Speakers 2018

Chris Baylis

‎Head of Farming - ‎Sir Richard Sutton Limited, + 3600 ha, UK

Speaker and Guest / Farm Manager of the Year, 2017, UK


Margus Muld

Member of the Board, Trigon Dairy Farming Estonia AS, + 8000ha, ESTONIA

Speaker and Guest/ With an experience of over 20 years in agriculture, Margus Muld has been awarded as farmer of the year 2017 in Estonia, just one year after receiving „best dairy herd manager in Estonia” award. Current Head of Estonian dairy farms, he has been in the board management of the country’s largest dairy producer, Trigon Dairy Farming, for over a decade. Margus Muld manages the three cattle farms of the company in Estonia where more than 3,500 cows are grown, and a fourth farm located in Russia.



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Ing. Juraj Mačaj



Speaker and Guest Farmer / Ing. Juraj Mačaj is already 6th generation of farmers working on the family farm together with his parents, brother, sister and his wife.From 1991 the farm has grown from 50 ha to 5000 ha in present time. AGROMAČAJ integrates more companies activ from agricultural production, through packing and procesing of vegetables to construction material minig. The holding is giving work to 300 full time and more than a 100 part time workers and is an leading potato and vegetable producer in the central european market. The whole production is being sold through an producer organization Zeleninarska, which supplies the production to local retailer chains in Slovakia, Hungary and Czech republic.

More information on www.zeleninarska.sk


Rainer Morgenstern

Commercial Executive Director Europe at SDF, responsible for European and central Asia, GERMANY

Speaker and Guest / SDF is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of tractors, harvesting machines and diesel engines. It distributes products through the SAME, DEUTZ-FAHR, Lamborghini Trattori, Hürlimann and Grégoire. NHR AGROPARTNERS is Professional Partner of RALF 2018.


Zdeněk Částka

Director, AGROSPOL, Malý Bor a.s., + 2400 ha, CZECH REPUBLIC

Speaker and Guest Farmer / The company AGROSPOL, Malý Bor a.s farms about 2400 hectares of farm land in the Klatovy district. Cattle farming sets up an important part of the company. In the sphere of plant growing, the farm  focuses on production of wheat, rape and potatoes.


Nicole Winkelmann

General Manager - Agrargenossenschaft ''Höhe'', + 2000 ha, GERMANIA

Speaker and Guest / General Manager – Agrargenossenschaft ”Höhe”, + 2000 ha, GERMANY


Speakers 2017

Wiktor Szmulewicz

President of the National Council of Agricultural Chambers (KRIR), POLAND

Speaker and Guest / National Council of Agricultural Chambers (KRIR) is a representative institution for agribusiness in Poland.


Michael Dörr

Farmer of the Year 2016 at the Ceres Award, GERMANY

Speaker and Guest Farmer / His modern cows farm from Roßdorf has attracted attention in recent years through productivity, but especially through new technologies. Visited equally by many politicians and journalists, Michael Dörr’s farm is an example of good practice in German agriculture / Recent Awards: 2016 Dairy Cattle Farmer of the year – German speaking countries, 2016 Farmer of the year – German speaking countries.


Denis Digel

Order of Agricultural Merit 2017, FRANCE

Speaker and Guest Farmer / Together with another 35 farmers, Denis Digel bought a former supermarket of a major international chain, which turned it into a self-catering center where local farmers sell over 40 varieties of own-produced tomatoes / For his initiative, widely publicized in the European press, he received in 2017 the Order of Agricultural Merit, a distinction offered by the French state for agriculture.


Dan Corbuț

General Director, Agroind Cauaceu, +3600 ha, ROMANIA

Speaker and Guest Farmer / Dan Corbuţ is General Director of Agroind Cauaceu and one of the most performing and influential farmers in Northwestern Romania.


Mark Anson

Manager, Anson Family Farms, Indiana/Illinois, + 7000 ha, SUA

Speaker and Guest Farmer / Mark represents  a family with farmers generations from Indiana/Illinois, USA / His farming life is about obtaining healthy soils using new technology.


