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"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.…
 
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 OF…
 
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 p…
 
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 Thi…
 
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…
 
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, as well as issues facing …
 
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. Tun…
 
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 thi…
 
In our fifth podcast, 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 o…
 
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 a…
 
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…
 
Ahead of National Farm Safety week (16 – 20 July 2018), we hear from Warwickshire farmer, contractor, farm safety campaigner and OFC Emerging Leader James Chapman. He openly talks about the devasting farm accident in 2005 that changed his life both physically and mentally, and following his Nuffield Scholarship whether he feels farm safety is impro…
 
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…
 
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