Oxford Farming Conference Podcast
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info_outline It’s wine o’clock with Tom Barnes, Biddenden Vineyard. Host Sarah Mukherjee. 08/26/2021
It’s wine o’clock with Tom Barnes, Biddenden Vineyard. Host Sarah Mukherjee. 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.
info_outline Craig Livingstone on the National Food Strategy. Host OFC Co-Chair Sarah Mukherjee 08/10/2021
Craig Livingstone on the National Food Strategy. Host OFC Co-Chair Sarah Mukherjee 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.
info_outline Christopher Bourchier, Chair of the Frank Parkinson Trust. Host Sarah Mukherjee 06/25/2021
Christopher Bourchier, Chair of the Frank Parkinson Trust. Host Sarah Mukherjee 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.
info_outline Flower grower and former OFC Chairman Matt Naylor reflects on the impact of the last year. Host Sarah Mukherjee 05/27/2021
Flower grower and former OFC Chairman Matt Naylor reflects on the impact of the last year. Host Sarah Mukherjee 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.
info_outline A journey in food, nutrition and agriculture with MBE Barbara Bray. Host Sarah Mukherjee 05/01/2021
A journey in food, nutrition and agriculture with MBE Barbara Bray. Host Sarah Mukherjee 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.
info_outline HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne - 75 years of OFC . Host Sarah 12/29/2020
HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne - 75 years of OFC . Host Sarah On Thursday 7th January, the Oxford Farming Conference will celebrate its 75th event since the first conference was held in 1936.
info_outline Bishop of Ripon - festive reflections and farming. Host Sarah Muckherjee 12/24/2020
Bishop of Ripon - festive reflections and farming. Host Sarah Muckherjee 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.
info_outline Sir Lockwood Smith - life after Brexit. Host Sarah Mukherjee 12/23/2020
Sir Lockwood Smith - life after Brexit. Host Sarah Mukherjee 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.
info_outline Doug Avery, mental health and wellbeing in agriculture. Host Sarah Mukherjee. 12/12/2020
Doug Avery, mental health and wellbeing in agriculture. Host Sarah Mukherjee. 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.
info_outline Al Brooks, Faccombe Estates Ltd - climate and carbon, the future of farming - Host Sarah Mukherjee 12/02/2020
Al Brooks, Faccombe Estates Ltd - climate and carbon, the future of farming - Host Sarah Mukherjee 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.
info_outline Andrew McCornick, the impact of no UK agricultural deals post-Brexit - Host Sarah Mukherjee 10/30/2020
Andrew McCornick, the impact of no UK agricultural deals post-Brexit - Host Sarah Mukherjee 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.
info_outline Vonnie Estes, the pie can get bigger - Host Sarah Mukherjee 08/31/2020
Vonnie Estes, the pie can get bigger - Host Sarah Mukherjee "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.
info_outline Tim Lang, the future of food and policy - Host Sarah Mukherjee 07/30/2020
Tim Lang, the future of food and policy - Host Sarah Mukherjee This month OFC Director, Sarah Mukherjee, caught up with Professor Tim Lang to put forward more of your questions, following our July #OFCBitesize.
info_outline Anna Hill speaks to OFC Chairman and farmer Sally Williams 06/29/2020
Anna Hill speaks to OFC Chairman and farmer Sally Williams 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 OFC 2021 conference. Listen to the podcast here.
info_outline Sarah Mukherjee talks to marketing and ad-man Poran Malani 05/29/2020
Sarah Mukherjee talks to marketing and ad-man Poran Malani 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 producer. Grab a coffee, sit back for 10 minutes and listen-in.
info_outline Henry Dimbleby on the UK Food Strategy 01/06/2020
Henry Dimbleby on the UK Food Strategy OFC Director Anna Hill speaks to Henry Dimbleby ahead of the Oxford Farming Conference 2020 to find out what makes him tick, why food is his passion and what he hopes for the future of the UK Food Strategy.
info_outline OFC Director Matthew Naylor - OFC20 Programme and Speakers 10/31/2019
OFC Director Matthew Naylor - OFC20 Programme and Speakers In the first podcast of this new six-piece series Anna Hill speaks to OFC Chairman Matthew Naylor about the #OFC20 programme and speakers.
info_outline Podcast 12 - July 2019 - Aylett Roan 07/24/2019
Podcast 12 - July 2019 - Aylett Roan 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 This Farming Life gave her the boost she needed.
