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Here are some comments from participants of the past AFMP programs.

 

How has the Advanced Farm Management Program changed your perspective on planning for your farm business?

  • “By advising us to be more consistent with setting deadlines for goals and for our ideas to be completed.”
  • “No more using the ‘unpredictability’ of farming as an excuse not to plan. Definitely have a new appreciation for the value of a vision statement.”
  • “It increased my awareness to the importance of a plan and its impact on the success of your business.”
  • “We need to be more proactive about choosing farm advisors who have the experience and tools to assist us with our planning and goals.”

 

What was the most valuable aspect of the Advanced Farm Management Plan for you?

  • “The realization that every area has an expert that I could hire to coach my farm along and guide decision making.”
  • “Giving us the opportunity to learn together and prioritize actions. A one-time course doesn’t have the same ability to get us to establish good habits!”
  • “Learning to read my financials better and seriously looking towards the next 5 years.”
  • “To get away from the farm and analyze our current situation and develop a business plan.”
  • “Looking at the farm as a whole and analyzing the numbers and how I should use them.”

Dairy Farm Managers, 2017

How has the Advanced Farm Management Program changed your perspective on planning for your farm business?

  • “To build a barn now, not in a year!”
  • “I’m going to be able to look differently at how to either justify or not justify or not be able to justify equipment from lean farm management perspective.”
  • “Risk Management. Financial analysis. Continuous education. Have a long-term vision and management decisions become easier.”
  • “We are planning to increase our land base gradually now.”

What was the most valuable aspect of the Advanced Farm Management Plan for you?

  • “Providing tools that allow me to bring the knowledge and resources back to my family. A lot of what is learned in courses like this can be difficult to share with the farm later on but you guys provided excellent documents and resources to do that.”
  • “I liked the farm financial planning/analysis best. It is something that I can learn a lot more about.”
  • “Being able to step away and analyze the farm as a business. It was very helpful to connect with others who have gone through similar situations. The handouts and outlines are a huge help for dissecting different areas that need improving. I look forward to writing them up and putting them into action.”

Grain Farmers, 2017

What was the most valuable aspect of the Advanced Farm Management Plan for you?

  • “Financial aspect to farming; the management action plan creates awareness of need for big picture thinking and tools to work within developing necessary strategies. All of the pieces combine into one, each part is more valuable when combined with others”
  • “Creates awareness of need for big picture thinking, and tools to work with in developing necessary strategies.”

Dairy Goat Farmers, 2016

How has the Advanced Farm Management Program changed your perspective on planning for your farm business?

  • “How a brief, clear plan can help more effectively manage all aspects of my business.”
  • “It brought to attention where we needed improvement and how to put together a plan to improve.”
  • “Historically, we carried farm planning information in our heads. The AFMP has provided the tools, resources and information to support us in discussing important aspects of planning, goal setting and action plans.”

What was the most valuable aspect of the Advanced Farm Management Plan for you?

  • “I thought the HR principles were very helpful because they can be applied outside of a business context and can be used every day.”
  • “Taking 5 days to talk, write and think about our farm business with both the leaders and participants. It is good to think critically about our operation.”
  • “Getting a written map as well as take a closer look at our financials and realizing we need to sit down and ‘crunch’ numbers and ratios more often.”

Grain Farmers, 2016

How has the Advanced Farm Management Program changed your perspective on planning for your farm business?

  • “Decided to build a barn this year not next year.”
  • “I can now look at the financials and calculate some ratios to determine if we can progress with a goal and afford it before talking to a banker.”

What was the most valuable aspect of the Advanced Farm Management Plan for you?

  • “To learn how to do the ratios and what to prepare for the bank. I was very happy with the program and glad I took it. The program will help our farm go forward. Thanks!”
  • “Building confidence to proceed with building toward expansion. Not asking the bank If we can build but having the tools to tell the bank why and how we must build.”
  • “It made me a better employer”

Dairy Farmers, 2016

“We have a plan and vision where we want to be in 5-10 years and how to get there. I learned how to run a leaner and more efficient operation.”

Dairy Farmer

“Very helpful session today. Sparked a ton of questions. I am anxious to get home and analyze our financial statements!”

Grain Farmer
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