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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...

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 (farmfutures.com) 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...