Artur Rissine

General Director and co-owner, Stepova Agricultural Corporation, +13000 ha, Dnipro, UKRAINE

Speaker and Guest Farmer / Stepova Agricultural Corporation is one of the biggest leading enterprises with many years’ experience in breeding and seed farming sector / Is one of the leading companies of Ukrainian agriculture, with more than 13 000 ha of soil in Dnipropetrovsk region, especially with corn.


Liubov Maksimova

Deputy Director for Science Department, Stepova Agricultural Corporation, +13000 ha, Dnipro, UKRAINE

Speaker and Guest Farmer / Chief Technologist for Seed Production and Plant Protection, Stepova Agricultural Corporation / Graduated from the Faculty of Protection of the Grants of the Novosibirsk Agricultural Institute with honors / More than 20 scientific works.


Eng. Gelu Scutaru

General Director, Comcereal, Vrancea, + 4500 ha, ROMANIA

Speaker and Guest Farmer / Gelu Scutaru is one of the largest Romanian farmers, representative for Vrancea region and southern Moldova.


Nicolae Sitaru

Farm Manager ELSIT, + 2000 ha, ROMANIA

Speaker and Guest Farmer / Nicolae Sitaru is one of the representative Romanian farmers, appreciated for his reference activity in the agricultural field, being representative of the South-Muntenia Region.


Nicanor Buzovoi

General Director, Agrosfera-BM, Ungheni, + 2000 ha, REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA

Speaker and Guest Farmer / Nicanor Buzovoi was nominated by the Moldovan Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry for participation as Speaker and Guest Farmer at Romanian Agriculture Leadership Forum RALF 2017 / Nicanor Buzovoi is also the President of “ANPC-AGRO” National Cereal Producers Association from Moldova.


Prof. Univ. Dr. Sándor Kukovics

One of the most important international zootechnical specialists, HUNGARY

Speaker and Guest Farmer / Nominated by the Hungarian Minister of Agriculture to attending RALF 2017 / Diploma in Science in Agriculture – University of New England, Australia and Doctor of “habil” degree – University of Debrecen, Centre of Agricultural Sciences / Vice-President, COPA-COGECA Working Party on Sheep, coordinator of European sector of Sheep and Goat


Dr. Eng. Ion Voinea

Product Manager & Agroservice, KWS Seeds, ROMANIA

Speaker and Master Partner / PhD Ion Voinea is the Product Manager of KWS Seeds Romania, supervising the testing of KWS products with regard to their adaptability to local climatic, pedologic and technological conditions.


Laurenţiu Baciu

President, The League of Associations of Agricultural Producers in Romania LAPAR, ROMANIA

Speaker and Guest Farmer / “The League of Associations of Agricultural Producers in Romania – LAPAR – is a national federation constituted by the associating, freely consented, of the territorial professional associations from agriculture and of the producers.”


Emil Dumitru

President PRO AGRO National Federation, ROMANIA

Speaker and Guest Farmer / “National Federation PRO AGRO is a professional organization founded in 2012 for Romanian producers of agricultural, food and related services, promoting, representing, supporting and defending the interests of members of professional organizations nationally representative in relations with European institutions, national public and private.”


Ventzislav Varbanov

President, Bulgarian Association of Agricultural Producers (BAAP), BULGARIA

Speaker and Guest / Ventsislav Varbanov is a former Minister of Agriculture in Bulgaria / He has specialized in the USA “Marketing and Management in Agriculture”.


Dr. Eng. Abelardo de la Vega

Research Director, Europe, DuPont Pioneer, ARGENTINA

Speaker and Professional Partner / He holds the degrees of Agronomist Engineer and Doctor in Agricultural Sciences (University of Buenos Aires). In his 25-year plant breeding career, he created and registered more than 40 sunflower hybrids.


George Stanson

Business Development Manager Balkans/Eastern Europe, CNH Industrial/Case IH

Speaker and Professional Partner / His 25-year career in global market development in the Agribusiness field has set up a fulminating story with New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South Africa, Denmark, wherefrom George Stanson then returned to Eastern Europe and Balkans, 9 years ago to develop agriculture in this part of Europe. Today he is coordinating from Bucharest the activity of one of the world’s largest tractor manufacturers, Case IH.


