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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

The verdict? Business management practices can play a significant role in producing healthy farms and farmers.

Study shows positive connection between farm business planning and mental health

“This is the way it’s always been done.” “There’s not enough time.” “We’re doing fine without one.” We all know there are endless excuses for not having a farm business plan. But a recent research study has found that farm business management isn’t just good for business — it’s also good for mental health. Healthy […] Read more


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Report links business management, mental health of farmers

Farm women, young farmers report higher levels of stress, difficulties coping

Ottawa — A new report from Farm Management Canada (FMC) calls for action after determining 75 per cent of Canadian farmers reported being moderately to highly stressed about unpredictable interference, workload pressure and financial pressures. But how a farmer plans his or her business — and associated risks — can help lower that statistic. The […] Read more

Seven strategies of successful farms

Seven strategies of successful farms

Focusing on costs, risks, and your farm’s budget and financial plan

I’ve been discussing the top seven practices of successful farm management. In this article, let’s focus on the last three. No. 5 on the list is knowing your cost of production. I break costs of production out into three components: direct, variable and fixed costs. Direct costs are those expenses that have a direct impact […] Read more


It’s important that your farm management team decides what the business of farming looks like on your farm.

Taking farm management to the next level – Pt. 2

Implementing your plan is where real change comes from

In this column, I’ll walk you through the first four of the seven key practices of successful farm managers. Let’s say your family members have taken personality and risk tolerance evaluations and discussed the results. This helped you clarify why some people react the way they do when making decisions or in stressful situations. This […] Read more

Field mapping with agronomic data and yield data will help you make better cropping decisions for the coming year.

Taking farm management to the next level – Part 1

For better results: know your own decision-making style and risk tolerance level

Every year is a learning year in the agriculture sector. The trick is to take the lessons learned and turn them into actions. Your success may be production-based, profit-based, financial, or managerial — as in improving the way you monitor your farm’s performance. Or, your success may be becoming a more sustainable and safe business. […] Read more


Farm managers seek a few good aggies for awards

Farm managers seek a few good aggies for awards

Agriculture students may be eligible for financial encouragement to improve their communication, critical thinking and leadership skills through Farm Management Canada’s national awards program. FMC and the Canadian Association of Diploma in Agriculture Programs (CADAP) recently opened the 2015-16 edition of their Excellence Award for Agricultural Students, with a top prize of $1,500. The awards […] Read more