FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
National partnership enhances farm business training program
July 18, 2014 - Ottawa, ON – Agri-Food Management Excellence (AME) Inc. and Farm Management Canada (FMC) are excited to announce a new partnership to enhance the delivery of the renowned Canadian Total Excellence in Agricultural Management (CTEAM) program, Canada’s only national farm business management training program.
AME and FMC will be working together to conduct an in-depth analysis of the CTEAM program, assessing its reach and impact, and identifying areas for program enrichment, including relations with complementary international programs. Included in the analysis will be the alumni and lifelong learning programming.
Ultimately, the partnership aims to enhance efforts to increase the awareness and adoption of beneficial management practices and improve the attitudes of Canada’s farmers towards farm business management and management skills development.
CTEAM is specifically designed for farm managers and ranchers with a desire for excellence in management, production, and marketing. The early bird deadline for the 2014-2016 class is Sept. 30. Over the course of the 2-year, four session program, participants:
Learn from leading industry experts across management disciplines
Develop and implement your own strategic and operating plans for your farm
Learn how to benchmark your financial status against the best and how to financially optimize your assets
Learn how to confront change with confidence for continued growth, expansion, succession and transition
Build a lifelong network of peers and management experts
Life-long learning opportunities for alumni include international study trips.
“We are excited to join forces with AME - not only in the continuous improvement of an already-excellent program, but also in being intimately involved in continuing to build world-leading farm managers, and ultimately agriculture, in Canada.” - Linda Pipke, FMC Chair
“Going through CTEAM is like coming out of a dark tunnel with a light at the end. You gain the focus to head toward the light, and when you get to the end you realize how large your opportunities are.” Robert Semeniuk, RAS Farms, Alberta (CTEAM Graduate 2007-2009, and Outstanding Young Farmer of Alberta, 2012)
“The support of FMC underlines our commitment to excellence in business farm management. – Heather Broughton, AME partner
“We love this program because we are continually inspired by the success of those who enrol. Our aim is to honour them by continually improving CTEAM and our Life Long Learning program.” - Larry Martin, AME partner and lead instructor.
CTEAM is a 2-year national management skills development program
Participants take part in four , 4½-day modules over 2 years in various locations across Canada
Since launching in 1998, CTEAM alumni now number more than 150 graduates
The early bird deadline for the 2014-16 class is Sept. 30
The 2014-16 class begins Dec. 8-14 in Abbotsford, BC
The alumni will meet in conjunction with FMC’s Agricultural Excellence Conference in November
Farmers are encouraged to look to their Provincial/Territorial Ministries of Agriculture for information on cost-share funding opportunities to participate in the CTEAM program.
About Agri-Food Management Excellence Inc.
Agri-Food Management Excellence (AME) provides premiere management and leadership training for agri-food professionals. It was founded by Heather Broughton and Larry Martin who are inspired by empowering agricultural managers to achieve their aspirations. Learning programs include CTEAM, CFAME, their associated Alumni programs, and a series of courses on risk management using futures and options. Visit www.agrifoodtraining.com for a CTEAM brochure.
About Farm Management Canada
A national umbrella for Canadian farm business management activity, Farm Management Canada is the only organization devoted exclusively to the development and delivery of advanced business management information, tools and resources to position Canada’s farmers for success. FMC’s programs and activities are made possible through support from generous sponsors and supporters. Visit www.fmc-gac.com.
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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
Funded in part by: