Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown is a Rutland farmer born and bred.  He is a past High Sheriff of Rutland. He also sits on the Leicestershire and Rutland bench as a magistrate. He is a former NFU East Midlands Regional Chairman. The farm has won several local, regional and national awards for his conservation work whilst maintaining a viable and productive commercial farm. He has been hosting school trips for 20 years and goes into schools to promote British food and farming. He has been on the Board of the HGCA and is on Farmers Club Committee as Chair of Membership and is a member of the Institute of Agricultural Management, the Commercial Farmers Group, the Worshipful Company of Farmers and has achieved the status of Chartered Environmentalist. He has been awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Agricultural Societies. He is a Freeman of the City of London, a Trustee of the Rutland Agricultural Society and the Leicester Comedy Festival. He has recently gained a post graduate law degree with merit from De Montfort University.

Prof. Philip Mulama Nyangweso


Prof. Philip Mulama Nyangweso
BSc(Horticulture)(KU, Kenya), MSc. (Moi, Kenya, Wageningen, Netherlands), PhD(Moi, Kenya)

Contact: e-mail: Tel: (+254)723682487

He is Acting Principal Moi University Odera Akang’o College Campus. He served as Director Academic Programmes, Odera Akang’o College Campus. He served as Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Resource Management, Moi University, Kenya. He is an Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics and Resource Management. He has published over 86 articles in refereed publications and international conference proceedings. In 2007 was awarded the Prize for the best scientific presentation at the African Association of Agricultural Economists in Accra, Ghana. He has attended over 37 international conferences in USA, South America, Many parts of Africa, Canada and Europe. Has organized and continue to organize international conferences in Africa and globally on Agricultural Economics and Farm Management issues by mobilizing funds and professionals as a Council member of International Farm Management Association headquartered in the United Kingdom and a President of Africa Farm Management Association. He served as a regional representative for East and Central Africa for African Association of Agricultural Economists in 2010-2013. He has supervised over 60 undergraduates, 25 masters, and 14 PhD students. He has also been involved in fundraising efforts either singly or collaboratively for professional associations, institutional grants for purchase of equipment and books for his department or multidisciplinary research on sorghum and maize and their implications for food security in East Africa. He joined Moi University in March 2004 after serving in various capacities and stations in the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture. Prior to joining the University, Prof. Nyangweso worked as a Senior Agricultural Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture where he executed government advisory services on various community development projects with special focus on Agricultural Marketing and Extension. Apart from teaching and supervision of both undergraduate and graduate students, his research interests are: Agriculture and Food Policy, Agricultural Marketing, International Trade and Household Food Security, Microeconomic and Macroeconomic Modeling, Farm and agribusiness management. He was consulted in 2010 as an expert on Agriculture and Food Policy by the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) which was in the process of formulating a Regional Agriculture and Food Policy. He was consulted by IGAD in December 2016 to train ministry staff in 8 IGAD member countries on latest Developments in the System of National Accounting. He has externalized exams for Maseno University and Kabianga University for 4 years in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness management.

Andrew Macfarlane


Andrew is a Director of ANZCO, Fonterra Cooperative Group, Ngai Tahu Farming, and a member of the Lincoln University Council.  He is a past New Zealand President of the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management, responsible for New Zealand’s rural professionals, past Chairman of Deer Industry NZ, and past Director of AgResearch.

andrew and his wife Tricia and their family, farm irrigated land in Mid Canterbury, focused on dairy, and hill country in South Canterbury and Southland focused on deer and beef production. The deer operation is managed and co-owned in an equity partnership by their son, Tom and his wife, Sam. Their farms are recognised for balancing high production with environmental outcomes.

Andrew oversees management of the farm and commercial property business, and has recently retired from the farm management consultancy practice, which he co-founded and worked in from the early 1980s.  He is known for his expertise and experience in irrigation water, soil, and nutrient management issues both at an on-farm and regional level. He also has particular expertise in understanding farm systems.  He enjoys his involvement with the International Farm Management Association, which every two years, links him with rural professionals from around the world.


Robin Thompson


Robin is an agricultural scientist who has provided research, development and extension support to agriculture in Australia and overseas over the past forty years.  His current role within the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks Water and Environment is managing Game Services Tasmania which provides policy support to Government and technical support to farmers and hunters.

As the representative of the Tasmanian Government Robin currently represents Tasmania on the Board of Rural Alive and Well, the steering committee for the National Pastures Genebank, investor committee of Southern Australian Livestock Research Council and the Research and Innovation Sub Committee of the Primary Industries Ministerial Council.

Robin and his family operate a family farm producing potatoes, onions and prime lambs at Scottsdale in the north east of Tasmania.


Simon Wells


Simon Wells – Estate Manager, Herefordshire, UK

Simon manages a 2,000 acre mixed enterprise estate in Herefordshire, a county on the Wales border of the UK.  Having joined the business in 1997, Simon has made several changes including exiting pig production, extensification of the beef and sheep enterprises and significantly investing in fruit production.

The business now majors in fruit (cherries and raspberries) growing with investment in packing facilities ( first optical cherry grader in the UK)- meaning it packs imported fruit as well as acting as a collaborative packhouse for other growers.  The arable enterprise is embracing precision farming techniques with the aims of keeping close control of input costs.

Simon is particularly interested in new growing technologies and developing new young talent in his team.

Dr. James W. Richardson


Formerly Co-Director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center, Texas A&M AgriLife Senior Faculty Fellow, and Senior Regents Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University.

James received his Ph.D. in agricultural economics at Oklahoma State University in 1978 and joined the Texas A&M Department of Agricultural Economics in 1978 where he taught risk analysis and conducted research on farm policy, risk analysis, and the economic feasibility of alternative feedstocks for renewable fuels.  He is best known for his farm level policy analysis research and simulation models. Using his models, the Agricultural and Food Policy Center prepares an annual report for Congress projecting the economic viability of 95+ representative crop, cattle and dairy farms in principal production regions of the United States.  Using the representative farms, the Center has assisted Congress by analyzing the probable economic consequences of alternative farm bill proposals for every farm bill since 1985.

Recent publications by the Center are available at:


The objective of the International Farm Management Association is to further the knowledge and understanding of farm business management and to exchange ideas and information about farm management theory and practice throughout the world. The IFMA is a non profit-making organisation and currently the Association has members in over 50 countries.

Congress Managers

Please contact the team at Conference Design with any questions regarding the Congress.

Photography Credits

Tourism Tasmania, Barnbougle Dunes, Ray Joyce, Health Holden, Graham Freeman, Joe Shemesh, Glenn Gibson, Hobart City Council, Nick Osborne, National Trust Tasmania, Dale Baldwin, Brian Dullaghan, Rob Burnett, Alistair Bett, Alice Bennett, Wai Nang Poon, Chris Crerar, Kathy Leahy, Flow Mountain Bike, Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service, James Bowden, Masaaki Aihara, Sean Feennessy, Bruce Irwin, Liz Knox