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Setting up your new peer group

Peer groups are driving the performance of more farms across the country. How do you get started

Reading Time: 5 minutes Every farmer gains deep perspective and a wealth of insight during their career. It’s knowledge that comes from personal experience, family and advice from trusted advisors. And, of course, farmers are also adept at learning from each other. This latter takes place over the fence, but it is also structured, with a long history of […] Read more

For this brother and sister, a structure with each contributing at the top of their game is a key to success. James heads up operations, Kristen is chief administrative officer.

Finding your farm self

How one farm is using innovative business strategies to fuel its passion

Reading Time: 7 minutes We hear much talk today about business models and strategies, and we read about new and innovative ideas to change and manage farm business. But what do the words actually mean? A “good idea” can be a proactive idea or even a reactionary one; it can be traditional or alternative. But it would seem that […] Read more

Kelly Dobson considered an MBA, but signed up for leadership training instead. It’s impacting his farm every day, he says.

Farmers finding a competitive edge with leadership training

Across the country, more farmers are signing up for in-depth leadership training, and they’re using it to transform the way they farm and do business

Reading Time: 7 minutes There’s a saying that if you aren’t moving forward, then you’re falling behind. Never has this been more true than in agriculture today. But something else is equally true. It’s that more farmers are keeping up with this need for change by dedicating time and effort to cutting-edge studies on leadership. For 46-year-old Kelly Dobson, […] Read more

In Saskatchewan Trena and Myles find their peer group injects not only fresh ideas and new thinking, but a drive to achieve more too.

Sometimes the best advice…

Going a distance to talk business with similar farmers injects fresh thinking and insight into these operations

Reading Time: 5 minutes Farmers love to talk to other farmers, as anyone who has ever spent five minutes in a country coffee shop knows. But it’s not always easy to have productive discussions with your peers if they are also your neighbours, and if you’re competing with them to rent or purchase land, or to sell grain at […] Read more

The value of peer groups

AME Management: Farmers willing to listen and take suggestions are good candidates for a peer group

Reading Time: 3 minutes Peer groups are not a new concept. They have existed for years within different industries in several different types of applications. They are also known as peer advisory groups, business-to-business discussion groups, and peer advisory boards. Background Farmers have used external resources to help with management challenges for years. Accountants, lawyers and lenders are long-established […] Read more

The farmer as CEO

AME Management: What roles and responsibilities must a farmer assume in order to be effective?

Reading Time: 3 minutes An Internet search will reveal several definitions of the roles and responsibilities for the chief executive officer (CEO) of a business. The degree of formality of the actual position and its title varies considerably from business to business, depending on size, complexity, and organizational preferences. Potential roles and responsibilities of the CEO are summarized below. […] Read more

Three key alignments for top farm management

AME Management: Define your management structure for the future

Reading Time: 3 minutes When the planets align, life on the farm can be very rewarding, like when your weather is perfect at the same time that there are production shortfalls in other parts of the world and you can price into market highs. There are other alignments, however, that are much more within your control when you are […] Read more