The year kicked off with another successful Oxford Farming Conference - and as you would expect, Harper Adams was strongly represented.
The School of Sustainable Food and Farming announced its Net Zero competition winners, our Senior Engagement Fellow Kit Franklin spoke in a keystone debate - and our students, scholars, staff and alumni all enjoyed the first in-person conference for two years.
Here's our round up of some of the social media highlights.
So proud and happy to see our Oxford Farming Conference Breaking Barrier Scholars from 2021, 2022 and 2023. Onwards and upwards for diversity and inclusion in our agricultural sector. Big thank you to @McDonaldsUKNews and @DrJennaRoss for their support. #ofc23 @bveds2016 pic.twitter.com/UMJeL8qOTD— Navaratnam Partheeban ?? (@navaratnampart1) January 6, 2023
Brilliant to be involved with such an important initiative with @HarperAdamsUni School of Sustainable Food & Farming who want to resource the farming community with focus on; #1 new talent, #2 up skilling, #3 research & #4 influence with policy @oxfordfarming #OFC23 @Trinity_GFP pic.twitter.com/9TiW3YUTK4— Trinity AgTech (@TrinityAgTech) January 6, 2023
First winner of the #netzero competition is @BenAdamsAgri who is focused on intercropping & proving its value at scale. @BradfordFarming “I really liked Ben’s idea - it’s got a higher harvest index, improves soil health, benefits of crop synergies and avoids monoculture.” #OFC23 pic.twitter.com/z3t6UB91OC— Trinity AgTech (@TrinityAgTech) January 6, 2023
Next winner of the #netzero competition is Megan Wetherall & her project on plant based fertilisers— Trinity AgTech (@TrinityAgTech) January 6, 2023
“I want to be able to recommend it with science & data behind it to prove it works - we’re using Sandy to see a life cycle assessment of the crop.” #OFC23 @Trinity_GFP pic.twitter.com/8AoqylIVAA
Next winner of the #netzero competition is Matt Dickinson from @ClimateSpheres & his project on scaling biochar use on-farm. @HarrietWilson12 says, “We really liked that this project looked at how biochar can be used by farmers on their own farms, at scale.” #OFC23 pic.twitter.com/R8A6wYthgm— Trinity AgTech (@TrinityAgTech) January 6, 2023
Final winner of the #netzero competition is Mandy Stoker and her project on ‘hot stuff’ and establishing a renewable way of heating water on her dairy farm.— Trinity AgTech (@TrinityAgTech) January 6, 2023
“There is a massive potential to reduce carbon usage on dairy farms if we can share the knowledge.” @Trinity_GFP #OFC23 pic.twitter.com/75euvBRJW9
‘Testing and sharing risk’ Congrats to well deserved winners Megan Wetherell @benadamsagri Mandy Stoker @ClimateSpheres And thanks to sponsors @HarperAdamsUni @Morrisons @NFUtweets @DavidatWestons @HarrietWilson12 @FarmersGuardian @Trinity_GFP @TrinityAgTech @oxfordfarming #OFC23 pic.twitter.com/wHS8PM6xlE— Noel Peatfield (@noelpeatfield) January 6, 2023
Ready for this year’s @oxfordfarming Debate ??????— Joe Bramall ?? (@JoeBramall) January 5, 2023
“This house believes humans will not be needed on farms in a generation” ??
Safe to say we have a good view, couldn’t get anyone to smile for the photo ???? #OFC23 pic.twitter.com/hbkAxXYPkQ
Time for the second proposer to take to the floor @AgEngResearch who suggests arable farmers could use automation and spend their summer surfing and sailing, if robots replaced humans. Lots of laughter and good human here at the #OFC23 Debate. pic.twitter.com/zpu4Mk4U1y— Oxford Farming Conference (@oxfordfarming) January 5, 2023
Glad you enjoyed it was a very great honour to be asked by @bentd76 to go head to head at the Oxford Union dispatch box!— Kit Franklin (@AgEngResearch) January 6, 2023
Great fun although I think we had an uphill battle with the motion!
It's great to see two of our Masters scholars at the @oxfordfarming Conference this week.— Marshal Papworth (@MarshalPapworth) January 5, 2023
Today, Faith & Patrick attended as the conference started with a discussion on the future of #sustainable trade where @USDAgov & @DefraGovUK led the session.#ofc2023 #Scholarship pic.twitter.com/SFwHIN1EZA
Three words to describe how I’m feeling right now:@oxfordfarming— Famous_faith?? (@FaithMohammed8) January 6, 2023
1. Grateful @McDonaldsUKNews @MarshalPapworth @navaratnampart1 @DrJennaRoss #breakingBarriers #Diversity
3. Motivated @emilymnorton #OFC23 pic.twitter.com/NdGsXd1wB8