Stanislav Iordanov

One of the pioneers in precision farming and irrigation techniques in BULGARIA

Speaker and Guest Farmer / Manager Agromate Ltd., Bulgaria / Playing major role in the development of the family agri business with extensive interest in the implementation of modern agricultural practices and technologies / Member of The Bulgarian Association of Agricultural Producers (BAAP).


Henrykh Myslivets

Owner of Gorizont agricultural farm, + 700 ha, Grodno region, BELARUS

Speaker and Guest Farmer / Farmer Henrykh Myslivets is the Republic of Belarus’s nominee for Romanian Agriculture Leadership Forum RALF 2017


Geoff Freed

Sales Manager for Chief Industries UK Ltd, which is a subsidiary of Chief Industries Inc. in Nebraska USA

Speaker and Professional Partner / Geoff Freed has had a lifetime’s experience in agriculture having obtained a National Diploma in Agriculture from Shuttleworth College in UK / Chief Industries is a Global Organisation, manufacturing and selling grain storage silos throughout the world.


Lars Stadman

Export Sales Manager, Agrifac, NETHERLANDS

Speaker and Professional Partner / ”It is our mission to help farmers increase yield on less productive farm land where we see huge yield gaps between current production levels and those possible with improved production practices, mechanization and precision farming.”


Anton Wagner

President of Austrian Cattle Breeders Association 2005 – 2016, AUSTRIA

Speaker and Guest Farmer / Family farm with about 100 milking cows / Supervisory board of the cooperative “Berglandmilch”, the largest milk processor in Austria / President of the Austrian Agricultural Cluster (AAC)


Martin Rand

CEO & co-Founder VitalFields

Speaker and Partner / Having an extensive experience in the agriculture and IT field, Martin Rand held the position of CIO at the Estonian Plant Production Inspectorate, where he was responsible for creating IT systems for farm compliance inspectors. With a forward-thinking mindset, in 2003 Martin Rand headed the creation of the first mobile inspecting system for farm compliance inspectors. Driven by passion about the intersection of agriculture and IT, Martin Rand co-founded VitalFields in 2011. He has a Master’s degree on IT Management at Estonian Business School.


Lecturer Dr. Eng. Bogdan Costea

Technical Sales Representative Agriculture Carmeuse Romania

Speaker and Partener / “Horticultural Engineer, Ph.D in Agronomy, with intensive research performed agro-chemistry and  agro-technology, Bogdan Costea has published a series of scientific research in the field of soil amendments and fertilization, in prestigious local and foreign publications. Currently Associate Professsor at the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in Timisoara, but also Technical Expert for the multinational company Carmeuse, he offers guidance to those passionate about agriculture and approaches all problems from the root, i.e. in our case, from the soil.”


Ramona Ivan

Director, External Relations and Structured Finance Direction, CEC BANK

Speaker and Partner / “Ramona Ivan has more than 20 years of experience in the Romanian banking system, operating in both state-owned and majority-owned private international banks, over the last five years joining CEC Bank.”


Speakers 2016

Pekka Pesonen

Secretary General, COPA and COGECA, the united voice of farmers in the European Union

Special Guest

“European farmers and agri-cooperatives provide solutions to the current and future challenges that we are facing: to deliver safe, sustainable, quality food at affordable prices whilst contributing to enhance biodiversity, fight against climate change and generating economic growth and employment. To do this and use efficiently our sector’s potential we need a strong, stable and common agricultural policy at EU level with adequate and flexible tools. The tool box needs to contain training, advisory services, knowledge exchange, measures that support farmers to continue to innovate, invest and boost cooperation for jobs and growth in rural areas. In addition, we need to have a long term perspective and coherence in the EU policies combined with national policies relevant for the sector. Farmers need now, more than ever, to be actively present on the decision making at EU level to make sure that their role is recognized. Romanian agriculture is a key player on the EU market, and as such, Romanian farmers and agri-food sector needs to actively voice their concerns and seek solutions jointly with their European counterparts. It is working together that makes us stronger.”



