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Employee Training Supports for Agri-Businesses

Article In response to COVID-19, the Agriculture Training Support Program helps employers in the food supply chain provide necessary training to new domestic employees.

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Recruitment and Retention Practices used in Primary Agriculture

CAHRC representatives visited and interviewed a number of agricultural employers across Canada. During the visits, the CAHRC representatives asked about the strategies and/or practices that the agricultural employers were using to attract and retain workers. The representatives also talked to a sampling of workers at each location to hear about recruitment and retention practices from the worker’s perspective.

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COVID-19 How to Protect Yourself, Your Family and Your Community

Find information about COVID-19, how to protect yourself, your family and your community and what to do if you suspect you have the virus.

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Food Safety

This page covers common questions about COVID-19 and food safety.

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Promoting Wellness in the Workplace

Living with mental illness means not only making the effort to manage it personally, but finding ways to cope with how it can affect those who are in our lives. Some do not find the support they seek in the workplace and in certain cases, may even stop working due to the impact of stigma. This Workplace section aims to provide both employees and employers with the information and guidance they need to promote and support positive Mental Health in the Workplace.

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Healthy Minds, Healthy Farms

Over the past year, Farm Management Canada has been working with Wilton Consulting Group on ground-breaking research that seeks to explore the connection between Mental Health and Farm Business Management. The findings from this research reveal a positive correlation between mental health and farm business management and inform recommendations to support farm business management activities that positively influence farmer mental health as well as mental health supports that positively influence farm business management activities.

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Mental Health Resources for Your People During a Pandemic

Half of Canadians report that their mental health has worsened, according to a survey by the Angus Reid Institute, and one in 10 says it has worsened “a lot.” Almost half (44%) say they are worried, and 41% report feeling anxious. The question for business leaders: how can they support their people to stay not only productive but also mentally healthy?

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COVID-19 Challenges Push Forward Innovation and Strategy

The agriculture and food production industries continue to face their fair share of challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic pushes changes in everyday tasks to produce food. However, many are also proving that necessity is indeed the mother of invention.

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How to effectively manage your covid-19 risks

This is a time of rapid change. Drastic ad hoc actions are being made to address challenges to operations, safety, supply chains, technology, data security, communications, and cash flow management. Ad hoc strategic actions pose major risks and the evaluation of risk with each action is critical

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Pivoting your Farm Production and Marketing Plan During COVID-19

The Pivoting your Farm Production and Marketing Plan During COVID-19 webinar will provide growers with a framework for identifying their risks and making plans for their production and marketing. We will discuss how these changes can be used to help mitigate risk. Content will include using cost of production analysis to understand impacts of crop choices and opportunities for accessing alternate marketing outlets. This webinar is most applicable to small- and medium-sized farm operators.

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AgriShield® is the first Canadian platform to offer a 360° vision to assess and manage risks on the farm. This platform guides farmers through 6 families of risks that they may encounter. It also helps to leverage existing risk management tools and professional services offered to farmers. With AgriShield®, producers are be able to put an action plan in place to minimize threats and maximize opportunities for their business.

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What's Your Emergency Plan?

It’s more than COVID-19. Here’s why having an emergency plan ready for action is more important — and more achievable — than ever.

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Decision Making Process

Management is decision making, or more precisely, it is determining which alternative will most likely allow the decision makers to achieve their goals. But as this page describes, decision making is more complex than that simple description. The purpose of this page is to consider whether a person can enhance their decision making or managerial skills by thoroughly exploring how decisions are made and implemented.

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10 Steps to a solid business plan

A business plan is a key tool that can set you up for business success. It helps you focus on your goals and provides the answers you need to make your financing and loan process easier. Here are 10 things you should include as well as some resources to get started.

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Risk management basics: What every farmer needs to know

Agricultural producers make decisions in a risky environment every day. With the coronavirus pandemic currently sweeping the globe, producers are faced with decisions that could have major impacts on their farm operations. There are three primary risks associated with COVID-19 that all farmers should consider at this time. They are: Disruption of income, Impact on food and farm safety, Impact on human health.

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Managing the Agricultural Challenges Brought on by COVID-19

Hear from agriculture experts leading the charge to integrate drone technology into their fields. Expect to learn how DroneDeploy can be used to: enable eyes on the field with automated stand counts, evaluate early-season crop emergence, spot areas that need to be replanted and assess potential machinery issues.

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Canada FarmSafe Plan

Good planning can help a farm become and stay successful. Farmers develop business, marketing and environmental plans to ensure the success of their farm; so why not plan for safety?

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Smooth out decision-making with process and a plan

A fictional case study by MNP

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Pandemic (COVID-19) Tip Sheets

Follow the guidelines provided in these free tip sheets to help you with your activities during a pandemic, such as the coronavirus disease pandemic (COVID-19). Each document provides health and safety advice and best practices, for employers and workers, specific to each industry or sector.

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COVID-19 and Food Security

How is the pandemic affecting food systems, food security, and agricultural livelihoods? What role if any do animals play in transmitting the disease? These questions and more are covered in these answers to frequently asked questions, which are being updated as new information and analysis becomes available.

