Successful Business Workshops held for Women involved in Grain Operations

Successful business workshops held for women involved in grain operations
AMI and partners address learning gap in farm business training for women


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Guelph ON, 5th, September 2018 – The Agri-Food Management Institute (AMI) has just wrapped up a successful two-part training workshop for women involved in grain farming businesses.

The workshop attracted 25 participants from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from those new to farming or going through a succession process to established farmers trying new things and mothers looking to bring their daughters into a farm business.

Offered in partnership with Grain Farmers of Ontario and Maizeing Acres Inc., the business learning session was developed to address an identified gap in opportunities where women could collaboratively learn about the business side of a grain operation.

“With a growing number of women actively involved in farm businesses, there was a need for a learning opportunity that brings women together where they could learn from each other as well as from the curriculum and the instructors,” says AMI Executive Director Ashley Honsberger.

The curriculum included determining cost of production and how it relates to selling price, which was based on the five step grain marketing plan calculator resource developed by Donna Archer of Maizeing Acres. The workshop also covered whole farm risk assessment, grain marketing, and farmer mental health.

“AMI is experienced in creating positive, supportive learning spaces for agri-food businesses, and we felt it was really important to offer this educational opportunity specifically for women in agriculture,” adds Honsberger.

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


For more information:
Ashley Honsberger, 519-822-6618 or