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Cats and Can Openers

A model for managing complex change ‘It’s hard to herd the cats until they hear the sound of the can opener.’ I heard this expression for the first time this week at a seed industry meeting – the last in a series of stakeholder consultations about…READ MORE

Value Stream Mapping

Do you know how you farm? That’s a question farmers should ask themselves when looking to improve how they manage their operations. One of the ways farmers can answer the question is to create a Value Stream Map (VSM). Quite simply, VSM is a way to…READ MORE

Want to Build Your Farm Business? Invest in Yourself.

What should you invest in to make your farm or agribusiness more successful? When we pose that question, the conversation typically turns to the need for things like better iron (a new tractor or new combine), or upgrading computers and business management software. Human resources and…READ MORE

Livestock production helps municipalities drive economies

Today, many municipal and regional governments are looking for ways to maximize economic activity. In areas where urban expansion continues to consume farmland, governments grapple with the challenge of how to grow and expand their agri-food sectors as the productive land base slowly dwindles. When it…READ MORE

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