Want to kick up your management skills a notch?

Producers who want to take their management skills to the next level are being encouraged to apply for the second annual Robert (Bob) L. Ross scholarship program.

Ross, a dairy producer from St. Marys, Ont. who died in 2014, was an influential advocate for business management training and a mentor to farmers across the country as one of the creators and instructors in the Canadian Total Excellence in Agricultural Management program.

The scholarship covers the $7,500 tuition for the CTEAM program, a set of five-day modules held over the course of two winters. Participants use their own farm data to develop a strategic business plan for their operation.

“This scholarship is meant to provide a Canadian farmer with the opportunity to continue on the path of farm management excellence that Bob was devoted to,” said Heather Broughton, a Donalda producer and principal of Agri-Food Management Excellence, which now operates the CTEAM program.

The next course starts in November with modules held in Calgary, Abbotsford, B.C., Niagara Falls, and Ottawa. The scholarship also offers up to $4,000 towards travel costs and $2,500 for another family member’s tuition. Last year’s scholarship was awarded to Manitoba grain farmer Roger Lepp. For more information visit www.agrifoodtraining.com. — Staff

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