Business Side

Business side: A great farm employer

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M.) WHAT MAKES A GOOD FARM EMPLOYER? (H.W.) It doesn’t matter what type of business you are hiring employees for, a good employer provides clarity. On the farm, I recommend employers focus on clarity of [Read more]

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Business side: Retaining employees

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M.) THE WORKPLACE SAFETY AND INSURANCE BOARD (WSIB) HAS MADE CHANGES TO THE EMPLOYER PREMIUM RATES. HOW WILL THE CHANGES AFFECT ONTARIO GRAIN FARMERS? (S.B) Farmers and farm employers are among the 300,000 businesses in [Read more]

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Business side: Retaining farm employees

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M.) MANY FARMERS ARE ALSO EMPLOYERS, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES OF HIRING FARM WORKERS? (H.W.) Farming is unique in many ways. Typically, farmers don’t get involved in farming to become farm employers or [Read more]

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Business side: Farmland protection

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M.) FARMLAND LOSS IS A SERIOUS ISSUE. TELL ME ABOUT ONTARIO FARMLAND TRUST AND YOUR ORGANIZATION’S PURPOSE. (K.E.) Ontario Farmland Trust (OFT) works with farmers to protect farmland forever. According to the 2016 census, Ontario [Read more]

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Business side: Life insurance

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M) WHY IS LIFE INSURANCE IMPORTANT? (C.A.) Life insurance can be hard to discuss, but it’s imperative to protecting the financial security of your family and farm business by providing a tax-free lump sum benefit [Read more]

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Business side: Business opportunities

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M.) THERE ARE A LOT OF FARM BUSINESS PROGRAMS, GRANTS, AND WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE. HOW CAN FARMERS TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF THESE? (M.M.) Many funding and grant program applications like Growing Forward 2 (GF2) require workshop [Read more]

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Business side: Insuring the business

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M.) INSURANCE IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF RISK MANAGEMENT AND PROTECTING THE FARM BUSINESS. WHAT ARE SOME TYPES OF BUSINESS RELATED INSURANCE COVERAGE FARMERS SHOULD CONSIDER IN ADDITION TO TRADITIONAL FARM POLICIES? (L.N.) Farmers need [Read more]

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Business side: On-farm fire prevention

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M.) WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE ONTARIO FARMERS TO MANAGE THE RISK OF FIRE? (J.Z.) There are four main contributors or (causes) to on-farm fires — faulty electrical/mechanical equipment, heating equipment, misuse of ignition sources, [Read more]