The conference provides:
- Independent thought leadership and challenge of the highest calibre
- A highly regarded cross-industry networking opportunity of key influencers
- A progressive and forward-looking outlook with an international dimension
- The inspiration and encouragement for positive change
It’s a role that’s developed over 80 years of its history – since the first farming conference in Oxford took place in 1936, OFC has become a pivotal part in giving issues a voice and in sparking and airing debates.
Challenging industry leaders
The OFC is attended by leaders from within all elements of British agriculture. Among delegates who attend are royalty, UK and overseas politicians, farmers, agribusiness, NGOs, leading scientists, opinion formers and scholars. There is always a strong media presence at Oxford, with journalists attending from radio and TV, podcast, broadsheets, agricultural trade, food media and newswire.
Inspiring future generations
The OFC Scholars Sponsorship Scheme enables many young people to participate in the conference who may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend, giving them a valuable stepping stone into a fulfilling career in farming or agribusiness.
The Inspire programme brings together up to 15 farmers from across the UK, aged 30-45, specially selected as individuals with progressive farm businesses and who demonstrate thought leadership.
The programme brings a key audience to the Conference, immerses them in Conference activity, inspires them to progress their own business and relay experiences to others.