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21st IFMA Congress Edinburgh Scotland

'Future Farming Systems'

Sunday 2nd July to Friday 7th July 2017

IAgrM in association with SRUC are pleased to confirm that they will be organizing the IFMA Congress in Edinburgh

IFMA (International Farm Management Association)

IFMA (International Farm Management Association hold an International Congress) every other year which is organised, wherever possible, by the member organisation that covers Farm Management of the host country and a partner educational establishment.The IFMA Congress is a biannual event which takes place allowing ideas, experiences, best practice and knowledge covering farm management and agricultural education/training to be exchanged through presentations, visits and demonstrations.


The Institute of Agricultural Management is a membership organization covering Farmers, Farm Managers and others engaged in management in agriculture and associated rural businesses.


Provide comprehensive skills, education and business support for Scotland’s land-based industries, founded on world class and sector-leading research, education and consultancy.

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  • Bookings for the tours and Congress will be open in November
  • See information re the call for papers on the home page
  • Congress venue The Congress venue is the John McIntyre Centre
  • Accommodation will be available on site and at a range of Edinburgh hotels to suite all requirements.
  • The formal dinner is being held at Dynamic Earth which is a spectacular tourist attraction.
  • Pre and post tour basic arrangements made.
  • Plans are well in hand for the formal sessions and field trip days.


Call for papers, posters and expressions of interest in workshops

Around the main Congress theme ‘Future Farming Systems’ IFMA21 has nine sub-themes:

a. Knowledge & information (KPIs, benchmarking, big data, decision-making tools)

b. Technology (robotics, other new technologies, traditional farm equipment)

c. Labour force of the future (family farmers, employed managers, farm workers, migrant workers, young entrants, succession, influences of the family)

d. Financing the farm business (share farming, contract farming, non-farming investors)

e. Entrepreneurship (Diversification & adding value)

f. Part time and small scale farming

g. Large scale and agribusiness

h. The role of policy in defining future farming systems

i. Working with global and local markets (resilient farming businesses, global food security, international trade agreements, negotiating best prices for inputs and outputs)

In the next few weeks the Organising Committee will be issuing a call for papers and posters that address these topics. The final deadline for submission of papers and poster abstracts will be 10th February 2017.