Dr. Eng. Dimitrie Muscă

General Manager, Combinatul Agroindustrial Curtici

Speaker and Guest Farmer

Dimitrie Muscă is one of the most appreciated and best Romanian farmers. “Farmer of the year” in Romania, 2015. “You have to permanently read, see, learn and work. It is the only way to remain efficient. We can compete with any profile company in Europe. Productivity says everything. I will talk about CAI Curtici
at RALF, in November.” The Agricultural Society AgroIndustrial Plant Curtici was founded in 1991, by the freedom association of landowners in the town Curtici, on the structure of the former CAP – the New World. Initially it started with a number of 75 founding members and with an area of 234 ha of agricultural land, but at the moment the company owns and operates an area of 5.130 ha of agricultural land, owned by over 2,500 associate members. The main activity of the Agricultural Society AgroIndustrial Plant Curtici is represented by mixed farming, consisting of perennial plant cultivation and animal husbandry. The basic principle which ensures the activity at the level of performance lies in the following cycle: INTEGRATION OF the PRODUCTION PLANT with BREEDING – MEAT AND MILK PROCESSING – TRADE OF FINISHED PRODUCTS – MONEY – cycle that allows the resumption of production so that integration is the sine qua non condition of reliability and performance of the Agricultural Society AgroIndustrial Plant Curtici.”



Tim Hassell

Farm Manager, Goodwood Farm

Speaker and Guest Farmer

Farm Manager of the Year” 2015, in Great Britain. “Under the guidance of multi-award winning General Manager, Tim, and his indisputable passion, Goodwood Home Farm has gone from strength to strength with its products receiving national recognition, most recently the Charlton Farmhouse cheese receiving gold medal at the British Cheese Awards. Along with supplying Goodwood’s very own restaurants and events, local customers and delicatessens, Tim has also built up an impressive customer list, including The Ritz and Fortnum & Mason. Tim manages the 1,375ha organic Home Farm on the Goodwood Estate, best known for its annual motorsport festival and racecourse. Tim turns out top-quality meat, milk, cheese and beer to sell on the estate and beyond. Tim has created a complex yet flexible and profitable business. Amid the bustle of the estate’s event preparation, he runs 1,400 ewes, 50 Sussex sucklers, 45 breeding sows and a 200-cow herd of Dairy Shorthorns. Set at the heart of the 12,000 acre Sussex estate, Goodwood Home Farm is one of the largest lowland organic farms in the UK. The farm nestles at the foot of the Sussex Downs and has soil which is mainly free draining chalk, ideal for spring malting barley, used to brew our own ale and lager and for the grazing of sheep and cattle. Goodwood has been farmed by the Dukes of Richmond for over three hundred years.”



Dr. Eng. Lucian Buzdugan

President, AGRICOST

Speaker and Guest Farmer

Lucian Buzdugan is one of the most appreciated and best Romanian farmers, manager of the biggest European agricultural exploitation. “I believe in Romania’s agricultural potential. Based on authorized predictions, we have the chance that Romania in the next 20 years to become one of the top 10 economies of the European Union. Among the main economic sectors, Romanian agriculture has the greatest chances for economic growth for a 20 years perspective, namely an increase of 4% per year that can lead to four times bigger its participation at the total value of the economy in 2036. The main reserve of the Romanian agriculture is represented by the doubling and even tripling production yields per surface unit. In the same time, the expansion of protean crops (soybean, peas, lucerne) for which Romania has the best conditions, is only a question of political will. The restoration and strong development of animal husbandry to ensure in this way the increase of the added value of cereals and legumes that today we mostly export, represents a way to increase the level of reliable and consistent participation of the agriculture to the country’s GDP. For this reason it is now appropriate that the whole civil society together with Romania’s academics and politicians to shake hands and elaborate this long-term plan, to be accepted by the entire society and then to be supported step by step for its implementation, because we have real chances in the near future. “



Markus Rediger

President of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists IFAJ

Speaker and Guest

“I want to share my experience in Agricultural Communications at the RALF. The agriculture sector must actively promote itself in the community or risk being overshadowed by vested interest groups with their own very different agendas.” This is the view of a leading rural communicator, Markus Rediger, who is responsible for positioning agriculture in Switzerland. “When it comes to promoting positive images and messages about agriculture you can’t afford not to do it,” says Mr Rediger who also has a global role at the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, IFAJ. Mr Rediger is Editor and Managing Director of the independent Agricultural Information Centre in Berne which enjoys widespread backing from government, farmer groups, corporates and agribusiness. He says the centre was formed in 1937 when Swiss farmers became disillusioned with how their sector was publically perceived and decided to pursue a path of advocacy through the media. “There is so much to communicate about agriculture and food to the public. The public wants to know about agriculture because everyone eats and drinks every day,” he says. Mr Rediger has been writing articles since the 1980s. He studied agricultural communications with the University of Illinois and completed a Masters at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich linking tourism and agriculture. “The role of agricultural journalism is important as society becomes increasingly urbanised with few people having any direct contact with the land.” “We help build bridges of knowledge and understanding”, he says.



