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Ontario crop farmer wins 2nd Robert (Bob) L. Ross 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, ON, will receive free tuition to Agri-Food Management Excellence’s CTEAM program as well as up to $4000 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 1500 acres of wheat, soybeans, corn, edible beans and hay as well as raise 500 breeding ewes.
He 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 – community or industry involvement
-How the value gained from the program will be used
About Agri-Food Management Excellence Inc.
Agri-Food Management Excellence (AME) is inspired by empowering people to realize their goals. We empower farmers, ranchers and other agribusiness professionals through leading edge courses delivered in an unconventional format. It is Canada’s only national farm management learning program.
About Farm Management Canada
Farm Management Canada is a national umbrella for farm business management activity and the only organization dedicated exclusively to the development and delivery of advanced business management information, tools and resources to position Canada’s farmers for success.
About Family Farms Group
Family Farms Group is a network of family farm operators, agricultural experts and suppliers working together to preserve the legacy of family farms. Their network provides knowledge, training, and connections to help your farm grow and compete in an increasingly consolidated industry.
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For more information contact:
Agri-Food Management Excellence
Heather Broughton, Principal
Phone: 780 781 2840
Larry Martin, Principal
Phone: 519 841 1698
Farm Management Canada
Heather Watson, Executive Director
Phone: 613 237 9060 ext. 31