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Never Stop Learning

The recent Dollar$ and Sense – Measuring the Tangible Impacts of Beneficial Business Practise on Canadian Farms study found the top practice that drives farm financial success is the practice of never-stopping learning.

Never Stop Learning

The recent Dollar$ and Sense – Measuring the Tangible Impacts of Beneficial Business Practise on Canadian Farms study found the top practice that drives farm financial success is the practice of never-stopping learning.

“In order to adapt to changes and to compete, you have to embrace life-long learning,” says Rick Dehod, farm financial specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF), Edmonton. “The more we learn, the more we realize what we don’t know. After our formal education ends, how does one find those nuggets of information and the management ideas that keep your farm competitive and profitable?”

Attending producer meetings, educational short-courses, and seminars on a wide array of topics allows interaction with academics, specialists and other producers. “Unfortunately in our busy lives, there is rarely enough time to do this. But farmers are innovative They are engaging in social media such as Facebook and Twitter and sharing best practices, or talking with farmers and industry professionals to help them gain the information required to make better management decisions on their farms.”

Dehod says what is key is just getting out and talking with people. “Whether it’s in-person or through your smartphone, gaining access to a greater network will you get you the knowledge you need to make your farm business more successful.”

As well, Dehod recommends that producers take some time off the farm this summer to attend field days that research organizations, producer commissions and AF host. “Attend your local agricultural fair and rodeo, or just go for coffee with a neighbour and ask him what app he has downloaded and who he is following on Twitter. It’s amazing how much information is exchanged out of a pickup window on a country road or on your smartphone.”

For more, go to AF’s Twitter and Facebook pages. For upcoming events, go to AF’s Coming Events page. For farm business management information, go to the Farm Manager – Your Business resource. Read the For the Dollar$ and Sense – Measuring the Tangible Impacts of Beneficial Business Practise on Canadian Farms report.

Contact:
Rick Dehod
780-427-4466