not just to avoid the mistakes of the past. Instead, it is to seek the systemic solutions that prevent poverty, environmental exploitation and ultimately conflict. In exploring the consequences of conflict on our farms and communities, we’re aware that we cannot rely on yesterday’s toolbox to fix today’s problems. Hence OFC23 aims to inspire a regeneration in our politics, our society and our supply chains, as well as our farms. This is also long overdue.

It’s time to start farming a new future.

See you at Oxford."

Emily Norton, OFC 2023 Chair

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NFU

The NFU represents more than 46,000 farming and growing businesses. Our purpose is to champion British agriculture and horticulture, to campaign for a stable and sustainable future for British farmers and to secure the best possible deal for our members. We strive to protect and promote British farm life and give our members a voice now and in the future.

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The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) is the leading international conference held in the UK for farming and agribusiness. It takes place in January every year located in the historic and inspiring surroundings of Oxford University. The OFC's mission is to inform, challenge and inspire the 560 or so delegates who attend, to resonate and be a force for positive change throughout the industry. The 2023 conference is taking place between 4th-6th January - see our event page for more details in the 'recommended content' section below.

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WWF

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