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OFC 2021 Oxford Bitesize 3: Farming's Future Workforce in partnership with IAgrM - 7th October - 12:00 - 13:00

Date Published: 30/09/2021

Join us on Thursday 7 October for our next #OFCBitesize of 2021, in partnership with the Institute of Agricultural Management

About this event

October Bitesize

Over the last few weeks the press has been dominated by agricultural labour challenges with “Christmas” put on hold by Tesco due to a shortage of staff to rear and prepare turkeys, Australia announcing an agricultural labour crisis due to visa restrictions, farmers reporting rotting fruit due to not enough workers to pick it and a pig backlog of nearly 85,000 due to a lack of staff in the abattoirs.

But this isn’t a new challenge. Over the last decade we have seen reports of staff shortages in nearly every sector of agriculture and horticulture. This, combined with a lack of housing and rising costs, means employing someone is becoming more and more difficult.

In our next OFC Bitesize, we hear how the industry and farmers are innovating to attract and retain “Farming’s Future Workforce”. The panel will explore how novel technologies, such as robots, can increase productivity, what human skills are required to approach future demands, and share their own positive solutions.

This free event will last one-hour and welcome questions from the audience.

Hosted in partnership with the Institute of Agricultural Management


Carl Atkin: Co-Founder and Director, Terravost Limited and National Vice-Chairman of the Institute of Agricultural Management.

Dr Duncan Robertson: Founder and CEO of Dogtooth Technologies, and Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Metail.

Liz Haines: New Entrant Farmer, AHDB Dairy Board member and Farmers Weekly Columnist.

Bitesize Chair:Marion Regan, OFC Director

ABOUT OFC Bitesize

The series, which will run from 12pm to 1pm on the first Thursday of every month from August to November, will start exploring the theme of the January 2022 conference, “Routes to Resilience”. Each webinar will partner with a leading organisation within agriculture and take the format of a panel discussion.

About Oxford Farming Conference

The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) is the leading international conference held in the UK for farming and agribusiness. It takes place in January every year located in the historic and inspiring surroundings of Oxford University, and in 2022 will also include a digital option.

The OFC's mission is to inform, challenge and inspire delegates, to resonate and be a force for positive change throughout the industry.

To find out more about the conference, taking place from 5 to 7 January 2022, visit www.ofc.org.uk