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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...

“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...

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...

Advice for Canadian Crop Producers – Part One

Murad Al-Katib, President and CEO of SaskCan Pulse and Alliance Grain Traders, shares tips for Canadian crop producers with AgriSuccess editor Kevin Hursh. Key Points Producers need to be both growth-oriented and market-oriented – you need to grow crops because there...

Advice for Canadian Crop Producers – Part Two

Murad Al-Katib, President and CEO of SaskCan Pulse and Alliance Grain Traders, shares tips for Canadian crop producers with AgriSuccess editor Kevin Hursh. Key Points Producers need to be both growth-oriented and market-oriented – you need to grow crops because there...

Good Neighbour Farms – Vive la diversification!

  Purple Daze Lavender Farm is an oasis of calm compared to that of Jason Ryder, a young neighbour who farms just south of Delhi, a few kilometers to the east. His 140 acres of green onions make him one of the largest producers of that crop in the country, but...