Agrimart: Free course helps improve farm management skills across Canada

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The free online course, which covers topics such as risk management, financial literacy and transitioning, is still available to farmers across the country.

An eight-module course, delivered in partnership with RBC, Farm Credit Canada and the University of Guelph, launched in January 2022. The free online course, which covers topics such as risk management, financial literacy and transition, is still available. to farmers across the country. The course modules aim to help farmers implement effective business planning processes, take advantage of financial tools, motivate employees and even address mental health issues to ensure people take care of themselves and their operations.

A collaboration between RBC, FCC and the University of Guelph, this comprehensive free course is designed to strengthen Canadian agriculture through improved management knowledge, skills and confidence.

“To be successful on a farm today, it has become essential to master the fundamentals of running a farm business. For some producers, this could mean the need to continually refine and refresh their knowledge of key concepts that lead to greater profitability and efficiency on their farm. For others who are new to the industry or who may have never had the opportunity to formally study, we thought a basic step-by-step program would help start the journey,” explained Mike. Tisdall, director of content marketing and industry events at FCC.

Since its launch in January 2022, more than 4,000 people have registered and 850 have completed the course, earning a certificate from the University of Guelph, according to Tisdall.

The University of Guelph hopes that more than 50,000 producers will complete at least one course module over the next two years.

“Family farm transition is one of the biggest issues in Canadian agriculture today. We know that many farmers are thinking of passing the family farm on to the next generation. Succession planning conversations can be very stressful and challenging for all members of the farm family,” shared Dr. John Cranfield, Associate Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College at the University of Guelph. course is recommended for all agricultural producers, says Dr. Cranfield.

The program will continue to be offered four times a year in winter, spring, summer and fall. Anyone interested in enrolling in the program should visit GuelphAgriculturalManagement.com.

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