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According to Farm Management Canada’s Healthy Minds, Healthy Farms report, only one in five Canadian farmers say they regularly follow a written business plan. Those that do, however, also tend to follow other business practices that give them an advantage over the competition — and greater income.

Want more success? Plan for it

Three experts outline why a business plan is important for you and your farm

The Canadian agriculture industry’s best farmers earn as much as 525 per cent more income than other farmers. How did they get there? Last year, at Ag in Motion Discovery Plus, three farm business experts discussed just that. The consensus? Success depends upon business planning. Farmers who invest in a business plan are better prepared […] Read more

How to start your farm plan for this year

Q & A with an expert

Q: It’s a new year. Where do I start when making a farm plan for 2021? A: January and February are often the months we think of as a new start on crop production, protection and financials for the upcoming spring season. No doubt this winter has been unique with the COVID-19 protocols in place, […] Read more

Nutrient Management Seminar series continues

Great speakers and great information for the on-line series

Be on-line for the next seven Monday afternoons around 2 p.m. to see and hear some to the leading experts in in Western Canada talk about nutrient and soil health management topics.   The 2021 Alberta Nutrient Management Seminar Series actually started last Monday, Jan. 11with a presentation by Ross McKenzie explaining how to read […] Read more


Somebody has to win these great prizes

Final reminder… you have until midnight this Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 to get your entry in for a chance at some $34,000 in prizes in the big Christmas giveaway organized by AGvisorPro. Visit their website at to enter. AGvisorPro is the relatively new service that connects farmer subscribers with a huge network of crop, […] Read more

Improved cost of production budgets can improve management decisions.

Is there a right way to calculate farm cost of production?

It depends on whether you’re budgeting or performing an investment analysis

“Know your cost of production” is an annual farm advisor’s rallying cry. This is still good advice with ever-rising costs and uncertain revenue. How exactly should you calculate cost of production when there seems to be different approaches throughout the industry? More specifically, what should you include and not include? To answer that question, it […] Read more

The show must go on — at least in part

Live agricultural main events have been cancelled, but check out these virtual events

Even as some of the major crop and livestock trade shows and conferences have decided to cancel their full events in late 2020 and into early 2021, that doesn’t mean there aren’t still some virtual or online activities. Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) made the tough decision last summer to cancel its 50th anniversary show in […] Read more

It’s important that best management practices like budgeting and cash flow projection keep pace as your farm expands.

Superforecasting: When politics meet farm financials

Farm Management: Use financial forecasts for long-term business planning

Forecasting is all around us. From the weather to next year’s kindergarten enrolment to the U.S. presidential election. No matter how accurate past forecasts are, many seek out new information to make decisions. Anticipating what the future might hold helps with preparedness and planning. Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner researched and co-authored the book Superforecasting: […] Read more

More hay and feed listing services

I was reminded there may be other hay, straw and feed listing services available to farmers looking to buy or sell products this fall. Do a search and check them out on-line. Steve from the TownPost (launched in 2010) based in Barrhead, AB says their family-owned business offers free on-line classifieds to rural Albertans. Along with […] Read more

Hay and so much more available on-line

Several websites help farmers connect with farmers and other suppliers

Western Canadian farmers and ranchers looking to buy or sale hay or almost anything else concerning beef production can tap into some new as well as established on-line listing services. Most of the websites help producers either buy or sell forages, but some sites offer much broader services too. And aside from forages etc at […] Read more

AgVisor Pro operating team continues to grow

The information matchmaker - what happens at AgVisor Pro stays at AgVisor Pro

By Lee Hart I don’t want to appear to be the PR department for AgVisor Pro, but Rob Saik who founded the company about a year ago, along with co-conspirator Patrick Walther is very good at keeping the world informed as the service that connects farmers with expert advice around the country continues to grow. […] Read more