Every year, the Future Farmers of Yorkshire group, supported by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, sponsors a select number of Future Farmers to attend the Oxford Farming Conference and its rival the Oxford Real Farming Conference, which is fast gaining in popularity.
The 2024 Oxford Farming Conference will be held from 3rd-5th January and the theme The Power of Diversity comes at a pivotal time for food and farming.
Rival event, the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) takes place on the 4th-5th January and brings together voices from the agroecological farming movement in the UK, including organic and regenerative farming.
In 2024, we are planning to send two Future Farmers to each conference.
If you fancy attending one of the industry’s two premier events next January, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org telling us why it should be you. Alternatively, direct message us on via social media channels – Facebook, Instagram and X.
The closing date is 9th October 2023.
All we ask in return is that you write and talk about your experience and share updates from the conference on social media.
Powerful experiences of our 2023 Oxford conference attendees
Tom Holliday, agri-business consultant at Brown & Co, was awarded a Future Farmers bursary to attend the 2023 Oxford Farming Conference.
Sharing his experience, Tom said:
The take home summary I had from the Oxford Farming Conference 2023 is that there are a lot of major challenges that the world faces, that being population growth, food demand, climate change and the biodiversity crisis.
The conference highlighted that agriculture is where the solution starts for a lot of these issues.
I left the conference feeling inspired, motivated, and grateful to have the opportunity to be working in such an exciting and developing industry.
Representing Future Farmers at the ORFC 2023 was Caroline Rhodes, who farms at Barnsley.
Caroline told us:
It was a really good chance to network with people outside of the traditional farming sector.
This was an amazing opportunity for me, I learned a lot I can take back to my home farm and look at whether these concepts can be implemented or adapted to fit better into our system.