The Unwritten Rule – Why is it a sin to move on in agriculture?

Selling the farm was the hardest thing I have had to do.    Notice I did not say the worst, I said the hardest.    I grew up immersed in agriculture. The smell of the dirt, the first time driving the pickup on the gravel…

Managing your Farm Business – Evan Shout Chats with FCC

In this three-video series, Evan Shout, lead coach at Farmer Coach and President of Maverick Ag Ltd, provides business management tips and tricks to help take your operation to the next level.  

What is your unique ability as a farm – Can primary producers differentiate from their neighbours?

Unique Ability – The set of natural talents you’re already amazing at, that give you energy, and that you love doing.   I have an interesting concept for you: How do you look at the farm across the gravel road from you? Are they…

JOMO – In agriculture, we need to be comfortable with “not” being everything to everyone.

“I feel like I was shot out of a cannon”   This is how I felt leaving Toronto after my last Strategic Coach session. Not only did I start out with the late flight, but yet again they pushed me back two hours so that I would get…

The Wrong Advice – Why We, as Farmers, Need to Question the Experts

The Dunning-Kruger Effect – A type of cognitive bias, where people with little expertise or ability assume they have superior expertise or ability. This overestimation occurs as a result of the fact that they don’t have enough knowledge…

Goals Without Accountability are Just Dreams – Why most business plans fail

Sometimes I feel like we are running in circles.   When I came back to public accounting in 2014, it was clear that primary producer agriculture was an industry that wasn’t keeping up with the times. Case and point, the largest…

A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed – Are business relationships in agriculture hanging by a thread?

This will age me, but I remember a time before caller ID. It was a beautiful time, when people had to answer the phone out of curiosity, and they were much nicer in case it was their boss on the other end of the line. I miss those days.    I…

The Knowledge Gap – Is agriculture entering a cycle of limited free thinkers?

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn” – Benjamin Franklin   I would like to take credit for the above-noted quote, but for that, I owe Lance Woodbury (one of my facilitators at TEPAP). He…

A Case Study in Agriculture – A history of why we fight growth on the farm.

My name is Evan, and I never listened to AM radio. There, feels good to get that out there to start a new year fresh. Now that I have alienated the older demographic of readers, and the younger demographic are just now realizing that there is…

Too Much of a Good Thing – Is land the problem or driving force of the industry today?

“Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most” – Ozzy Osbourne   It is a special day when I get to use an Ozzy quote in any of my blogs! It is fitting as we discuss land prices and the fact that Western Canadian farmers…

Farmer Coach – A backwards perspective on what I have learned over the past year.

From the moment I started working with Kristjan, it has been about predicting the unpredictable. I often joke about never knowing “what I want to be when I grow up”. The sheer number of opportunities and possibilities that present themselves…

It’s Going to Get a Little Bumpy – How to navigate the next 36 months of lower prices and high costs. Part 2 – The Solutions

Sticking your head in the sand is not a solution, but all too often I have seen this as a reaction to navigating hard times. In fairness, it has been close to thirty years since the last significant primary producer downturn, so most farmers…