Mind Your Farm Business — Ep. 55: Training the next generation of farm leaders


Farming is such a diverse industry with so many operation types that add value to the industry.

Canadian Young Farmers’ Forum (CYFF) was established in 1997, with the goal to assist young farmers with information while exchanging ideas that lead to progressive strategies, to ensure farming success in Canada. The organization hosts speakers and innovative workshops that aim to increase all participants’ knowledge of the agriculture industry and provide positive tools to aid young farmers in successful farm management.

CYFF can help farmers in all types of situations, such as farming in a remote and unique environment, or farming together with multiple family members. In this episode of Mind Your Farm Business, host Shaun Haney talks with two farmers, Mike Henderson and Veronica Vermeulen, about their operations, and the benefits they’ve received from being active participants in the CYFF program.

Henderson, raises pigs and grows wheat, barley, oats, peas, potatoes, and cabbages, off-the-grid, at Whitehorse, Yukon. He attended a CYFF conference early on in his farming career and while there, realized the opportunities that were missing in his portfolio and that would drive his business forward.

Vermeulen raises cows and calves and grows corn, wheat, and hay at Milford, Nova Scotia, as part of a dairy farm that’s ready to be passed from her parent’s generation to hers. Understanding that everybody “has their own load,” the weight of the business is carried by all, and it’s important to know how each person fits in. Vermeulen found community, a sense of drive, and communication techniques when she attended her first CYFF conference, where she realized how to support each member of her family farm.

Hear more from both farmers on how they benefit from involvement in a leadership group: 

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