13th – 2002 The Netherlands
7-12th July – Papendal Sports Centre, Arnhem
In 2002, this prestigious congress was organised in the Netherlands for the first time. The theme of the congress was:
A most successful and very well run congress, for which the organisers must be congratulated.
To see the presentations, read the papers or view the posters go to the 13th Congress website by clicking on the congress logo above. The presentations are in PowerPoint .ppt format, and the papers and posters are available in both Adobe .pdf and MSWord .doc formats in almost all cases.
Below you can gain a flavour of the Congress, the Field Trips, the Social Programme and the Pre and Post Congress tours.
Congress Sessions at the Papendal Sports Centre, Arnhem
Plenary Session (left), Parallel (Middle) and Discussion Forum (right)
A major high point – Franz Fischler, EU Commissioner for Agriculture’s presentation of his latest proposals for the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy for Europe.
(You can read his, and all the other papers, on the Congress Website @ www.ifma.nl).
Field Visits – 2 days – 6 tour options on each day.
Arable Farms and Research
Arable Research Centre at Lelystad on the Polders
Cereals / potatoes / automatic plot sprayer – excellent facilities for field trials work
Livestock Farms and Research
Livestock Research at Lelystad – low cost v. high intensity cow systems / Texel rams
Introduction to Blessumer Sheep Breeding (NLTO) / the sheep / commercial rotary goat milking
Flowers (hibiscus and begonias here), tomatoes, bulb sorting: only a few examples of a massive industry.
Social Events – Opportunities to meet people from all around the world
Excellent venues, relaxed and friendly atmospheres, delicious food with a huge choice (the difficult bit!),
and great entertainment were the key features of all four social events during the congress.
An exciting and varied programme of visits (over three days) to Delft (inc. the pottery), the Hague, “Het Loo” Palace, “De Hoge Velue” National Park including the “Kröller Müller” museum, Harderwijk, the Flevo Polders, and Spakenburg.
Grietje & Johanna (the organizers), the traditional costume demonstration at Spakenburg, and pottery painting at Delft.
Pre and Post Congress Tours – each of a week’s duration.
Well organised, thoroughly enjoyable and uniquely interesting. Too much to include, but a small representation of the many and varied visits here.
Pre Congress tour
Aalsmeer Clock auction / flowers awaiting sale / rose glasshouse / Amsterdam; a city of canals and bikes.
Post Congress tour
Idealistic demonstration farm in west Germany / Russian and American machinery on a dairy farm in the former DDR / One of the many hundreds of beautiful buildings in Prague.
(Photos provided by Tony King and Allen Cummins)