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Irish Farm Managers Conference May 9th Next

The Irish Farm Managers Association (IFMA) Conference takes place in the Horse & Jockey, Thurles, Co.Tipperary on Wednesday May 9th, 2012.

With the theme “Practical Farm Management, Training Key To Achieving 2020 Food Harvest Targets,” the Conference starts at 10:00am sharp with Registration, during which time Tea & Coffee will be served.

IFMA Conference Programme Is As Follows

10.45amOfficial OpeningJerry Twomey, President, IFMA. Chairperson: Pat Dillon, Head of Animal & Grassland & Innovation Research Centre, Teagasc, Moorepark

11.00amFood Harvest 2020 Targets – The Potential : Speakers Jim Woulfe, Chief Executive Officer, Dairygold, Paul Nolan, Group Development Manager, Dawn Meats and Tom Kelly, Director, Knowledge Transfer Directorate, Teagasc.

12.30pm – Lunch.

1.45pmFood Harvest 2020 – Releasing the Potential. Chairperson: Jim Treacy, Chairman, IFMA
Role for Farm Partnerships/Joint Ventures. Speakers Ben Roche, Farm Structures Specialist, Teagasc and Noel Collins, Economic and Planning Division, DAFM
Equity/Management Arrangement. Speaker Tommy O’Riordan, Farm Manager.
Summary of Joint Ventures in Australia. Speaker Zich Zichy-Woinarski, Consultant, Australia.

3.15pmFood Harvest 2020 – Releasing the Potential. Chairperson: John O’Brien, Chairman Master Farmers Central Committee
Training and Career Paths for Farm Managers.
Professional Farm Managers Programme. Speaker Tony Pettit, Head, Curriculum Dev Standards, Teagasc
Example Career Paths/Cases. Speakers Aidan O’Leary, Farm Manager and Kevin Commins, Farm Manager

4.30pmClose of Conference – Speaker Professor Gerry Boyle, Director, Teagasc.

Note: Conference Fee (including morning tea/coffee and lunch) costs €20.

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