Tag: Rob Hannam

Manitoba farm groups asking members for views on amalgamation

Manitoba farmers are being asked for their opinion and direction on the proposed amalgamation of five provincial commodity groups. After months of meetings between board and staff representatives, the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers, Manitoba Flax Growers, the National Sunflower Association of Canada, Manitoba Corn Growers and Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers published their proposed… Read more »

MB commodity groups set to release amalgamation details

“The silos of agriculture are crumbling, like it or not,” says Eric Fridfinnson, chair of the Manitoba Flax Growers Association — one of five commodity groups in Manitoba that are working toward amalgamating. “It’s a change we’ve all observed over the years,” he continues. “This approach – the approach we’ve been working on – has… Read more »

MYFB — Ep. 23: Four Elements of a Well-Crafted Farm Business Plan

The finding is staggering. A recent IPSOS Reid poll found that certain farms achieve five-times higher return on assets because of one key element. Perhaps more surprising is how accessible this element of a farm business is — it’s a written business plan. That number is impressive, but even more striking is the associated finding that… Read more »

Common Sense^2 — How to Apply Lean Principles to the Farm

What do you want to improve on your farm this spring? As part of TechTour LIVE last month, Rob Hannam of Synthesis Agri-Food Network encouraged farmers to apply “lean” principles to their farm operations. As he explains in the video below, “lean” is a philosophy for reducing loss and waste from a process. There are… Read more »

Advanced Farm Management Program Helps Farmers Make Better Business Decisions

Farming is not just about producing crops or raising livestock. Much of what separates high performance farms from average to below-average farms is their ability to excel at everything from human resources management and looking after their team to understanding financial ratios and how to deal with the banker, says Rob Hannam, lead facilitator for… Read more »

Advanced Farm Management Program Deadline Approaches, Funding Available

Feedback from last year’s Advanced Farm Management Program was overwhelmingly positive. So much so in fact, that the program has expanded to three different locations in Ontario. This year, Guelph, North Gower and Chatham, Ontario will host the program, giving participants in each location a chance to bring their farm management skills to the next… Read more »

Wheat School: Wheat is the Next Frontier – Rob Hannam

Wheat is a crop that is grown around the world.  There is a harvest somewhere in the world every month of the year.  The winds of change have been blowing in the wheat industry with the influx of new breeding and trait development capital from the private sector.  Many insiders are expecting changes to the… Read more »

Key Trends in Canadian Agriculture for 2011 – Rob Hannam

This week I was reading themonthly edition of the Synthesis – Network E-Newsletter and I was intrigued.  Not only was it the first list for what will happen in 2011 in agriculture, but it also was quite good.  In the list Rob Hannam and his team covered sustainability, cattle markets and economic volatiliity.  This is… Read more »