AMI winds down, spins off resources to two organizations


After more than ten years in the agri-food sector in Ontario, the Agri-Food Management Institute (AMI) has announced it will transfer its resources and wind down operations effective April 30.

Farm Management Canada will take over hosting AMI’s online business management tools, resources, and workshops. Food Processing Skills Canada will be the new host of the online management tools for processors.

“We are extremely proud of AMI’s efforts to promote business management and develop tools and resources to help farmers and processors with business planning, management and strategic thinking,” says AMI vice chair Laurie Nicol. “I’m proud of the work our past and current board members have put into this organization; this was not an easy decision to make.”

Farm Management Canada has partnered with AMI on various projects in the past, and Food Processing Skills Canada has grown their training platform over the past several years and AMI’s online materials will complement their existing resources.

A 2016 study by AMI in partnership with Farm Management Canada established the first-ever link between farm business management and profitability, and identified the top seven habits of Canada’s most successful farmers.

Other successful initiatives included the popular Advanced Farm Management Program, a series of regional food business-focused conferences, and a widely used program that supported the inclusion of business management topics and speakers on the agendas of industry events.

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