– Photocall notice: Rt Hon Michael Gove MP is welcomed to the Oxford Real Farming Conference

Date: 4 January 2018
Time: 11:10 assembly, photocall runs 11:15-11:25
Venue: Oxford Town Hall steps

What: Defra Secretary of State, the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP will be welcomed to the Oxford Real Farming Conference by Lord Mayor, Jean Fooks, Leader of the City Council, Bob Price and conference co-founders Colin Tudge and Ruth West, along with Zac Goldsmith MP for Richmond.

The Environment Secretary will then be taking part in a Q&A session with the conference delegates, chaired by Zac Goldsmith MP from 11:30-12:15 and press are welcome to attend. Please let us know beforehand if you intend to bring broadcast equipment so we can accommodate you.

This is the first year the conference founders have invited a Defra Secretary of State to the ORFC. We are pleased to host the Rt Hon Michael Gove in engaging with our delegates on what must happen to create real, worthwhile change in our food system, post-Brexit and beyond, in this most pivotal year for UK farmers and food producers.

-ENDS-

NOTES TO EDITORS:

To confirm your attendance at the photocall please contact:
Katharine Mansell, Katharine Mansell, ORFC Marketing and Communications Manager
e: katharine@orfc.org.uk / t: @commsnerd / s: khmansell

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For conference enquiries please contact:  nessie@orfc.org.uk

Oxford Real Farming Conference sponsors:
The ORFC would like to thank the following the following funders, sponsors and partner organisations, without whose support this event would not be possible: Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Riverford, Compassion in World Farming, the Soil Association, Landworkers Alliance, the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association, Triodos Bank, Sustain and Cotswold Seeds.

About the Oxford Real Farming Conference (www.orfc.org.uk):
In 2009, agricultural writer Graham Harvey (now of Pasture Promise TV) invited Colin Tudge and Ruth West (founders of the Campaign for Real Farming) to help establish a new kind of farming conference. The conference, first held in 2010 as a much-needed alternative to the concurrently-running Oxford Farming Conference, provides an innovative environment for some radical discussions on some of the biggest issues facing our society today. ORFC delegates are those from across food and farming, with an interest in new agricultural models. They represent those who are interested in meeting global food system challenges in original, environmentally sustainable ways. The point of the ORFC is not simply to attack the status quo but to look ahead — to ask what the world really needs, and what really can be done.