Oxford Farming Conference 2022: Speakers and events announced

The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) has launched its programme for the 2022 event, which is set to return to Oxford University in January of next year.

The event – taking place from Wednesday, January 5 to Friday, January 7 – will be centered around the theme ‘Routes to Resilience’. A variety of international speakers and sessions will cover trade, politics, science, climate, technology and more.

Among the 2022 speakers are EU Agriculture Commissioner, Janusz Wojciechowski; Prof. Sarah Bridle, who recently published Food and Climate Change – Without the Hot Air and will speaking at COP26, leading The Frank Parkinson Lecture; Dr. Catherine Nakalembe from NASA Harvest, exploring what agriculture can learn from science to improve resilience; and, the Inspiring Farmers session will include representation from all four corners of Great Britain sharing how they’ve forged their routes to resilience.

The conference will see a physical return to the examination halls and include a digital offering.

Physical tickets are £395 excl. VAT and covers the following:

All sessions listed in the programme on Thursday, January 6, and Friday, January 7. It also includes access to the fringes on the Wednesday (January 5) but space is limited; the OFC recommend booking early

Dinner is not included but can be booked at the same time as a conference ticket, at an additional cost.

  • OFC Banquet (Wednesday, January 5) – £80 excl. VAT;
  • OFC Social (Wednesday, January 5) – £30 excl. VAT;
  • OFC Post-Debate Supper (Thursday, January 6) – £80 excl. VAT.

Digital tickets cost $45 excl. VAT and cover the following:

The digital ticket offers access to all on-demand content following the event, plus access to a live-stream of the following sessions:

  • Opening Address and Welcome (Thursday 6 January, 8:15a.m – 8:45a.m);
  • Trade and Global Session (Thursday 6 January, 8:45a.m – 10:00a.m);
  • National Session – Politics (Thursday 6 January, 10:35a.m – 11:30a.m);
  • Lessons from Science with Dr. Catherine Nakalembe – NASA Harvest (Thursday, January 6, 1:45p.m – 2:30p.m).
Should the physical event be cancelled due to Covid-19, and the decision is taken to move the conference to digital-only, the transfer of your tickets will be done by the Secretariat with any difference in fees refunded back to you.

OFC co-chairs Barbara Bray MBE and Sarah Mukherjee MBE said:

“We are emerging into a post-CAP, post-Brexit, and post-pandemic era where resilience will be key to farming’s success.

OFC Directors chose this topic coming out of the pandemic realising the importance of resilience will look to tackle some of the topic’s big questions: How can farmers be sustainable in their business management? How can we improve mental and emotional resilience? And, most importantly, what tools do they need to enable this?

“The OFC has always provided a unique opportunity to experience what is happening in the wider narrative, share ideas, challenge our politicians and explore how we can act on the opportunities that lie ahead. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Oxford to set the scene for the year and drive our industry forward to become more resilient and prosperous.”