How Young Farmers Can Make Great Choices in Their 20’s

When you’re in your 20s your challenge is to become independent from your parents. Part of what a young farmer really wants is to have a voice and make decisions, and to be respected for his or her opinion.

So, if you’re a young farmer and you identify with the above, this video is for you!

Also, remember to check out Elaine Froese‘s webinar “How to Make Better Family Farm Decisions“.

And if you want some farm management tools and templates check outWittman Consulting.

The 4 Stages of Changes for Farm Families

Farmers often believe that by working hard, things will be OK. But life is not a straight line, and working harder and harder doesn’t mean things will always work out. So, what should you do?

Elaine Froese has taken the Hudson Institute‘s cycle of renewal modeland applied it to the lives of farm families.  Take a look at where you’re at in these 4 Stages of Change, in both your personal and farm business life.
The 4 Stages of Change Applied to Farm Families


The 5 C’s of Credit

One of the key things that happens in a farm business is that we have to ask for help in terms of financing our ideas. An essential aspect of this is that when you go to people asking for money, you must realize that by giving you money they are assuming a risk. Therefore, it is essential to be able to put yourself in the position of the person you are asking for help from, and try and get their perspective on how they make decisions.

Diane Szumlas explains that in order to put yourself in the position of the lender, you must understand the 5 C’s of Credit: character, capacity to repay the loan, colalteral, capital and conditions affecting your farm business.



Overview of the Five C’s of Credit 
















Using Life Insurance to Create Fairness in Farm Succession

You can use life insurance to deal with farm succession. One of the main things that insurance agents see is a farmer who is asset rich but cash poor. This scenario can create problems for farm succession, however, life insurance can step in and help create fairness in farm families and cash for the parties involved.

Here’s a great example to show how life insurance can help with farm succession. A farmer has one son and two daughters. In this particular case, the son wants to farm but the daughters have no interest in farming. How should the farmer plan succession of the farm so that the outcome is fair to everyone? One answer is through life insurance. The son can take over the farm and receive the benefits from the takeover, and the daughters can receive the benefit of the life insurance policy. This makes things very simple, and ensures that everyone is treated fairly in the succession of the farm business.

Watch Derrick Peterson explain this and a lot more in this highly informative video!

This workshop was funded in part by the Agriculture & Food Council of Alberta

For further resources on life insurance and farm insurance please refer to the links below:

Life Insurance: An Estate Planning Tool

Guide to Farm Insurance


Life Insurance: Who Should Pay the Premiums in Your Farm Family?

Derrick Peterson talks about who, in your farm family, should be paying the insurance premiums for life insurance.

Sometimes it makes sense that whoever is receiving the benefits of an insurance policy is the one that actually pays for the policy. So, in a scenario where the son is receiving the farm, then he would also be the one to pay the insurance premiums. When the son is very young it will certainly be Mom and Dad’s responsibility. However, once the young farmer hits around 30 years old, then often he would be in a position to start paying the insurance premiums.

This workshop was funded in part by the Agriculture & Food Council of Alberta


When is the Right Time for a Farmer to get Life Insurance?

Derrick Peterson talks about when is a good time for farmers to invest in a life insurance policy.

Trying to get life insurance in your 60s is a lot more difficult than getting it in your 30s. This is particularly so because health issues start to come into play as we age. Most farm accidents happen when people are younger, so it’s best to get insurance as soon as you can pay for it.

Once you buy life insurance and continue to pay the premiums, it’s yours for life. So, even if when you’re older and have a health issue, you already have the life insurance and no one can take that away from you. Therefore, in terms of planning, it’s prudent to take advantage of the health scenario you’re in as a young farmer.

This workshop was funded in part by the Agriculture & Food Council of Alberta

When is the right time for a farmer to get life insurance?


3 Types of Insurance Policies that can Benefit Your Farm Business

Did you know that there are different types of insurance policies that could benefit your farm business? Similar to there being a variety of different ways you can enjoy the benefit of a home, there are a variety of different ways you can enjoy the benefit of an insurance policy.

Using a house as an example, here’s 3 different types of insurance policies:

1. Rent: You can rent a home and pay money to a landlord. This arrangement works great when you don’t have the money to buy, but remember the landlord can always decide to raise the rent! Similarly, there’s insurance products like this where you rent the policy.

2. Rent to own: In some situations, it’s even possible to put the rent you pay to the landlord towards buying the home you’re renting. Again, there’s insurance poliies that work like this, where in the end, you own the policy.

3. Buy: you can outright buy a home. With an insurance policy, if you buy, it’s yours forever.

To learn more, watch Derrick Peterson explains different types of insurance policies for your farm business.

This workshop was funded in part by the Agriculture & Food Council of Alberta


What to Look for in a Feedlot

Building a relationship with the right feedlot can make a huge difference to the profitability of your cattle operation.



Q&A Producing for a Feedlot 

Why Own a Scale?

Brenda Schoepp explains the importance of owning your own scale for marketing your cattle.



Weaning Calves

In this video Brenda Schoepp gives strategies to successfully wean your calves.

To reduce the amount of stress on the cattle during the weaning process, pre-expose the cattle to the area that they will be weaned. Make sure there is enough space for the cattle and place a surrogate such as dry cows or lead steers into the pen so the calves have a sense of security. Make sure all  movements are slow and quiet to reduce stress on cattle.



Q&A Why Wean for 30 days