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Attract and keep the best employees

A typical retention strategy might include a series of perks and benefits – everything from profit-sharing to bonuses to vacation and housing incentives – but that’s often not enough to keep top talent, says Winnipeg-based HR consultant Michelle Painchaud, president of Painchaud Performance Group.

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Leading through uncertainty

How do we effectively lead when there’s no playbook for what we’re experiencing? Psychologist and leadership expert Dr. Georges Sabongui offers insight to help you navigate leadership during a pandemic.

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How advisors add value to your farm management plan

Experts in various fields can help farmers better understand the nuances of farm management. Consulting with one or more farm advisors in aspects ranging from farm transition to animal care gives farmers focused advice from specialists.

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COVID-19 Safety Plan

Employers are required to develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan that outlines the policies, guidelines, and procedures they have put in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. This tool will guide you through a six-step process to help you create your plan. The tool is provided as a fillable PDF you can download and save with the details of the plan for your workplace.

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Preparing your farm for agriculture technology

There are considerable benefits to using ag tech, but advantages come from asking questions, coming up with a plan for the farm and understanding how agricultural technology can empower a farm’s unique needs.

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List of Canadian Crisis Centres

A list of crisis centres across Canada

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List of Mental Health Resources

A list of mental health resources, crisis lines and websites across Canada

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The Working Mind Program

The Working Mind (TWM) is an evidence-based program designed to promote mental health and reduce the stigma around mental illness in the workplace.

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Workplace Mental Health

This Workplace section aims to provide both employees and employers with the information and guidance they need to promote and support positive Mental Health in the Workplace.

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Managing your business during COVID-19

A list of resources for managing your farm business from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Resources on COVID-19

CFA has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation as it relates to Canadian Agriculture. We will be providing our members with weekly updates on the virus as information emerges. Please check this page regularly for resources on the virus.

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Information and Tips on COVID-19

Information and Tips on COVID-19 from the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council

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Online Farm Safety Training

Online farm safety taining resources from the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association

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10 ways to connect people in your workplace

A common theme emerged across our group of Finalists this year: the importance of connecting people in the workplace. We know from our recent exploration of the employee engagement gap that making connections to people, purpose, work, and culture are important to creating engaged employees and happy workplaces.

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Guidance for the Manitoba Food Processing Sector

Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development (ARD) is aware of the concerns and challenges our food industry is facing to continue delivering a critical service to Manitobans for uninterrupted access to safe food.

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Tapping into the Local Labour Force During COVID-19

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) has once again partnered with the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) to host a webinar focused on human resource (HR) management during this pandemic, more specifically, the tools and resources to tap into the local labour force.

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Workplace Safety & Prevention Services Guidance on Health and Safety for Agricultural Supervisors During COVID-19

This document proposes a set of resources, tips and best practices to help employers and employees prevent the spread of COVID-19 and work together to reopen the province.

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Animal Health Emergency Management Project

Enhancing Emergency Management in Canada’s Livestock Industry With consistent disease information, training opportunities, quality resource development, and collaboratively defined protocols, the AHEM project is helping to protect industry livelihood.

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Farm & Food Care

Farm & Food Care brings farmers, agricultural professionals, related businesses, government organizations and other groups together with a mandate to provide credible information on food and farming.

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BDC - 8 steps for planning your emergency and disaster plan

Whether it's a natural disaster such as an ice storm, or a serious accident in an industrial plant, an unforeseen event can disrupt business operations at any company. After all, in an emergency situation, your employees may not be able to come to work. Your suppliers may face a shortage of the materials you need to continue your business activities, or demand for your services may simply decline

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BDC Business continuity plan and templates for entrepreneurs

While some companies have developed contingency plans, most have not. This lack of preparedness not only threatens the viability of sectors in Canada but, as in the case of manufacturing, it also jeopardizes the delivery of critical goods that depend on complex supply chain systems. Creating and maintaining a business continuity plan helps ensure that your business has the resources and information needed to deal with an emergency. A well designed plan will help you minimize the risk that an emergency poses to your employees, clients and suppliers, the continuity of your business operations and your bottom line.

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Crisis Management Tools

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and farm businesses work to navigate these unprecedented times, the topic of farm business and contingency planning is increasingly on the minds of farmers. Through OFA’s partnership with Farm Life, we are providing resources for farm businesses offering tips, checklists and tools to help navigate this process.

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Province of Alberta Emergency Preparedness Resources

Learn how you and your family can prepare yourselves for an emergency or disaster.

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Ontario Pork On-Farm Emergency Response Planning Guide

This manual encourages farmers to take a critical look at their agricultural operation and assess potential risks. It will guide you through creating an individualized emergency response plan for your farm

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FEX Family Enterprise Advisor (FEA) Directory

Looking for a professional advisor who understands your world? Select from our database of certified Family Enterprise Advisors (FEAs) who are trained and designated to understand the unique challenges of a family business.

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CFIA Animal Biosecurity

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) develops national biosecurity standards, protocols and strategies designed to protect animal resources in collaboration with producer organizations, provincial/territorial governments, and academia.

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