Transition Smart







Transition Smart – Farmers to Processors is specialized training for farmers who want to develop on-farm value-added products and are looking for the tools to get started. This practical two-day course was created through a strategic partnership between Georgian College and the Agri-Food Management Institute, and will be offered:


November 5th and 6th, 2016 at the Orangeville Campus or November 19th and 20th, 2016 at the Owen Sound Campus


Register now as space is limited! The workshop is $129 plus HST. Visit or call us at 705.728.1968 ext. 1605. 


The focus is connecting farmers with the tools to become processors. Covering everything from operational planning, marketing, product development to pricing, distribution and sales. The workshop will focus on practical preparation tools that can be immediately implemented for identifying feasible value-added opportunities for your farming business.


View the Program Flyer Here




October 18th & 19th


7th Annual Food Regulatory & Quality Assurance Summit


Over 100 Food Professionals will join forces to improve compliance programs across Canada & the USA. Big changes are coming to the SFCA this fall – stay up to date. Hear everything you need to know straight from the CFIA & FDA.


New for this Year:

  • CFIA & FDA: Breaking updates on new regulations.
  • Labeling & SME Compliance: Specialized workshops.
  • Natural Claims & Labeling: Interactive Sessions.
  • Special Small-Medium business focus for regulatory approach.
  • Exclusive case study with Cornell Creme on navigating regulation as Small/Medium Enterprise


  • Tom Graham, Director Domestic Inspection Division, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
  • Rebecca Buckner, FSMA Chief Implementation Manager, Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Lisa Dyck, Owner & Founder, Cornell Creme
  • John Paterson, Mayor, Township of Leamington
  • Adele Douglass, Executive Director, Humane Animal Farm Care
  • Dan Kelly, President, Canadian Federation of Independent Business
  • + Many More


AMI Contacts receive 20% Off Registration using VIP Code: AMI20


For more info, visit

Phone: 1 666 298 9343 x 200







Food Safety Summit


Transform Your Food Safety Processes. Protect Your Customers & Your Reputation.


Food Safety Leaders from across North America are joining together to tackle safety & quality issues in the food industry. Make sure you have the latest information on SFCA and FSMA to ensure the best safety practices possible.


12th Annual North American Summit on Food Safety


Don’t be the next headline. Prevent food-borne illnesses and product contamination that can destroy your reputation. Learn from the people with the right experience and meet with them face-to-face in this interactive gathering of food professionals.


What’s new this year:

  • Successfully manage Food Safety in Complex Global Supply Chains.
  • Discover how Safe Food Canada is modernizing how we learn about Food Safety.
  • Learn from the FDA and CFIA first hand the changes impacting FSMA & SFCA.
  • Assess what you can learn from how natural foods avoid contamination.
  • More Interactive Sessions than ever before!


Featured Speakers:

  • Karen Mills, Director Quality Assurance, High Liner Foods
  • Michael Govender, Director, Quality Assurance and Food Safety, AGT Foods
  • Paula Klassen, Director, Food Safety and Quality Assurance, E.D. Smith Foods

+ Many More





Get your Complimentary Copy of the Brochure Today.

Make sure your Food Safety processes are Tip Top for 2016


AMI Contacts Receive 20% Off Registration Using VIP Code: AMI20


For more information visit:


Register: Online | P: 1 866 298 9343 x 200 | E: 







Dollars and Sense


The Agri-food Management Institute and Farm Management Canada are pleased to invite you to the launch of their ground-breaking study, Dollars and Sense: Measuring the Tangible Impacts of Beneficial Business Practices on Canadian Farms.



Date & Time:     

Monday, February 29th, 2016

9:00 a.m.  Presentation by Colin Siren, Vice President, Ipsos Agriculture and Animal Health

10:30 a.m.  Discussion forum: How can we better engage the industry in cultivating top managers?

12:00 p.m.  Lunch


Location: Holiday Inn Guelph, 601 Scottsdale Drive, Guelph

RSVP to by February 22, 2016


Sneak preview: According to this new research, top farm managers are dedicated to continual learning, carefully monitor and use their financial data and are 30 per cent more likely to consult business advisors. They are 50 per cent more likely to have and follow a formal business plan, monitor and use their costs of production, assess and manage their risks, and have a sound financial plan that includes budget goals.


Join us on February 29th in person or online via webinar through the Farm Management Canada website:


 Sign up for the webinar here!


Registration is quick and free!





AMI Biennial Conference



Click the image to be taken to the conference information page.





AMI and CAHRC are offering HR Supervisory Training in February, in two parts:


Supervisory Training (Part 1): Offered February 1st and February 23rd, 2016.

(One workshop, two choices of dates)
Supervisory Training - TFW & SAWP (Part 2): Offered February 24th, 2016 

Learn the skills 
to be a more effective leader
& create a productive work environment

Registration is OPEN now. Space is limited.



Why should you attend?


This is a practical and instructive workshop that will give you the tools you need to improve your workplace culture. The full day sessions are interactive and in-depth, providing you with the guidance you need to make real, long-lasting and impactful changes in your business to enhance employee morale and success.


Click here to register and read more about Part 1 on February 1st.


Click here to register and read more about Part 1 on February 23rd.


Click here to register and read more about Part 2 on February 24th.





Transition Smart


Join our Transition Smart – Farmers to Processors workshop


February 20 and 27, 2016 at the Georgian College Barrie Campus

March 12 and 13, 2016 in St. Jacobs.


This workshop was developed through the strategic partnership between AMI and Georgian College. The focus is connecting farmers with the tools to become processors. Covering everything from operational planning, marketing, product development to pricing, distribution and sales. The workshop will focus on practical preparation tools that can be immediately implemented and identifying feasible value-added opportunities for your farming business.


To register click here

View the Program Flyer Here


Taking the Challenge out of Conversation
Producers , Processors 
AMI to offer additional 1-DAY communication skills workshop for agrifood business employers/employees & families in 2016


** Two locations! **

For food producers: Woodstock & For food processors: Mississauga



      If you missed the Challenge the Conversation 2.0 Workshop, this is your last chance to learn how to:

  • Avoid uncomfortable or challenging discussions.
  • Spend a lot of time fixing issues and misunderstandings.
  • Want to deal with performance issues more effectively.
  • Need to work in partnership with employees & family.

This is a workshop designed to help managers, employees, spouses, and other family members learn how to communicate effectively on a daily basis, including tackling those difficult succession planning, and business management/operations conversations. 



Producer event:

Quality Inn, Woodstock, ON 

Processor event:

Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, ON

February 17th, 2016 
 January 26th, 2016
Cost: $99 per person plus taxes
Cost: $149 per person plus taxes


Click HERE for the PRODUCER and HERE for the PROCESSOR information sheet.     



Register by emailing











FarmStart Programs

**New program!**
The Farm Viability Series: Using Financial Tools for
Confident Decision Making


To register:


In Chatham-Kent: Nov 28th, Jan 9th & Jan 23rd; 9am-2pm taught by Chris

Knight of Clear Creek Farms In Guelph:  Dec 14th, Jan 11th & Feb 8th;

10am-3pm taught by Graham Corbett of Fiddle Foot Farm


In partnership with the Agri-food Management Institute, FarmStart's Farm

Viability Series will allow you to dig deep into financial tools for evaluating

your current or future farm business. This 3-session course breaks down

managing farm financials for effective decision-making for beginner and

experienced farmers. The focus is on setting up your chart of accounts,

costs of production, cash flow budgets and financial statements.


Farm Viability Webinars


To register:


From Chris Blanchard of Fearless Farm Finance, Richard Wiswall of The

Organic Farmers Business Handbook, and more! A series of 4 webinars over

the winter so you can learn in the comfort of your home. Reduced pricing

for those who attend all 4 webinars & the farm viability workshop.



3 workshops plus 4 webinars - $250

Series of 4 webinars - $70

1 webinar - $25



Other Upcoming Workshops...


Mind Your Business! 

Financial Literacy and Effective Business Management for Farmers

Richard Wiswall – December 8th, 2015 – 12 noon-1:30pm EST

Registration closes Monday Nov 30th 2015 at midnight.

Get Ahead of Debt

The 5 Things Farmers Should Know When Preparing For Farm Debt

James Craig - January 7th, 2016 - 12 noon-1pm EST

Registration closes Dec 31st 2015 at midnight

What It’s Worth

Pricing Produce for Profit

Chris Blanchard – January 19th, 2016 – 7-8:30pm EST

offered through ACORN:

calendar/winter-webinar-series but included in our series!



Ag Lean




The program begins October 2015 in St. Jacobs, Ontario
Tuition for the program is $800.00 for 4 days of instruction, all course materials,
meals and one-on-one phone support
Enrollment is limited to 12 farm operations/on-farm processors


Find out more about the agLean Master Class at the Ag Lean webpage here or contact Rob Hannam, program co-ordinator, at or call 519-822-727









The Advanced Farm Management (AFMP) program is designed for Ontario farm 

business owners and managers who want to elevate their management skills.


The program kicks off its fourth year in November 2015 and will be offered in Ingersoll, Ontario.


Farmers enrolling in the program will attend five intensive one-day training sessions 

at the same location over a four-month period, from November 2015 to February 2016.


For full program details go to


Early Bird Discount: Register and pay full tuition by

September 18, 2015 and save $150.00 off the regular course fee.


A 25% discount will be applied to the second registrant from the same farm business.



AMI-Sponsored Events 
Producers, Processors

Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention---February 15, 2015


Growing Fruitful Networks---February 24, 2015










And more!
Producers, Processors

2015 International Farm Management Congress in Quebec City : A bi-annual congress that brings together the world's best farm management experts is being held in Quebec City on July 2015. The International Farm Management Congress is an opportunity for farmers and advisors to share and learn best farm management practices, expertise, and ideas with industry leaders from across Canada and around the world. The congress is expected to attract farmers and academics from 30 countries July 12-17.


The theme for this year's congress is Healthy Agriculture, Healthy World, and will feature seminars with renowned speakers as well as agricultural tours in Ontario and the Maritimes. For more information and to register, visit


Food and Beverage Events and Tradeshows: Full list of food and beverage tradeshows from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs. 

Advanced Farm Management Program: Registration for the 2014-2015 Advanced Farm Management Program is now closed. Keep an eye open for 2015-2016 dates to be released in the Spring! 


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