Jeroen van Wijk

President of the regional branch of LTO Dutch Organisation for Agriculture and Horticulture

Speaker and Guest Farmer

Jeroen van Wijk was nominated by Dutch Organisation for Agriculture and HorticultureDutch Organisation for Agriculture and Horticulture (LTO Nederland) to participate at RALF 2016. “Jeroen van Wijk, married and 4 children, owns a dairy farm in Odijk (the middle of the Netherlands). Since 2014 he is the owner of the family farm after a partnership of 10 years with his father. The dairy farm consists of 130 milking cows and 80 young cattle, the cows are milked with an robotic milking system. The milk is sold at dairy cooperation Friesland Campina. Jeroen gives education to primary school children and groups come to visit his farm, because he is highly interested in the connection between agriculture and the society. Jeroen is chairman of the regional LTO (farmer organization). In 2015 he followed the youth food movement academy, an interactive curriculum where young professionals from the, hospitality, agriculture and food sector expend knowledge about the food system and the complexity of it.”



Radoslaw Nienartowicz

Vicepresident, CEJA – the European Council of Young Farmers

Speaker and Guest Farmer

“As a Vice-President of the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) and a young farmer myself, I am honoured to have been invited to be a Guest Speaker at RALF – Romanian Agricultural Leadership Forum in November 2016. I am looking forward to meeting with and speaking to the Romanian farmers present, sharing my ideas with them as well as listening to theirs. The role that young farmers and their organisations are able to play in shaping the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) at EU-level, and therefore building the framework for the future of the EU farming sector, is an incredibly important one, and is beginning to be recognised as such by many decision-makers and other stakeholders. We embody the future – not only because we are the next generation of the majority of farmers by definition, but also because we are the ones who are sensitive to, and hold insight into, the changes agriculture is undergoing and how best to address them. The situation of European young farmers today will determine the situation that the whole agricultural sector will be in in 10 or 15 years when these farmers make up the bulk of our European farming population, and it is therefore crucial that young farmers are able to organise, mobilise and show leadership in debate and discussions on the future of farming. Today’s obstacles may be substantial problems in the future just as much as today’s opportunities may give young farmers advantages in the sector of tomorrow.”



Ulrich Westrup

Farmer, DLG - German Agricultural Society

Speaker and Guest Farmer


Ulrich Westrup was nominated by DLG – German Agricultural Society, to participate as Speaker and Guest Farmer in RALF 2016 – The International Forum in Agriculture, an event created and organised by BORO PR & COMMUNICATION, part of the series of communication projects dedicated to priority areas education, healthcare and agriculture. Embassy of Germany in Romania is Institutional Partner of RALF 2016 – Romanian Agriculture Leadership Forum.


Doriana Nițu

General Manager, KWS Seeds

Guest and Master Partner

Guest in the RALF 2016 Official Opening.


Teodor Mihalcea

Secretary of State, The Ministry of Agriculture of Romania


Guest in the RALF 2016 Official Opening.


Laurențiu Baciu

President LAPAR

Guest Speaker in the Official Opening

“The League of Associations of Agricultural Producers in Romania – LAPAR – is a national federation constituted by the associating, freely consented, of the territorial professional associations from agriculture and of the producers. LAPAR is a Romanian legal entity, private, non-profit, nongovernmental, apolitical and independent. LAPAR is operating in accordance with the interests of the members associations, namely farmers, included in the present articles of incorporation and with the legal provisions in force. LAPAR represents the interests of the farmers, established by own decisions and decisions of professional bodies members in relation to the central administration bodies, with other associations and federations, internal and international, policies and programs management for agriculture, funds for agriculture activities and others.“



