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    What is farm management?

    Farm manager - farm management - what is farm managementI came across farm  management when I was researching my how to get money as a new farmer post. At first, I didn’t think it was that important. I mean as a new farmer, how much are you500彩票手机软件下载  managing. In reality, if you500彩票手机软件下载 have created a business plan, you500彩票手机软件下载 have already started managing you500彩票手机软件下载r farm.

    What is farm management?

    It doesn’t need  an epic plan. It  needs a direction that you500彩票手机软件下载 want you500彩票手机软件下载r farm to go into. It is how to best manage the skills you500彩票手机软件下载 have, to meet the goals you500彩票手机软件下载 set.

    It is about identifying the gaps that you500彩票手机软件下载 have as a farm, and addressing those issues. It is about seeing what other farms are doing, and seeing if you500彩票手机软件下载 can do it better by setting goals and measuring results.

    You can take a fun approach to management. You can think about things like what are we doing? How can we do it better? What are you500彩票手机软件下载 good at?

    When you500彩票手机软件下载 are new farmer, you500彩票手机软件下载r management plan gives you500彩票手机软件下载 the opportunity to sit down and check what you500彩票手机软件下载’re good at , and what you500彩票手机软件下载’re not. It allows you500彩票手机软件下载 to  make decisions based on you500彩票手机软件下载r strengths and weaknesses. This is an opportunity to talk to you500彩票手机软件下载r peers about you500彩票手机软件下载r management plan. Because you500彩票手机软件下载’re starting from scratch, getting a friend to look at what you500彩票手机软件下载r plan is  important. Your peers can give you500彩票手机软件下载 ideas about things you500彩票手机软件下载 never thought of, and can help make you500彩票手机软件下载r plan stronger

    Questions to ask you500彩票手机软件下载rself about farm management:

    • What are my strengths?
    • What are my weaknesses?
    • What are the areas I am missing in my plan, and how can I fix them?
    • What is my competition doing?
    • What can I do better?
    • What are my goals?
    • What am I doing to measure results?

    Farm Management Canada is also a great place for a number of topics about management.

    As a you500彩票手机软件下载ng farmer, where do you500彩票手机软件下载 start?

    It’s about identifying the gaps that you500彩票手机软件下载 have at you500彩票手机软件下载r farm and addressing them. You need to think about you500彩票手机软件下载r farm as a business. This is where it really comes to play. By thinking about you500彩票手机软件下载r farm as a business, you500彩票手机软件下载 will treat it as such, you500彩票手机软件下载 will do things like a SWOT analysis, which helps you500彩票手机软件下载 find strengths,weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

    It’s also about setting goals. Think about using a business tactic like SMART goals. Smart goals are about setting goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely.

    According to Joe Dickenson one of the most important things you500彩票手机软件下载 can do as a you500彩票手机软件下载ng farmer when creating you500彩票手机软件下载r management plan is, to talk to other farmers. Talking to you500彩票手机软件下载r peers is a powerful tool. It gives you500彩票手机软件下载 the opportunity to check you500彩票手机软件下载r plan. You will get different perspectives, new ideas, and a second set of eyes. This is another reason community and farming go together.

    When it is all said and done, it boils down to having direction. As a new farmer, if you500彩票手机软件下载 have made you500彩票手机软件下载r business plan, you500彩票手机软件下载 should already have an idea about where you500彩票手机软件下载 want to take you500彩票手机软件下载r farm.

    Does every farm need a farm management plan?

    Not every farm needs to have a management plan written in stone, but every farm needs to have some sort of plan.  As I mentioned before, having direction is important. You don’t have to have you500彩票手机软件下载r whole plan down on paper, but if you500彩票手机软件下载 do, it shows you500彩票手机软件下载 exactly where you500彩票手机软件下载 want to be.

    As a new farmer, you500彩票手机软件下载’ll need direction. Because you500彩票手机软件下载 are starting you500彩票手机软件下载r farm from scratch, knowing the direction for the plan is very important.

    Let me reiterate, not every farm needs a plan written in stone. All you500彩票手机软件下载 need to have is a direction that you500彩票手机软件下载 are heading.

    Farm management on a large-scale

    When you500彩票手机软件下载 are dealing with a large-scale farm, it becomes much more important. You need to manage you500彩票手机软件下载r staff, you500彩票手机软件下载 need to manage what type of crops to choose, you500彩票手机软件下载 need to manage you500彩票手机软件下载r investments, and need to manage you500彩票手机软件下载rself.

    However, in our case we are just new farmers, so it is unlikely that you500彩票手机软件下载 are dealing with a large-scale operation.

    What do other farmers have to say

    I recently had a chat with Joe Dickenson from Dickenson Farms and Lyndsey Smith from RealAgriculture.com.

    I asked them the same questions I discussed here.

    1. What is farm management?
    2. As a you500彩票手机软件下载ng farmer, where do you500彩票手机软件下载 start with farm management?
    3. Does every farm need farm management?

    Here’s what they had to say:

    If you500彩票手机软件下载 can’t see the video, click here.

    A couple of the organization that Joe mentioned were: Junior Farmer Association of OntarioFédération de la relève agricole du Québec, and Canadian Young Farmer’s Forum.

    Measurement

    One aspect that we talked about in the video was measurement. Measurement doesn’t necessarily mean you500彩票手机软件下载 need to be crunching numbers all the time. What it really means is, having an idea about results. Think about return on investment.

    Questions about measurement:

    • Did I get enough bushels per acre?
    • Did that tractor I bought perform well enough?
    • How can I improve the yield of my crops?

    Thinking about the results are important. If you500彩票手机软件下载 have direction, but you500彩票手机软件下载 don’t measure the results, why bother with the plan.

    Consider this information when you500彩票手机软件下载 are creating you500彩票手机软件下载r farm management plan.

    Are there other things that you500彩票手机软件下载 are going to consider when you500彩票手机软件下载 make you500彩票手机软件下载r plan?

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