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July 2018 Why more farmers are going digital
Darcy Herauf of Odessa, Sask., has a good memory for inputs. But he was glad to have electronic production records backing him up over the past year, when he sold some canola and flax to buyers who wanted very specific crop protection details.
“It was easy because I had electronic records," Herauf says. "I had everything on my app and I wasn’t concerned whatsoever about being able to provide the information the buyers wanted.”
July 2018 Should you choose fixed or variable rates?
Interest rates in Canada are on the rise for the first time in seven years. The Bank of Canadaincreased its key interest rate by 25 basis points in January 2018, and two times previously by 25 basis points (in July and September of 2017), resulting in a 1.25% rate. The upward trajectory has producers wondering whether it’s time to lock in a fixed rate on at least some of their loans.
Even if the Bank of Canada continues with some small rate increases, producers shouldn’t view it as something to be alarmed over, Gervais says. The increase to 1.25% only brought rates back to where they were in 2015 before being adjusted downwards to help the economy adjust to the slowdown in the oil and energy sector.
What's your comfort level?
“Nobody knows where interest rates are going to be in a couple of years,” Gervais says. “Some people will decide they don’t want to worry about interest rates on top of production risk, price risk and the other worries they face, and will lock in their rates for five years. Others will reduce their risk by taking a fixed rate on their next loan. It all comes down to what producers are comfortable with.”
July 2018 What’s essential for great meetings?
Role of the facilitator, chair or leader
As Goldman sees it, the key figure in any meeting is the chair or facilitator. It’s the facilitator’s job to provide the three must-haves of any successful meeting: purpose, outcome and process. In other words, what are we here to do, what will we achieve and how will we do it?
Internal facilitation, or outside perspective?
If you’re leading a meeting – whether for a community group, producer association or family farm discussion – the success of the meeting is ultimately in your hands. Still, the meeting facilitator naturally has their own personal opinions. In Goldman’s experience, this needn’t be problematic.
The 4 biggest meeting-killers
One way to have great meetings is to know and mitigate the factors that create bad ones. Michael Goldman’s decades as a meeting facilitator and trainer have highlighted these four culprits to avoid above all.
July 2018 Dealing with Problem Employees: How do you coach a problem employee, and when and how do you let them go?
Meet and clarify expectations
Your problem employee may just need a bit of support. Meet with this employee to review the situation and clarify what you expect. Explain the ways their current actions aren’t meeting the requirement and give them some help (show them what to do, give them guides or tools to assist). Listen to the kinds of questions they have; these can give you a clue about what is going wrong.
Think administrative and motivational
From an administrative perspective, an employer wants to increase legal defensibility – ensuring their employee knows what is required of them, measuring performance fairly and accurately, documenting poor performance, providing continuous feedback and providing an opportunity to improve (including sufficient time and guidance). However, motivating the problem employee and all other employees who watch how you handle the situation is just as important.
Discuss using the STAR method
If an employee has gone through training, performance measures and peer support, but performance still isn’t appropriate, I have a discussion with them starting with the acronym STAR:
December 21st, 2018
The Future of the Food Industry: CSB-Survey for the Food & Beverage Industry 2017
The food and beverage industry is facing multifaceted challenges. Which ones are the most import? Is it the changing consumer behavior? Is it the downward pressure on prices or legal requirements? What are the major problem areas in these companies?
In 2017, CSB-System as the industry specialist for the Food and Beverage industry established for the first time a comprehensive analysis of the current state and the future of this industry. We will repeat this survey every year in order to keep abreast of ongoing changesand developments. Apart from key strategies and trends in this industry, this year we were particularly interested in the effects of IT and the status of the “digital transformation”. This is what we consider the most significant findings...
November 2, 2016
Economic Impact Study
The BC Food Processors Association (BCFPA) has released this report highlighting the significant financial impact that food and beverage processors provide to BC’s economy. The report - carried out by MNP - provides an economic impact assessment as well as an analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the BC food and beverage processing industry. Processing revenues total over $8.5 billion - over 70% of the entire Agrifoods sector, including the Agriculture and Seafood sectors. The top three industry strengths identified are access to markets (domestic, US, Asia and others), access to transportation infrastructure (road, rail, marine and air) and access to a wealth of agriculture commodities and suppliers. BC has one of the most diverse Agrifood industries in Canada, producing more than 200 agricultural commodities and 100 seafood species. This serves to provide diversity for BC’s processing industry.
Recycle your WASTE Food: Redux Nutrition Ltd. works with bakeries and food producers to collect pre-consumer food products that are no longer viable for human consumption. This material is used to create high quality feed ingredients used for the production of various animal feeds. The entire process is governed and certified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The Food Waste Hierarchy was developed by the EPA to prioritize actions companies can take to prevent & divert wasted food. Each tier focuses on different food waste recovery strategies & the top levels of the hierarchy create the most benefits for the environment, society and the economy.Redux Nutrition is looking for the following waste products:
Bakery Waste: Stales, Flour, Dough, Muffins, Cakes, Ect.
Cereal waste: Granola, Granola bars, Ingredients, Ect.
Dry pre-consumer food waste: Stale dated dry goods, Cookies, Potato chips, Pasta, Etc.
PROTECTING YOUR BRAND: Redux is currently the only CFIA approved facility and inspected process that is licensed to manufacture and sell Bakery and food waste derived feed products to the livestock and poultry industry.As a fully insured and CFIA inspected process and facility, Redux reduces liability to the customer by breaking the chain of ownership and certifying proper handling and processing of materials.Provide Certificates of Recycling so you can rest well knowing that your waste does not end up in the wrong hands.
HELPING MANAGE YOU BUSINESS BETTER: Provides customers customized by-product reports with sustainability metrics detailing the volumes of specific materials being recycled.Through WCRL, Redux has a large fleet of trucks and equipment to ensure that there is never an interruption of service.
For more information please visit www.reduxnutrition.com or call 1-855-867-3389.
April 25, 2016
SACRÉ-DAVEY ENGINEERING INC.
"Sacré-Davey Engineering Ltd would like to introduce our full service, food sector engineering team. With offices in North Vancouver and Vernon, we provide asset assessments, project management and design services in BC and around the world. We currently have 14 food sector projects on the go. As a specialty service, Sacré-Davey also has an Energy Management team. Energy Management focuses on reducing energy costs and implementing best practices. Additional benefits include cost tracking and more sustainable operations."
May 27, 2016
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