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A hawk on a fence post in Saskatchewan’s Qu’Appelle Valley. (Bobloblaw/iStock/Getty Images)

Indigenous-led ag projects get federal funding

Funding to support business planning and other studies

Sixteen projects to help support Indigenous-led food system initiatives will receive $4 million from the federal government. “Our government is working to create a more inclusive agriculture sector that respects the values of Indigenous Peoples,” Agriculture Minister Marie Claude Bibeau said in a statement Friday. “These investments are intended to ensure that Indigenous Peoples have […] Read more

This study by Farm Management Canada and the Agri-Food Management Institute surveyed 604 farmers and found those in the top quartile outperformed those in the bottom quartile by a wide margin, including having a return on assets that was 525 per cent higher and gross margin ratio that was 155 per cent higher.

Now is the second-best time to create your business plan

Business plans boost profitability but during a crisis, they also help you ‘sleep at night’

Reading Time: 3 minutes COVID-19 has a lot of farmers dusting off their risk management strategies, but if a business plan isn’t part of that, you’re likely sacrificing your bottom line — and your peace of mind. “We know that farmers are very stressed, but we also know that business planning can help,” said Heather Watson, executive director of […] Read more


Dana McCauley has been working to launch Accelerator Guelph since she joined the Research Innovation office at the University of Guelph late last year. (John Greig photo)

Guelph to host new agri-food accelerator

The University of Guelph has created a new organization to help launch agri-food ideas and innovations. Accelerator Guelph aims to provide business training, help create networks and provide a process to innovators in agriculture and food at the university. Why does it matter? Getting research and great ideas from university researchers to the market has […] Read more

financial paperwork

Have your financial ducks in a row before spring hits

Farm business specialist says there are four financial documents you need to prepare and share with your advisers before things get too busy

Reading Time: 1 minute Now is the time to review operating plans, investment plans and cash requirements for the upcoming year, says an Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development specialist. “The need to develop a strong business plan has been never greater,” said Rick Dehod. “With grain prices flattening, margins have been squeezed. Being proactive allows your business to strategically […] Read more


man standing in a field of wheat with combine

Province offering ‘how to be a farmer’ seminar

Want to be a farmer?

Reading Time: < 1 minute AARD release – “If you’re thinking of getting into farming but aren’t sure where to start, this session is ideal for you,” said Abby Verstraete, a farm business analyst with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. Getting into Farming – Information Session for the Aspiring Farmer will be held in Airdrie on Oct. 30. It will provide […] Read more

Business concept shot of a beautiful young woman sitting at a desk using a computer in a green field with a bright blue sky with fluffy white clouds. Shot on location.

Women should take measures to avoid a hard landing

Planning ahead for your business is critical for when the day a crisis hits, 
or when you want to make big changes

Reading Time: 3 minutes I do a lot of flying and still to this day find the takeoff rather exciting. After 35 years of travel there has never been an incident with takeoff — but the landings have been mixed. There were quite a few times when we could not land because of weather, and times when the pilot […] Read more