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…

It’s Going to Get a Little Bumpy – How to navigate the next 36 months of lower prices and high costs. Part 1 – The Causes

“Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked” – Warren Buffett   If you have heard the phrase “the new norm” then this blog is for you. I have been hearing this phrase about commodity prices for…

You’re Not Rich – Why the next generation of farms may not live like the last one.

I hate basketball. In fact, if it comes on Sportscenter I won’t even watch the highlights before changing the channel. But I do love Shaquille O’Neal; not for what he has done on the court but for the soundbites and philanthropy he has done…

A Place We Have Never Been – Do Farms Have to Look Outside Family for Legacy?

What happens to the family farm when the lineage stops?   Sale is the easy answer, but I would rather push a different narrative. In an environment where land values continue to outrun the stock market, and are an inflationary hedge…