Harper Government Invests to Enhance Farm Management Capacity

Farm Management Canada eligible to receive over $4 million to strengthen producers’ business skills

March 10, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

bernard-family-farm-dept-of-ag-picPierre Lemieux, Parliamentary Secretary to Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, today announced a five-year investment of over $4 million to Farm Management Canada (FMC) to help them strengthen producers’ business skills and build farm management capacity.

FMC will use the funding to enhance farm business management knowledge and skills development in Canada by delivering leading-edge resources and tools through various print and online channels and by working with industry and provinces/territories to identify and fill gaps in farm business development information and resources.

This investment is made through Growing Forward 2’s (GF2) AgriCompetitiveness Program, a five-year, $114.5-million initiative, which includes a combination of government initiatives and funding for industry-led projects.

Support is directed to not-for-profit organizations operating nationally in Canada whose proposed projects are national in scope and which support and complement the GF2 cost-shared adaptability and industry capacity program objectives.

Quick facts

  • A national umbrella for Canadian farm business management activity, Farm Management Canada, develops and delivers advanced business management information, tools and resources to position Canada’s farmers for success.
  • Farm Management Canada is working hard to raise matching funds from other stakeholders to complement Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada funding, and continues to make this a priority.
  • Federal support provided under the Fostering Business Development stream of AgriCompetitiveness, is intended to allow agri-businesses to transition, adapt and improve their profitability and resilience by nurturing entrepreneurial capacity through the development of youth, young and established farmers, farm safety initiatives, skills, and individual and industry leadership.


“Managing business information and knowledge is critical to a farm’s successful and efficient operation. This support will allow Farm Management Canada to continue to provide farmers with the information and tools they need to succeed.”

– Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture Pierre Lemieux

“We are very grateful for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s unwavering support. In our ever-changing and increasing global marketplace, farmers must be equipped with the knowledge, resources and tools to anticipate, respond to, and plan for change. And further, know how best to use this information to make informed decisions and take calculated risks that both mitigate negative impacts while maximizing potential rewards. We look forward to continuing our work together with industry—cultivating the leaders of tomorrow, today.”

– Linda Pipke, Chair, Farm Management Canada

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Jeff English
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz

Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
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