News Release AMI combining new projects and established programs under Canadian Agricultural Partnership

News Release

AMI combining new projects and established programs under
Canadian Agricultural Partnership

For immediate release

Guelph ON, 12 April 2018 – The Agri-Food Management Institute (AMI) will be delivering a mixture of established programming and new projects under the newly launched Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

The focus will be on business management, productivity enhancement and local production opportunities for both farm businesses and food processors.

Popular AMI initiatives including Advanced Farm Management Program, Transition Smart and the Learning Roadshow will continue under the new Partnership funding framework. A Beginner Farmer Entrant Workshop will also be launched this year to complement a new online resource AMI has just unveiled on its website.

New to AMI’s offering will be resources and tools to address productivity-related issues in farm and food processing businesses. The organization will also be focusing on regional opportunities for value-adding by building connections along the value chain and identifying supply chain gaps in local food production.

AMI promotes new ways of thinking about agribusiness management by developing resources,  providing information and offering training opportunities for agri-food and agri-based producers, processors and their business advisors.  AMI receives funding from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.



“To truly succeed, agribusinesses require strong leadership and management with an eye to the future. The investments being made by the governments of Canada and Ontario through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership will give these businesses the tools and resources they need to ensure the sector thrives and is prosperous. By supporting our agribusinesses, farmers and food processors, we will be creating well-paying middle class jobs while working towards our objective of expanding agricultural exports to $75 billion by 2025.”

– Lawrence MacAulay, Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“We are committed to strategically and innovatively supporting Ontario’s thriving agri-food and agri-product sector to build its competitiveness, expand its markets, and to add to its world-leading reputation for producing safe, quality food. This Canadian Agricultural Partnership agreement with the Agri-Food Management Institute will be important in our efforts to make the sector stronger and more prosperous.”

Jeff Leal, Minister – Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“AMI is looking forward to continuing its work in agri-food management under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership with both new and existing activities. Our research has shown the positive impact business management can have on a business’ bottom line, and we appreciate the government’s ongoing support of AMI’s activities in this important area.”

Doug Alexander, Chair – Agri-Food Management Institute

“The AMI programs that people know and love will be continuing this year, so we encourage everyone to keep an eye out for more details on meetings and events throughout Ontario in the coming months. And, we’re excited about the opportunity to work on new initiatives that will support growth and profitability for Ontario farmers and food processors.”

Ashley Honsberger, Executive Director – Agri-Food Management Institute