About IFMA

The International Farm Management Association is a society of people who are involved directly or indirectly in the agricultural process and who have an interest in the agriculture of other parts of the world than their own.

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. Within IFMA membership everyone is equal.

The IFMA is organised and co-ordinated by a Council, with members drawn from around the world, the details of which you will find on the Council Page.

The IFMA’s main activities are international congresses, a journal and this website.

It 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.

International Congresses

These are organised every 2nd year in countries around the world. They are organised locally, usually last for 6 days, which together with additional pre- and post congress tours, provide not only an occasion to discuss farm management and agriculture in a global context, but also to learn a great deal about the host country’s farming structure and its people. They are truly unique opportunities.

Please go to the Congresses Page for further information, including information on Future Congresses and links to their websites once they have been set up. Each Congress has its own website set up in the county in which it is being held.

To catch up on the Congresses that have been held in the past click on the “List of Congresses” button and select the congress you want information about. If you want to get an idea of what an IFMA congress involves and the sort of experiences you can expect to have at one of our congresses – take a look at the photo summaries of  recent congresses.
For papers from the last 10 Congresses (The Netherlands 2002, Australia 2003, Brazil 2005, Ireland 2007, USA 2009, New Zealand 2011, Poland 2013, Canada 2015, Edinburgh 2017 and Tasmania 2019) click the Proceedings Button. Search facilities are available on all the papers.

International Journal of Agricultural Management (IJAM)

IJAMVol1_CoverWEbThe International Journal of Agricultural Management was launched as an online Journal in October 2011 and is available from this website – please go to the Journal Page on this website to learn more, access the Journal, and find out how to contribute to it.

The purpose of the journal is to provide an international forum and source of reference for those working in agricultural management and related activities, including social, economic and environmental aspects of food production and rural development.  The Journal aims to publish papers that are relevant to practitioners, advisors, academics, teachers, students and others interested in farm management in the widest sense.  IJAM issues are available to IFMA Members only for the first year of each published issue, after which they become available to everyone. An objective of the Journal is to encourage practical and problem-solving contributions that highlight the common nature of agricultural management principles across geographical, cultural, social and national boundaries.  IJAM is a joint publication with the Institute of Agricultural Management (UK).

Please go to the Journal Page for more information.

IJAM replaced IFMA’s previous Journal of International Farm Management (JIFM) which was published on the previous version of this website.  It ran from 2005 until 2011.  You can still find the papers that were published online – Volume 3 – Volume 5 – by going to the IJAM home page on the IngentaConnect website and selecting the relevant link under ‘Related Information’.

IFMA Website (Re-launched April 2015, 3rd Edition)

This website is designed to provide a central focus for IFMA news, activities, contributed articles on issues and about farm management associations from around the world, on upcoming IFMA congresses, on past congresses including papers presented at them, the online Journal, and links to individual IFMA Congress websites. It also provides links to, and information on, other associated farm management organisations and their activities around the world, and to appropriate online publications.

The IFMA Constitution

The IFMA Constitution was revised and approved by the General Meeting in July 2013.

Click here for the IFMA Constitution

For more information on the International Farm Management Association read the article by Philip James and updated by Tony King the Secretaries of IFMA from the first congress in 1971 to 2015.

Click here to see the article: 40 Years of IFMA – Its Origins, Ethos and History

And here to see the 3 fold flyer of basic facts about IFMA.


IFMA Address

The Secretary
International Farm Management Association
Portbury House
BS20 7TE
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1275 843825


IFMA welcomes new members.  You can join IFMA from as little as US$52.50 / €46.50 / GB£40 or the equivalent in your currency.

Please help us maintain and grow this resource for all those who are interested in Farm Management the around the world.

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