A two-day conference this week in Brandon is designed to help young farmers prepare for the rapidly changing business of agriculture.
Presented in part by Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives, Keystone Agricultural Producers Young Farmers Committee and Growing Forward, the 2013 Manitoba Young and Beginning Farmers Conference takes place Wednesday and Thursday at the Victoria Inn.
“Young farmers taking over the family business or those new to the agriculture industry will have the opportunity to meet with and learn from producers who face the same challenges and have the same desire to succeed,” Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Ron Kostyshyn said.
“This conference will highlight the management tools and strategies of farming operations that will help increase young farmers’ chance of success.”
The conference will focus on public relations and farming operations, human resource topics and farm management issues including the legal implications of farm business decisions. It will also allow participants to learn more about farm financial tools and programs.
Keynote speakers this year include Cedric MacLeod, a consulting agronomist who will share strategies and actions for improving general farm management. John Stewart, a lawyer with a farming background, will also be speaking about organizing the structure of a farm business to withstand difficult situations, as well as succession planning.
“The continuing prosperity and growth of farming in Manitoba will depend on present and future generations of producers making sound businesses decisions,” Kostyshyn said.
“This conference is an excellent opportunity to learn how to make farm operations more efficient, exchange ideas and share information.”
The 2013 Manitoba Young and Beginning Farmers Conference is funded in part by Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.
For more information, call 204-726-6293, call a local Manitoba Agriculture Food and Rural Initiatives GO office or visit gov.mb.ca.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 12, 2013