Speaker Profile: Robin Brumfield

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Speaker Profile: Robin Brumfield 2018-08-07T13:52:57+00:00
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Robin Brumfield, Ph.D

Robin G. Brumfield, Ph.D., is a Professor at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA, and has been the Farm Management Extension Specialist at Rutgers since 1988. She is internationally known for her work in horticultural economics and has given over 200 talks in sixteen countries.  Dr. Brumfield has a knack for communicating complex material to practitioners, using tools like workbooks and computerized calculators to help farmers make better management decisions.  Her on-line workbook, To Market; To Market was designed to help small beginning farmers decide what to produce and how to market it. Her Greenhouse Cost Accounting Program is the standard in the greenhouse industry. She wrote the marketing and business management chapters for the best-selling textbook, Greenhouse Operations and Management by Dr. Paul V. Nelson. Dr. Brumfield was named a Fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) in 2012; this is the highest honor the society bestows.

She received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Horticulture with a minor in Economics and Business from North Carolina State University. Before joining Rutgers University, she was Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Floriculture at The Pennsylvania State University for five years.

Dr. Brumfield has been working with the award winning New Jersey Annie’s Project Team as state co-leader since 2011. Annie’s Project helps women farmers develop farm business management and risk management skills. Robin took the Annie’s Project concept to Antalya, Turkey as her sabbatical project in late 2011 where she co-founded Suzanne’s Project. Since then she has extended the program to Germany, Spain, and Malta through an EU funded project called Empowering Women Farmers with Agricultural Business Management Training. She has also trained small-holder women farmers in Nicaragua and Guyana to better manage their businesses.