‘GF2’ workshop planned for district

In Ontario, “Growing Forward 2” (GF2) offers resources, tools, and cost-share funding assistance to eligible producers to grow profits, expand markets, and manage shared risks.
The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) administers GF2 to producers across Ontario on behalf of the ministry.
Producers are encouraged to take advantage of free workshops and training opportunities.
Participants will have a chance to talk to other producers and industry specialists about new ways to reach your farm business goals.
Attending a workshop may be a prerequisite before applying for GF2 cost-share funding assistance, or can help strengthen your “Growing Forward 2” application.
The “Growing Your Farm Profits” workshop is the place to start—it provides a planning process and resources to maximize your long-term farm business goals.
The two-day workshop will give you the tools needed to self-assess your business:
•review current farm management practices, systems, knowledge, and skills;
•understand how planning provides the framework for effective decision-making;
•priorize future goals for the farm business;
•identify resources that can help meet these goals;
•build on the farm business’ strengths; and
•write an action plan to improve farm management skills and knowledge.
After the two-day workshop, you and your management team will be able to clarify an action plan for your farm business, start the planning process, and begin to access the resources needed to achieve those goals.
Please note, although this is a workshop, you won’t be asked to share personal or financial details with the workshop leader or other participants.
Workshops are available free of charge for all Ontario producers, as well as farm families and farm management teams.
Maximize your long-term farm business success by identifying your business strengths and planning needs in:
•financial management;
•social responsibility;
•business structure;
•human resources;
•succession planning; and
•business strategy
Contact the OSCIA for workshop details by visiting its website at ontariosoilcrop.org
A “Growing Your Farm Profits” workshop is being planned for this winter in Rainy River District.
If you are interested in attending, contact the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs office in Emo at 482-1921.