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Crunching the Numbers: Business Management on Organic Farms Webinars

January 20 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm


Join us for a FREE virtual panel series!

Running an organic farm is a lot of work and keeping good records is an essential part of managing your business. Having a strong system in place that works for your particular needs is important, not only for planning out each year but also for renewing your organic certification. There are many different ways to approach keeping records on your farm which is why MOA has organized two panels to discuss tips, best practices, and share resources. These panels will include perspectives from farmers, farm management specialists, and organic inspectors and certifiers.

The Ins and Outs of Organic Cost of Production

Planning out your cost of production is important to planning a profitable year for all farmers. Organic farms have some unique considerations when it comes to planning cost of production, like thinking through nutrient budgeting in your soil and integrating cover crops. Farmers on this panel will share their personal systems for managing cost of production and management specialists will give tips on best practices. Presentations will be followed with a Q&A session.

10:30am: Introduction

10:35am: Roy Arnott (Manitoba Agriculture) on calculating cost of production

10:50am: Questions for farmer panelists – Larry Black, Alexander Boersch

11:05am: Craig Klemmer (FCC) on interest rates and risk management on organic farms

11:20am: Questions for farmer panelists – Larry Black, Alexander Boersch

11:35am: Q&A from the audience

12:00pm-1:00pm: Grab yourself some lunch at home!

Keeping Good Records for Organic Farms

Whether you keep a detailed Excel spreadsheet or a box of documents in your cupboard, keeping track of records is vital to running any business. Setting up a system that works for your particular needs can be challenging and even overwhelming at times. The purpose of this panel is to share different kinds of record keeping practices and brainstorm useful resources for organic farmers looking for efficient ways to keep their records. Farmers will share their data collection tools and spreadsheets to demonstrate different ways of keeping records. Organic certifiers and inspectors on the panel will discuss some of the common problems they encounter when it comes to record keeping on organic farms, provide advice, and share useful tools. There will be time for a Q&A session and breakout groups where audience members can talk about the kind of record keeping resources and templates they would like to see. 

1:00pm: Introduction

1:05pm: Organic Certifiers & Inspectors share the good, bad and the great of record-keeping on organic farms- Janine Gibson, Catherine Carroll, Tiffany Priestley

1:30pm: Farmer panelists demo how they keep records on their farms – Jason Peters, Karen Klassen

2:00pm: Breakout group – groups set by table, 10 mins to discuss what tools they find most useful and what resources they’d like to see developed.

2:10pm: Sharing from breakout groups.

2:20pm: Q&A from the audience

2:30pm: Close


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