Succession planning can be the most challenging part of running your farm business because it requires open communication and long term thinking. To help you start on your succesion path, AMI has created a Choose Your Own Farm Succession planning tool. Click the icon below to learn more:
Not ready to put your plan to paper just yet? Click the booklet cover (below) to read stories of other farm famililes going through the farm transition process.
Choose Your Own
TRANSFERRING A FARM
FarmLink.net - "FarmLINK's MatchMaker tool brings together new farmers who are looking for land or mentorship with farm owners who have land available or expertise to share. Click on one of the images above to access the MatchMaker tool and check out our helpful resources.
STARTING A SUCCESSION PLAN
Choose Your Own Farm Succession - A NEW online Succession Planning Tool for farmers! Developed by AMI in partnership with The BDO SuccessCare Program, this step-by-step guide will walk you through a succession plan tailored specifically to your family succession scenario.
Farm succession Do's and dont's - a short article walking you through the main do's and don'ts of succession planning.
Online survey: where are you in the planning process? - A questionnaire which provides a benchmark of where the business is now in terms of its day-to-day management and succession planning activities.
TRANSITION HOW TO'S
Will we ever get succession planning right? - An article from Realagriculture.com.
Farm Succession Planning Steps and Checklist - An info sheet from OMAFRA.
Components of a Succession plan - Here you will find factsheets and a planning guide with farm succession information as well as a business information bundle for new farmers.
GET INVOLVED: PROGRAMS AND TRAINING
FCC Learning Events - Keep up to date with FCC learning events you can attend here.
RESOURCES FOR LEARNING MORE
Allen Trust and Estates Blog - Take the mystery out of tough topics in transition planning by reading this blog.
New Entrant tools
CONNECT WITH AN ORGANISATION IN YOUR REGION
Interested in opportunities for new farmers in your area? Click below to be taken to FarmON Alliance and find out who to connect with in your area to get started.
FarmON Alliance is a coordinated alliance of organizations across Ontario with core mandates to support new and re-strategizing farmers.
ONTARIO WIDE PROGRAMS
STEP UP is an on-farm mentorship program for those interested in learning Farm Business Management Skills in a hands-on setting.
4-H Ontario Sen$e Conferences are designed for youth aged 19-25 to help develop knowledge of all aspects of a farming operation, with a focus on management decisions that effect a farm business’s bottom line.
Junior Farmers works at the local level to connect you with other farmers aged 15-29 to put together programs and resources to help beginning farmers get a successful start.
AgPal is a search engine that connects you with the federal, provincial and territorial programs and services that apply to you.
TRAINING FOR A CAREER IN AGRICULTURE AND AGRIFOOD
Institute of Food Processing Technology IFPT opened its doors in September 2011 with small classrooms, mechanical shops, laboratory settings, and a pilot plant with different processing lines that help maximize the learning experience for its students and to develop the highly skilled workers required by the industry.
AgriPedia - Interested to see what careers there are in agriculture? Click here for a comprehensive list of job titles.
TOOLS FOR STARTING A FARM
FarmOn.com is an online forum that uses social media to show you how to plan and meet other new entrants. Based in Alberta, this forum offers up to date videos, chat forums, articles, webinars and more, to help you get on the right track in your business.
Options for starting a farm - A link to resources to help you start a cooperative.
Financing options - A link to resources listed on the AAFC website.
Starting a farm in ontario - Publication 61, available for $15 through the OMAFRA website.
Organic farming - Factsheets and info sheets from OMAFRA.
OMAFRA Business Bundle on starting a farm
Generation Ag from FCC - Articles and resources that FCC has to help new farmers get going on their business.
Farm Organizer - provides a simple yet comprehensive way to understand all your farm business activities. This will help you identify, capture and organize all the information required for these activities. You will be then be able to create an up-to-date business plan or other types of documents at any time.
Beginning and Young Farmers - articles from Farm Management Canada
Resources for SMEs from the Federal Government
Starting a business -
Value Added videos from OMAFRA
Local Food Market videos from OMAFRA
Information on selling directly to consumers from OMAFRA