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Ontario crop farmer wins scholarship

Dec. 3, 2015 – Mark Brock is the winner of the second annual Robert (Bob) L. Ross scholarship program. The Ontario crop farmer from Staffa, Ont., will receive free tuition to Agri-Food Management Excellence’s CTEAM program as well as up to $4,000 towards travel expenses.

The scholarship is offered by Agri-Food Management Excellence in collaboration with Farm Management Canada, Family Farms Group and the Ross Family.

The scholarship was created in 2014 in memory of Bob Ross, a dairy farmer and passionate farm business consultant from St. Marys, Ontario, who lost his courageous battle with cancer in March 2014.

The scholarship was awarded at the recent Agricultural Excellence Conference in Regina, Sask. Brock farms with his wife Sandi at Shepherd Creek Farms Ltd. where they raise crops and sheep. They crop 1,500 acres of wheat, soybeans, corn, edible beans and hay as well as raise 500 breeding ewes.

Brock is the chair of the board of Grain Farmers of Ontario and has been involved in farm organizations for several years. “I’m very honoured to receive the scholarship knowing how much Bob Ross has contributed to improving the financial skills and awareness for Canadian farm operators,” says Brock.

“This scholarship has allowed financially for Sandi and I to both participate in CTEAM. We hope to come away from the program with a strategic plan and direction for our business built from a solid understanding of our financial situation and an awareness of the business environment in which we operate.”

“The aim of this scholarship is to provide a Canadian farmer with the opportunity to continue on the path of farm management excellence, which Bob Ross was dedicated to,” says Heather Broughton, principal of AME. “We’re excited to have Mark in our next CTEAM class.”

CTEAM is a program of Agri-Food Management Excellence which provides farmers and ranchers training on farm business management. Participants use their own farm data during the program. Eligible applicants must demonstrate a progressive operation and entrepreneurial spirit, passion for the industry, and how the value gained from the program will be used.


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