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Welcome to Impact Farming, a podcast show dedicated to helping Canadian farmers excel in the business of farming. Our goal at Impact Farming is to introduce our audience, Canadian Farmers, to the people and ideas that are going to make an impact on their farm business. Host Tracy Brunet chats with today’s most successful farm advisors and industry leaders to bring our audience the best and most important ideas. This show is designed to bring Canadian farmers impactful farm business informati ...
 
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In this week’s second episode, Tracy speaks with Dave Specht in this segment titled “Farm Boss Leadership.” Dave is the Director of the Global Family Business Institute at The Drucker School of Management and author of the book “The Farm Whisperer.” In this interview, Tracy and Dave discuss: They discuss the importance of developing ourselves as le…
 
In this week’s episode, Tracy speaks with Darci Lang about “Taking Care in Tough Times.” As part of our mental health series, Tracy chats with Darci about game-changing ideas to help farmers take care during tough times. They cover: The importance of self-care The impact of the thoughts we think The importance of how we talk to ourselves and others…
 
In this week’s episode, Tracy speaks with Louise Sanders about “How To Conquer Stress & Build Resilience.” Are you feeling stressed and looking for ways to become more resilient? In this episode, Tracy and Louise discuss: The definition of stress and why it occurs. They discuss the stressful times that we are living in and how technology has create…
 
In this week’s episode, Tracy is joined by Jason Medows, the host of the “Ag State of mind Podcast.” Jason is the creator and host of the popular Ag State of Mind Podcast. In this episode, Tracy and Jason chat about: Jason shares more about his podcast, who he interviews, and why he decided to launch this show. Podcasting is always an exciting jour…
 
In this week’s episode, Tracy speaks with Derek Dery about “5 Grain Marketing Mistakes You Can Learn From.” In their last episode together, Tracy and Derek discussed the true definition and goal of grain marketing. Keeping that idea in mind, they discuss the flip side – the grain marketing mistakes that could cost producers. In this episode, they d…
 
In this week’s episode, Tracy speaks with Darren Lang about “Staying Up in an Upside-down World.” Are you looking for tools to beat stress and feel your best? If so, this episode covers all of that and much more. In this episode, Darren, like many listening, has experienced stress and mental health firsthand. He shares his story with our audience. …
 
In this week’s episode, Tracy speaks with Kim Moffat about “Recognizing and Responding to Farmers at Risk.” If a farmer you know was struggling, would you know how to recognize and respond? This episode is a must-see for everyone in the farming community. In this episode, Tracy and Kim discuss: Kim’s twenty years of experience working on crisis and…
 
In this episode, we chat with Gerry Friesen about “Dealing With Farm Stress.” Farm stress is very real, especially in 2021, but did you know that ongoing stress dramatically affects our ability to make decisions and manage our farming operations? It’s true, and on this episode, Gerry and Tracy chat about: The challenging year that farmers are exper…
 
In this week’s episode, Tracy speaks with Adelle Stewart from Do More Ag about mental health and some of the new and exciting initiatives they have recently launched. With drought, grasshopper infestations, flooding, and ongoing pandemic uncertainty, there has never been a better time to focus and support the farming community's mental health. In t…
 
In this Expert’s Corner segment, Tracy speaks with Derek Dery about “5 Questions to Kick Start Your Grain Marketing Plan.” Today we’re discussing some key questions a producer should ask themselves to kick start their grain marketing strategy and take the guesswork out of their grain marketing decisions. In this episode, Tracy and Derek chat about:…
 
In today’s episode, Tracy speaks to Andrea De Groot and Joel Bokenfohr about “Sweat Equity on The Farm.” Are you part of a family farm and unsure how to handle sweat equity on your operation? If so, you will not want to miss this episode where Tracy, Andrea, and Joel chat about: What sweat equity is and why it comes into play on family farm operati…
 
We are celebrating The Impact Farming Show's 3rd Anniversary. To celebrate, we are counting down and rebroadcasting the TOP 5 episodes from season 3. This week we are excited to bring you our #1 highest listened to and watched episode, which was “Farm Transition Part #1: Succession Planning" w/Merle Good and Annessa Good Originally aired on May 12,…
 