Emil Dumitru

President PRO AGRO

Guest Speaker in the Official Opening

National Federation PRO AGRO is a professional organization founded in 2012 for Romanian producers of agricultural, food and related services, promoting, representing, supporting and defending the interests of members of professional organizations nationally representative in relations with European institutions, national public and private. National Federation PRO AGRO is an umbrella organization that challenges facing members of the 17 professional organizations and inter-related, promoting and supporting a rural economy sustainable agriculture is essential for the future of all and is the voice of producers in this sector, which is an important pillar of the Romanian national economy, representing the interests and needs of members, coordinating and supporting professional organizations on agricultural issues, economic, legal, fiscal, educational and social.”



Dr. Eng. Ion Voinea

Product Manager & Agroservice, KWS

Speaker and Master Partner

KWS solutions, the right answer to climatic changes. “Climate change is a certainty and mankind faces special challenges. I will speak at RALF about the solutions offered by KWS in this context. KWS develops amelioration programs all over Europe. In Romania, KWS offers products adapted to the continental climate and to the pedologic particularities of our country. At our research center in Alexandria we created Kamparis – the first corn hybrid produced by a multinational company in our country. I will also speak about KWS informative activities that aim to educate and help our partners in their endeavors to adapt faster and more efficient to the new conditions.” PhD Ion Voinea is the Product Manager of KWS Seeds Romania, supervising the testing of KWS products with regard to their adaptability to local climatic, pedologic and technological conditions. KWS Seeds, a subsidiary of German KWS Group, is among the top three multinational seeds producers that activate in Romania. The company has been present on the Romanian market since 2002, enjoying a motivated and qualified team, which has grown to more than 125 employees in 14 years. With a remarkable presence in over 70 countries, KWS focuses on research, development and performance, using its extensive expertise in amelioration of plants. Thus, KWS has proved to be always a close and trusted partner of the farmer, through innovative and customized solutions that provide him with profitable crops, independence and prosperity.



Adrian Badea

Sales Manager, Bühler Grain Logistics, Bühler AG

Speaker and Partner

Bühler, engineering your success. “During the event I will present the solutions provided by Bühler to farmer’s challenges, but also ways to increase the added value of grains, technical plants and pulses by processing it. Our company is the only one on the market that can provide comprehensive solutions for storage and processing of agricultural products.” “Adrian Badea is Bühler’s employee in Romania for over 6 years, during which time he participated to the most important projects in the country. Extensive experience in offering solutions and technologies for the storage and processing of agricultural products make him an authorized source of information for farmers interested in developing their business. Bühler holds globally leading market positions in technologies and methods for processing grain into flour and feed, as well as for the production of pasta and chocolate and several other industries. The company’s core technologies are in the areas of mechanical and thermal process engineering. Every day, billions of people come into contact with Bühler technologies to cover their basic needs for foods. Our industrial process technologies and solutions contribute significantly to feeding the world’s population, setting the focus on food security and safety. Bühler have always been a step ahead when it comes to generating benefits and added value for our customers.”



Laura Mihai

Director, Large Clients Direction, CEC BANK


“During the conference will be presented the solutions offered by CEC Bank for agriculture financing as well as real life case studies of CEC Bank customers. “Mrs. Laura Daniela Mihai has an extended experience of over 20 years in the Romanian banking system. Her career started in a well established Romanian bank and continued in the private banking system. Starting 2004, she held several managerial positions. Over time, she attended many specialization courses in finance, management and marketing, as well as intensive training in IFRS (ERNST & YOUNG), cards (MasterCard) etc. Throughout her career she has been involved in the implementation of some large projects on financing large corporates. She joined CEC Bank team in 2007, at the same time with the establishment of Large Accounts Department and, now, she coordinates the activity of credit analysis and sales to the corporate segment; public sector as well as the analysis activity of the investment projects.” “CEC Bank is a universal, commercial bank, offering highly competitive products and services, aiming especially to financing SMEs, agriculture, local public administrations, as well as those bankable projects which by their very nature, contribute to the economic development, creating and maintaining jobs. The Bank is an active element in assisting its customers to access the EU funds and it is involved in supporting Government Programs. Special attention will be paid to further developing the relationship with the Romanian population.”