info_outline Podcast 11 - May 2019 - David Hill 05/29/2019
Podcast 11 - May 2019 - David Hill Our next podcast hears from David Hill who is involved with the management of three rural estates so he knows a thing or two about agricultural challenges and opportunities. A Chartered Surveyor and formally working as an agricultural adviser for the CLA, he spends most of his time looking after Eling Estate, a 5,000 acre unit just north of Newbury comprising of four let farms of approximately 1000 acres each. The land is predominantly arable although one of the farms is an organic dairy unit.
info_outline Podcast 10 - April 2019 - Kate Morgan 04/15/2019
Podcast 10 - April 2019 - Kate Morgan Pig Farmer Kate Morgan talks about the family business that she runs alongside her parents and two sisters in East Yorkshire. Running two different systems, straw yards and slats, we discuss the differences between the two, and also hear about the innovative free-farrowing system that the family installed a few years back.
info_outline Podcast 9 - March 2019 - Tim Beaver 03/13/2019
Podcast 9 - March 2019 - Tim Beaver Arable farmer Tim Beaver talks to Rock and Roll Farming about growing for Weetabix and Silver Spoon, the frustrations of stewardship schemes and a trip with BASF he rated better than his honeymoon. Vociferous on neonicotinoids, he also speaks about making a difference through boards, the future of Red Tractor and getting a response via Mr Gove. Tune in now
info_outline Podcast 8 - February 2019 - Becci Berry 02/04/2019
Podcast 8 - February 2019 - Becci Berry For this episode Will speaks to dairy farmer and OFC19 emerging leader, Becci Berry. They talked about her farm on the Oxfordshire/ Wiltshire border, and how she came to be involved following the tragic death of her husband Richard from bowel cancer. They go into some of the challenges she’s faced and the changes she’s made, as well as what she thinks of veganuary and the anti-dairy movement in general.
info_outline Podcast 7 - December 2018 - Niall Blair 12/03/2018
Podcast 7 - December 2018 - Niall Blair Hill sheep and beef farmer, Niall Blair, from the Angus Glens in Scotland talks about being a first generation farmer, the challenges of upland hill farming, his own crusade to promote farming to the wider public and why he rates the Oxford Farming Conference.
info_outline Podcast 6 - November 2018 - Sarah Bell 11/05/2018
Podcast 6 - November 2018 - Sarah Bell Sarah Bell is a mixed farmer, consultant, Emerging Leader and one of the speakers at the 2019 famous Union Debate. In conversation with Rock and Roll Farmer Will Evans, they talk women in agriculture, the importance of data in ag,rural connectivity, digital lockers, the new ag bil and of course...the debate!
info_outline Podcast 5 - October 2018 - Kate Rowell 09/30/2018
Podcast 5 - October 2018 - Kate Rowell Fifth generation sheep and suckler cow farmer Kate Rowell talks about life on her hill and upland farm near Peebles in the Scottish Borders and her new appointment as Chairman of Quality Meat Scotland. The first woman to hold this position, she talks about leadership and gaining the confidence to support the business network of farmers. She also talks about her time working as a vet for eight years including during the time of foot and mouth and why farming is something she has always wanted to do.
info_outline Podcast 4 - September 2018 - Neil Quinlan 09/03/2018
Podcast 4 - September 2018 - Neil Quinlan Neil Quinlan's grandfather was a tenant dairy farmer, and Neil studied agriculture at college. However, he spent his 20s in the construction industry, always maintaining a strong interest in farming. At the age of 30 Neil thought “if I don’t return to agriculture I never will”. Seven years on an Neil now runs his own farm business outside Chester and contract farms his in-laws farm, rearing dairy heifers as well as raising dairy beef cross calves. He is also converting an outbuilding to acco
info_outline Podcast 3 - August 2018 - Laura Buckingham 08/06/2018
Podcast 3 - August 2018 - Laura Buckingham Suffolk based agronomist and arable farmers daughter Laura Buckingham talks about her passion for agriculture, farming stereotypes and the gender balance. In this action packed podcast she also talks about working with people to build relationships, opportunities in agriculture, how to attract young people to the industry, LEAF Open Farm Sunday and the advancement of technology and innovation.
info_outline Podcast 1 - June 2018 - Andrew Pitts 06/04/2018
Podcast 1 - June 2018 - Andrew Pitts In the first podcast we meet Northampton arable farmer and Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) Director Andrew Pitts. We find out more about his business, leadership in agriculture, the view from Defra following a special OFC event as his farm, issues facing the industry, what more we can do to improve our businesses and plans for the 2018 OFC Emerging Leaders programme.