Eldon Klippenstein sees himself as the hub, receiving expert advice from professionals, assessing it and making decisions about what actions to take.  |  Ed Phite photo

Surrounded by professionals

This series looks at how farmers, agriculture consultants and service providers are professionalizing agriculture by integrating the many skills required by today’s complex and challenging industry. You can follow the entire series here. ALTONA, Man. — It’s a busy day at B and S Farm, with Eldon Klippenstein on the phone with his broker, hedging 2016-17 […] Read more

Modern ag

This series looks at how farmers, agriculture consultants and service providers are professionalizing agriculture by integrating the many skills required by today’s complex and challenging industry. Surrounded by professionals – ALTONA, Man. — It’s a busy day at B and S Farm, with Eldon Klippenstein on the phone with his broker, hedging 2016-17 corn. He’s […] Read more

Mentors around every corner

Part 4: This series looks at how farmers, agriculture consultants and service providers are professionalizing agriculture by integrating the many skills required by today’s complex and challenging industry. You can follow the entire series here. The best advice on how to become a pro farmer might not come from another farmer but from the business […] Read more


VIDEO: Workplace safety in the spotlight

This is part of a series exploring how farmers, ag consultants and service providers are professionalizing agriculture by integrating the many skills required by today’s complex and challenging industry. This week: The importance of farm safety training to keep employees safe, and the farms viable.

This series looks at how farmers, agriculture consultants and service providers are professionalizing agriculture by integrating the many skills required by today’s complex and challenging industry. You can follow the entire series here. Young farmers expect to learn a lot about soil science, plant science, farm management and animal production when they attend university to […] Read more

University of Manitoba School of Agriculture instructor Garrett Sawatzky is a graduate of the program. He says the course has given him confidence to manage a farm operation.  |  Ed White photo

VIDEO: U of M re-engineers ag program

This is part of a series exploring how farmers, 
ag consultants and service providers are professionalizing agriculture by integrating the many skills required by today’s complex and challenging industry. 


This series looks at how farmers, agriculture consultants and service providers are professionalizing agriculture by integrating the many skills required by today’s complex and challenging industry. You can follow the entire series here. Garrett Sawatzky wasn’t the model of today’s professional farmer when he entered the University of Manitoba’s agriculture diploma program. “I was a […] Read more


Bartt Chute says producers who don’t know their production costs are “flying blind.”  |  Ed White photo

Making sense of the numbers

This series looks at how farmers, agriculture consultants and service providers are professionalizing agriculture by integrating the many skills required by today’s complex and challenging industry. You can follow the entire series here. TUXFORD, Sask. — Bartt Chute hates looking at some of this year’s production and profitability numbers on his farm. It’s break-even at […] Read more

This series explores how farmers, ag consultants
and service providers are 
professionalizing agriculture by integrating the many 
skills required by today’s complex and challenging industry. This is part 5.

Industry seeks new generation of advisers for complex farms

This series looks at how farmers, agriculture consultants and service providers are professionalizing agriculture by integrating the many skills required by today’s complex and challenging industry. You can follow the entire series here. Farmers and rural communities are bewildered by the digital, economic, technological and demographic revolutions that have swept the world in the last […] Read more

A roundtable of financial and farm management specialists including Geoff Garland, left, David Derwin, Gavin Betker, Stacey Hiebert and Terry Betker discuss how they and farmers need to work together to take farm management to a higher level, similar to other medium-sized businesses.  |  Ed White photo

Farmers should increase focus on long-term goals

This series looks at how farmers, agriculture consultants and service providers are professionalizing agriculture by integrating the many skills required by today’s complex and challenging industry. You can follow the entire series here. Many farms are multi-million dollar businesses, but aren’t acting like it. It’s a situation that can occur when a business, especially a […] Read more