Are You Ready and Equipped to Lead Business Succession?

I meet farm owners who are in the fifth or sixth generation. I have met a few with double digit generations. My wife and I both have brothers on Century Farms that are transitioning to our nephews. How does this happen? When should it happen? What does farm family...

Understanding long-term farmland leases

Expert discusses how producers may benefit from these agreements By Kaitlynn Anderson Staff Writer Farms.com, July 11, 2018 Producers who want to rent land for extended periods may want to consider long-term leases. Farmers may enter into these agreements if they want...

Dealing with problem employees

Published in the May 28, 2018 online edition of Farm Credit Canada’s Ag Knowledge Author: Portia MacDonald-Dewhirst, Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council How do you coach a problem employee, and when and how do you let them go? Meet and clarify...

Stress – Friend or Foe?

Much is being written, especially in dairy circles, about the impact of the current economic environment on the stress level of farmers. Most has implicitly or explicitly cast stress in a negative light. That is not the whole story. Stress is necessary for our normal...

Active Listening: The Lifeblood of Great Communication

Please think of a recent time when someone – employee, colleague, partner, family member, friend – was not listening when you had something important to say. Now think about how you felt and describe your feelings in one word. In workshops, feelings like...

Fresh start for Quebec dairy farm

Highlights Massicotte Holsteins came about after a difficult split from the Massicotte’s 5 generation family business With financing from FCC, father and son visited farmers in the province to purchase cows and form their new herd Produce as much milk as possible...

Telling your agriculture story to the public…everyday!

Read any agricultural newsletter, magazine or blog and you will be reminded that every producer needs to share their story with consumers. Telling people about your life and how you work to earn and keep the trust of consumers is critical to your future in the...

Strategic planning with open arms, an open heart, and an open mind

Edited by John P. Hewlett, UW Ranch/Farm Management Specialist Strategic planning is an often-heard buzzword these days. But what does it mean to the average family farm? Simply put, strategic planning is figuring out where you want to go and how you’re going to get...

Planning to succeed

Joas van Oord studied the benefits of business planning when he was getting a university degree in economics. But he didn’t really get it until he returned to the family dairy farm and created a plan of his own. “When I first came home, I used to joke about filling 70...