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Women are talking with their families to start practising what they learned, and to take more of a team approach on the farm.

A better agenda

Workshops for farm women are teaching both men and women across the country how to score more with business education

Whether you are male or female, you know you need more business know-how to thrive in today’s ag world. Also regardless of whether you’re male or female, you’re probably actively seeking to increase those skills and your knowledge base. Everyone is upping their game. It’s part of the farmer’s basic job description. Maybe, though, the […] Read more

Mom and Dad, what should you be looking for when the kids come home? Are you willing to let them make mistakes?

Up to the job

You’re home for the summer. Now, how are you going to show Mom and Dad that you’re a safe bet for taking over the farm?

It’s a phrase that means just what it says. Leadership succession is real, and it’s catching on. If your succession plan only looks at how the financial picture will unfold down the road, that’s not enough. Increasingly, it’s clear that it has to deal with who can handle what responsibilities too. Are your kids up […] Read more


Neil McBeth, left, Jerry Belanger, general manager of Essex Food Bank and Dr. Richard Barnett of Essex Rotary deliver potatoes to the food bank, in this case for the 120 Christmas food baskets they provide every year.

Leading in the community

An inside look at how the community wins — and how their farms and farming in general win too — when farmers go to town as community leaders

When Max Kaiser decided to try for municipal council four years ago, he harkened back to a famous and fairly recent moment in farming history. As he’s a crop and chicken farmer (in the Town of Greater Napanee near Kingston, Ont.), it was fitting — but also a great strategy. When election time rolled around, […] Read more

Farmers in management groups have a 43 per cent higher operating profit, 2.2 per cent higher return on assets, and higher net worth. – VIA Research

The peer-to-peer choice

Why are more farmers joining peer-to-peer farm management and benchmarking clubs? Because it pays

Farmers are hearing more and more about peer farming groups. Maybe you even know someone personally who’s a member. That wouldn’t be surprising as these farm business management groups are growing in number across the country. They come in many shapes and sizes, but have some traits in common as well, and all share the […] Read more


Richard and Doug Arnold of Arnold Innovations in Manitoba.

Partnership boom

Like Richard and Doug Arnold, more farmers are forming partnerships of more kinds. They're examples of how to do it right

Since its launch about two years ago, the company formed by grain farmers Richard and Annette Arnold and their son Doug in Hamiota, Man., has scored some big successes in Western Canada. Those include several awards — in 2016, Arnold Innovations took home a “Silver” Innovation Award at Farm Progress in Regina along with Best […] Read more

On BreadRoot Farm at Canora, Sask., owners Al and Hélène Boyko are finding the new listing services are helping them connect with potential non-family successors. “If we had not found FarmLINK, I don’t know what we would have done,

No one in the family to take over the farm

Where there’s no clear successor, more farmers are looking for ways to sell to a young or new farmer from outside the family. It’s rarely easy, but new listing services and new financial strategies may mean it’s possible

We all know a farm in this situation. Mom and Dad always thought one of the children would stand up at some point and say, “I want the farm.” Now, the time has come for the parents to make retirement plans, and none of the kids is standing up. Or maybe it’s the flipside. Mom […] Read more



“We get paralysed about ‘how.’ We only see obstacles,” says Bossy. “We need to understand obstacles are the raw materials to get to our goals.” – Mike Bossy.

Service please

Are you keeping up with the level of business service your neighbours are getting from their accountants and advisors?

Country Guide compares notes with two insiders in Canada’s booming farm advisory sector. As they tell us, there’s a lot to keep up with. There are two reasons why Canadian farmers are now using more business services than they did five or 10 years ago — and neither of them is going away any time[...]
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While new technology is an important part of farm production, it’s a business risk that will need to be managed carefully.

The road ahead

Our panel tackles the question: What are the big farm business risks for the next five to 10 years — and what skills, actions and mindsets will be critical in taking them on?

Picture yourself driving in traffic. Then, you begin noticing that the traffic is increasing, not just in the number of vehicles around you but also in the speed they are travelling at. Some of the traffic rules seem to be changing too, and the driver controls in your vehicle are all new and confusing as[...]
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Capture the off-farm bonus

Working off-farm before joining the family farm may never have been more valuable

Country Guide had a simple question to ask farmers who began their careers by working off-farm after graduation. Should today’s young farmers start the same way, with off-farm employment? The eager and unanimous “yes” is still echoing down the halls. But is it right? Or are they farmers only justifying the choice they made? Well,[...]
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