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The days of the ‘hired hand’ are gone. Now we must create a place of care so those who work for us can care for those who depend on them.

In business, starting small doesn’t mean thinking small

As in any other enterprise, a farm’s success is the cumulation of a multitude of small acts

Reading Time: 3 minutes One cannot look at a vast ocean without realizing that it just does not come into being. It takes a thousand raindrops, so goes the saying, to start the flow of water to make the sea just as it takes millions of microbes to build soil. And so it is with a farm or farm […] Read more

Tips on securing business financing

Tips on securing business financing

Reading Time: < 1 minute Understanding how a lender evaluates your application can help you be successful when applying for financing. To help with this, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has a new fact sheet entitled Get the Loan You Need. “This information will help give business owners an edge in securing the financing they need to develop their business,” said […] Read more


Funding available for agricultural business skills training

Funding available for agricultural business skills training

Business Management Skills Program will cover 75 per cent of tuition fees or the cost of hiring an instructor for a group

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Business Management Skills Program is now accepting applications. “This program helps agricultural producers, new producers and processors, agri-processing industry staff, and producer groups improve their business management skills through timely training and targeted skills development,” said Stephanie Kosinski, business opportunity grant specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. The Growing Forward 2 funded program aims […] Read more

two farmers beside a tractor

Help on offer for starting or expanding an on-farm business

Along with business development info and tools, new-venture specialists offer coaching and connections


Reading Time: < 1 minute Thinking of starting a new business or adding something new to your existing product line? “Before you start, you need to do your homework and research what is already available and what is needed,” said Kathy Bosse, new-venture specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “This may seem like a daunting task, but there is assistance […] Read more