Growing Agriculture @ 41 Degrees South

Excellence in farm management through innovation, diversification and integration with tourism

The 22nd International Farm Management Association Congress will be held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston from 3 to 8 March 2019, with a supplementary day for Next Generation agricultural managers on Saturday 2nd March.

The theme for the 2019 Congress is Growing Agriculture @ 41 Degrees South – excellence in farm management through innovation, diversification and integration with tourism.  Although the theme refers to agriculture at 410 South – Tasmania, we see Tasmania as an example of farming where businesses are generally diversified and focussed on producing differentiated products for export rather than bulk commodities.  The issues we discuss will be relevant to many regions throughout Australia and around the world.

The Congress will devote a number of sessions to presentations, discussions and workshops to examine what Governments, educators, researchers, consultants, farmers and commercial companies will need to do to capitalise on these opportunities.

The program also includes:

  • 2 days of field tours visiting farms and related institutions in northern Tasmania
  • Presentations on global issues relevant to the theme of growing agriculture
  • Contributed papers on the Congress sub-themes
  • Presentations and round-table discussions (1.5 days) on what we can or perhaps must do to increase output.

The program for Next Gens (early career agricultural managers) starts a day ahead of the main Congress; with visits to farms managed by Next Gens, discussions and mentoring on farm management issues, and time for having fun.

IFMA 22 is hosted by the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industry, Parks, Water and the Environment and the University of Tasmania under their joint venture as the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture.

There will be a one week pre-congress tour in Tasmania and a one week post-congress tour on mainland Australia (travelling from Melbourne through farming areas of south-east Australia to Sydney.

Registrations for the Congress can now be made through this web site; proceed to registration

If you cannot register at this time, but would like to express interest in attending, please respond with your contact details to ensure you stay updated as planning continues.

Academic papers (peer reviewed), Applied papers (not peer reviewed) and Posters are invited on the theme and associated issues; see the web site tab “Presenting”.  Sub-themes focus on management actions to increase agricultural output, future technologies, role of governments, people, business models, downstream linkages, environment and resources, research and extension services and regional strategies for growth.

David Armstrong
Congress Chair


Papers Due


Post Congress Tour Bookings


Early Bird Registration

2 - 3 March 2019

Next Gens Program

3 - 8 March 2019

Congress and Tours

Next Gens supplement

  • Extra day at the Congress, 2 March 2019 just for Next Gens
  • Hosted by Adam Mostogl, 2015 Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year
  • Discounted Congress registration 
  • Complimentary IFMA Membership

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IFMA-John Alliston Memorial Bursary

IFMA  invites Tasmanian Next Gens to apply for the IFMA-John Alliston Memorial Bursary which provides free registration and accommodation for the entire Congress – Click here for further details

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Who Should Attend

  • Farm Managers and Owners
  • Individual and Corporate Producers
  • Advisors
  • Suppliers
  • Researchers
  • University Lecturers
  • Government Representatives
  • Policy-makers
  • Farming and Marketing Organizations
  • Agribusiness Companies

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Congress Managers

For all enquiries please contact the team at Conference Design:
+61 3 6231 2999

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Hotel Grand Chancellor
Launceston Tasmania

Northern Tasmania Development Corporation (NTDC) is a partner with IFMA in the presentation of these themed sessions.  The organisation has established specific economic growth targets in the regional economy, with a key emphasis based on primary industry.

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Next Gen Sponsor

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Organising Committee

David Armstrong

Paul Bowman

Robin Thompson

Donna Lucas

Robert Patterson

Kevin Glidden

Gregg Bott

Peter Ball

International Farm Management Association (IFMA)

The International Farm Management Association (IFMA) is a non profit-making organisation. The objective of the 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.

This includes the whole spectrum of individual and corporate producers, managers, advisors, researchers, teachers, policy-makers, suppliers, farming and marketing organizations and agribusiness companies associated with agriculture, horticulture and rural enterprise.

Currently the Association has members in over 50 countries.

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