We are celebrating The Impact Farming Show's 3rd Anniversary. To celebrate, we are counting down and rebroadcasting the TOP 5 episodes from season 3. This week we are excited to bring you the 2nd highest listened to and watched episode, which was “Strategic Planning 101” w/Josée Lemoine. This episode was originally aired on January 6, 2021. With so…
 
We are celebrating The Impact Farming Show's 3rd Anniversary. To celebrate, we are counting down and rebroadcasting the TOP 5 episodes from season 3. This week we are excited to bring you the 3rd highest listened to and watched episode, which was “I’ve Got My Foot In The Door… Now What?” w/ Patti Durand. This episode was originally aired on May 4, …
 
In this interview, Tracy and Derek discuss precisely that. They discuss: What is a grain marketing advisor, and what do they do? Where do they fit into the bigger picture of the grain marketing cycle? Why do producers hire a marketing advisor? Derek’s answers may surprise you, as increased crop revenue is only just one of the goals that many farmer…
 
We are celebrating The Impact Farming Show's 3rd Anniversary. To celebrate, we are counting down and rebroadcasting the TOP 5 episodes from season 3. This week we are excited to bring you the 4th highest listened to and watched episode, which was “Transition & Vision For Management” w/Terry Betker. This episode was originally aired on April 21, 202…
 
We are celebrating The Impact Farming Show's 3rd Anniversary. To celebrate, we are counting down and rebroadcasting the TOP 5 episodes from season 3. This week we are excited to bring you the 5th highest listened to and watched episode, which was "Transition Planning, The Underlying Issues" w/Art Lange. This episode was originally aired on April 28…
 
In this week’s episode, Tracy speaks with Dick Wittman about “Farm HR Essentials.” Have you ever wondered what HR processes you should be incorporating on your farm? If so, today’s episode is for you. In this episode, Tracy and Dick discuss: We discuss the importance of farm business management processes including some of the most important HR prac…
 
In this episode of The Impact Farming Show, Tracy speaks with Terry Betker about “Transition Planning Forward.” As farmers, we tend to put off transition planning for many reasons. Today, we will be discussing the increased urgency for transition planning as we look forward to all the changes that we are likely to see next in the next 30 years. In …
 
In this segment of Expert’s Corner, we speak with Mark Lepp from FarmLink about “The Fundamentals of Grain Marketing.” Are you looking to maximize your revenue for the grain that you are already producing? That is precisely what Tracy and Mark speak about in this segment. In this interview, they discuss: What the true definition of grain marketing …
 
In this week’s episode, Tracy speaks with Michael Langemeier from Purdue University about “Sweat Equity” on the farm. The term sweat equity refers to a person’s contribution toward a farm family operation. Sweat equity is generally not monetary and, in most cases, comes in the form of physical labor, mental effort, and time. Sweat equity is commonl…
 
In this week’s episode, Tracy speaks with Mark Lepp about all things grain marketing in this episode titled “Redefining Grain Marketing.” The definition of grain marketing is a little muddy in the industry. Everyone seems to have their own take on it, so it was our pleasure to chat with Mark in today’s episode to take an in-depth look at all things…
 
In this week’s episode, Tracy speaks with Greg Bartley and Ian Epp about the Keep it Clean initiative. The quality and reputation of Canadian canola, cereals, and pulses are amongst the best in the world, and Canadian growers work hard to produce crops to the highest standard. As Canadian producers, we have an essential role in protecting Canada’s …
 
For this week’s episode of The Impact Farming Show, we have gone back into the episode vault to feature this second part in relation to last week's episode that Tracy and Elaine recorded on Transition Planning. It’s a perfect addition to our current transition planning series, so we wanted to re-broadcast it for our audience. Don’t miss this one… I…
 
For this week’s episode of The Impact Farming Show, we are going back into the episode vault to feature this powerful episode that Tracy and Elaine recorded on Transition Planning. It’s just perfect for our current transition planning series, so we wanted to re-broadcast it for our audience. Don’t miss this one… In this week’s episode, “Transition …
 
