Business & Policy
Advanced Farm Management Program expands to five Ontario locations
By Top Crop Manager
October 21, 2014 - Farm owners and managers in Ontario have the opportunity to improve their business management skills this winter with the Advanced Farm Management Program (AFMP), which will kick off in late November at five locations across the province.
The program, now in its third year, is offered by the Agri-Food Management Institute (AMI) in partnership with the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) and Synthesis Agri-Food Network. Previously delivered in three locations, AMI has expanded the reach of AFMP to offer more farmers the opportunity to upgrade their skills. This year participants can attend the program in Ridgetown, London, Orangeville, Ancaster or Winchester.
AFMP provides a unique combination of advanced farm business management training and personalized, practical teachings that farmers can apply immediately to their operation. Farmers who have completed the Growing Your Farm Profits (GYFP) program, or those who have accumulated management experience are encouraged to enrol.
"AFMP helps you think strategically about your business, build a strong Management Action Plan, and provides practical knowledge and insights needed to improve the everyday management of your operation," adds Rob Hannam, president of Synthesis Agri-Food Network and AFMP program facilitator.
The program consists of five intensive one-day training sessions over a four-month period. For the 2014/15 class, the sessions are scheduled to run from November to February.
Registration is open and farmers are urged to register before the October 31, 2014 deadline to secure a position at their preferred location. AFMP tuition is $1,950 per person and farmers may be eligible for a cost share rebate of 50 per cent of the tuition through the Growing Forward 2 Capacity Building program.
Application forms can be downloaded at www.advancedfarmmanagement.ca.
More information on AFMP locations, session dates and curriculum can be found at www.advancedfarmmanagement.ca