The winner of this year’s Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM) National Farm Management Award is Dr Philip Cain, former senior farm business management lecturer at the University of Newcastle. Dr Cain won the award for his contribution to the agricultural industry.
Dr Cain studied at the University of Newcastle, then worked as a farm manager before returning to Newcastle to set up the farm business management degree course 27 years ago. The course has seen over 1,000 graduates since its inception. In addition, Dr Cain was director of the University’s two farms, which form the research base for the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development while acting as a demonstration facility for students. He was also involved with Eastern European agriculture, running a farm in Romania for a children’s charity.
Commenting on the award, Dr Cain, who retired from the University this summer, said: “I’m thrilled to receive this award and to be recognised by my peers for my work. I am very proud of the graduates, many of who now hold responsible positions within the agricultural industry.”
Richard Cooksley, IAgrM director, added “Philip has made an outstanding contribution to the whole discipline of farm management for more than three decades. This award recognises his commitment to the education of so many people within the agricultural and farm management sector.”