If your farm is not one that holds regular meetings, this is your encouragement to start small… but start. That’s because research shows that business that hold regular meetings are more profitable than those that do not. We’re not talking about a morning tailgate chat on what’s ahead — that’s an operational meeting to start the… Read More

Professional development isn’t just for those in corporate agriculture and it’s not just for those looking at taking on a new role, either. Vik Kail, human resources leader for Corteva Agriscience, says that there’s a place for professional development, both formally and informally, for all levels of employees, including owners and managers. Kail looks at… Read More

In leadership, aggressive behaviour can actually be less harmful to business than passivity. In other words, being unwilling to discuss a problem is actually more detrimental that having an argument about it. But just knowing that doesn’t make dealing with conflict any easier says Kelly Dobson, chief leadership officer at LeaderShift. In this Mind Your… Read More

Family farms that hold regular business meetings are 21 per cent more profitable than those who don’t. That may be, but the mere mention of “meeting” likely makes you roll your eyes or maybe grumble in disapproval. Family meetings might bring up some not-so-pleasant memories, but Elaine Froese, farm family coach, says it doesn’t have… Read More

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… Read More

If you’re frustrated by how government support programs are designed or overwhelmed by navigating the paperwork, you’re certainly not alone. The numbers speak for themselves — enrolment in the main suite of federal programs has been dropping steadily for years. A recent letter from the Standing Committee on Agriculture to the Minister of Agriculture and… Read More

In an era of “cheap” money, farms could take advantage to solve working capital shortages, set aside savings, or plan for a business transition. But debt restructuring, or taking on more debt even at low rates, is not without its pitfalls. For this episode of the Mind Your Farm Business podcast, Terry Betker, president, and… Read More

 

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