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U.S. farm managers, consultants, advisers invited to attend International Farm Management CongressU.S. farm managers, consultants, advisers invited to attend International Farm Management Congress

22nd International Farm Management Congress to meet in March in Australia, a look back at 2017 Scotland tour

Shelley E. Huguley

June 27, 2018

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The 22nd Congress of International Farm Management is set for March 3-8, 2019, at Tasmania, Australia. The international event is an opportunity for U.S. farm managers, consultants and advisers to network with colleagues from around the world and gain an international perspective on agriculture, says Dr. Damona Doye, U.S. IFMA vice-president and associate vice president and regents professor, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.

“The IFMA Congress is a valuable opportunity for people working in agriculture industries to meet other agricultural professionals from around the world, find out what practices are used in other countries and learn more about global agricultural issues,” Doye says. "For me, it has been a fantastic professional development opportunity with fascinating insights into global production, marketing, policy and economics."

The Congress, held at various locations around the world every second year, draws about 300 delegates from more than 30 countries. The theme of the 22nd Congress is ‘Growing Agriculture @ 41 Degrees South - excellence in farm management through innovation, diversification and integration with tourism.' The congress will include presentations and farm visits with a focus on farming in Tasmania, a state with mostly smaller diversified farms, producing mainly for export markets.

In 2017, the Congress was held in Scotland where they toured dairies, farms, gardens and even visited with Queen Elizabeth's II's dairy manager, who had interesting stories about the history of the herd, says Doye. View the above photo gallery for a glimpse into the Scottish tour.

For further information, visit www.ifma22.org or contact Doye at [email protected] or 405-744-5398  o rGuido van der Hoeven at [email protected] or 919-515-9071. 

See International Farm Management Congress set for March 3-8, 2019, Tasmania, Australia

About the Author(s)

Shelley E. Huguley

Editor, Southwest Farm Press

Shelley Huguley has been involved in agriculture for the last 25 years. She began her career in agricultural communications at the Texas Forest Service West Texas Nursery in Lubbock, where she developed and produced the Windbreak Quarterly, a newspaper about windbreak trees and their benefit to wildlife, production agriculture and livestock operations. While with the Forest Service she also served as an information officer and team leader on fires during the 1998 fire season and later produced the Firebrands newsletter that was distributed quarterly throughout Texas to Volunteer Fire Departments. Her most personal involvement in agriculture also came in 1998, when she married the love of her life and cotton farmer Preston Huguley of Olton, Texas. As a farmwife she knows first-hand the ups and downs of farming, the endless decisions that have to be made each season based on “if” it rains, “if” the drought continues, “if” the market holds. She is the bookkeeper for their family farming operation and cherishes moments on the farm such as taking harvest meals to the field or starting a sprinkler in the summer with the whole family lending a hand. Shelley has also freelanced for agricultural companies such as Olton CO-OP Gin, producing the newsletter Cotton Connections while also designing marketing materials to promote the gin. She has published articles in agricultural publications such as Southwest Farm Press while also volunteering her marketing and writing skills to non-profit organizations such a Refuge Services, an equine-assisted therapy group in Lubbock. She and her husband reside in Olton with their three children Breely, Brennon and HalleeKate.

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