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Food justice and security courses led the way to career

BRAMPTON, ON – When Paul Stewart was working on a degree from Ryerson in politics and governance, his first career choice wasn’t agriculture. “What got me interested there was what we learned about food justice,” the 26-year-old explains. “We also did a course on food...

Understanding Financial Well-Being

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sponsored a webinar this week to discuss Financial well-being: What it means and how to help. This study provides the first-ever definition of financial well-being created directly out of the voices of consumers. Consumers...

Recruiting Great Employees in the Twenty-First Century

Last Saturday my wife and I shopped for linens to upgrade our towel and wash cloth supply. We had passed the store on Friday but chose not to stop as were had not prepared. On Saturday, we spent at least an hour reviewing what we had in the linen closet and deciding...

“It’s been quite a change”

The “thread of innovation” that runs through the stories of YU Ranch, Purple Daze Lavender Farm, Good Neighbour Farms, and Burning Kiln extends across Norfolk County. Dozens of enterprising operations selling vegetables, berries, ginseng, lavender, and herbs have...

Engaged Employees: Key to Successful Farm Business

by Darren Frye Posted to Farm Futures website ( July 1, 2013 Think about what you, as the farm owner, do for your business. You go the extra mile to make sure things get done. You work to improve the efficiency of your operations. You build strong...

Dairy Farmers of Canada Responds to Supply Management Policy Paper

DFC Provides Industry Perspective into Most Recent Conference Board of Canada’s Policy Paper By Amanda Brodhagen, In an effort to spur more debate into Canada’s dairy supply management system, the Conference Board of Canada in partnership with the George...

The Family Business – Part Two

Best-selling author and executive coach David Irvine continues his discussion of the challenges of running a family business and how to overcome them. In part two Irvine focuses on the importance of accountability and strong character. Key Points Accountability is key...

The Family Business – Part One

Best-selling author and executive coach David Irvine discusses the challenges of running a family business and how to overcome them. In part one Irvine focuses on the importance of governance, setting goals, holistic leadership and caring for the interests of the...

Longevity in the Workplace – Does It Hinder Growth?

As with many questions, the answer is “it depends.”  We start by looking at two hypothetical but realistic employees. John has worked on the farm for 20 years. During his first two or three years, he mastered the skills required in the position.  He...