In this very first segment of Expert’s Corner we speak with Mark Lepp from FarmLink about “The Future of Grain Marketing.” Crop inputs and farm equipment have progressed wildly in the last 20 years, but grain marketing has stayed pretty much the same. Until now, that is… Mark Lepp joins us today to share more about how FarmLink is revolutionizing g…
 
In this week’s episode, we speak with Ken Keis about the secrets to better understanding yourself and others in this episode titled “Why Aren't You More Like Me?” Have you ever looked at a family member and wondered who are you? How are we even related? If so, this episode is for you. In our interview together, Ken and I chat about gaining self-awa…
 
In this week’s episode we are speaking with Kelly Dobson about “Building The Next Generation of Farm Leaders.” In this episode, Tracy and Kelly chat about: The idea of having a more deliberate and intentional way of mentoring and bringing the next generation into or back to the farming operation Kelly shares what the most successful farms are doing…
 
In this week’s episode, we will be speaking to Annessa Good and Merle Good about “Estate Planning,” in part two of our conversation on Farm Transition. Did you catch last week’s episode? Part two picks up where we left off last week, so we highly encourage our audience to tune into that episode first and then return here for part two of this conver…
 
In this week’s episode, we will be speaking to Annessa Good and Merle Good in the first of a two-part episode about Farm Transition. Merle is a Farm Business Management Consultant and has been working with farm families for decades. Annessa is a Farm Transition Advisor with Farm Credit Canada. We are excited to have this dynamic duo on the show thi…
 
In this week’s episode, we speak to Patti Durand about advice for the second generation in this episode titled “I’ve Got My Foot In The Door… Now What?” As a Farm Credit Canada Business Advisor for Transition, Patti works with many farm families to assist them in transferring the farm from the founders to the junior partners. In this work, they see…
 
In this week’s episode, we speak to Art Lange about “The Underlying Issues” regarding transition planning. Are you ready for some real talk about why transition fails to get started? If so, you are in the right place. More often than not, it’s not things like taxes and wills that cause the senior generation to stall and avoid the subject. It’s rare…
 
In this week’s episode, Tracy speaks with Terry Betker about “Creating A Vision For Management,” as a critical part of the transition planning process. Terry Betker is President & CEO of Backswath Management, and he has been helping farm families with transition planning for well over 20 years now. In this week’s episode, he joins Tracy on The Impa…
 
In this week’s episode, Tracy speaks to Gerry Friesen about “When Conflict Happens”. Conflicts and misunderstandings often exist in families and can be the family businesses’ greatest enemy if not handled correctly. Managing conflict is key to the survival of the business and family harmony. In this episode, Tracy and Gerry speak about: What confli…
 
In this week’s episode, we are re-broadcasting a special show in which Tracy sits down with both Brent VanParys and Elaine Froese to discuss the tough questions on Farm Transitions. In this episode, Tracy asks Brent and Elaine some of the toughest questions on farm transition: Who gets the Farm? What are farm participation policies? Are you actuall…
 
In this week’s episode, Tracy speaks to Brent VanParys about “How To Transition Plan”. As farmers, we all know that we should have a transition plan in place; however, once we move past our fears and concerns for the majority, it’s still unclear how to proceed. So, how exactly does a farm family start, create, and implement a transition plan? If yo…
 
In this week’s episode, Tracy speaks to Elaine Froese about “The Role of a Farm Family Coach”. Have you ever heard the term coach and wonder just what exactly the benefits of hiring a coach are? If so, this episode is for you. Elaine Froese is known as “Canada’s Farm Whisper” and has worked as a farm family coach for decades. In today’s episode, Tr…
 
In this week’s episode, we are recalling episode 54. Tracy sits down with Elaine Froese to discuss "Finding Fairness in Farm Transition". Elaine states how farm transitions needs to be a change in our language and our mindset. She relates the transition to a tsunami as there is procrastination, conflict and avoidance. Most often these conversations…
 
In this week’s episode, Tracy speaks to Tom Field, Professor at The University Nebraska-Lincoln, about a paradigm-shifting concept called “Re-Imagine Going Back to The Farm”. Have you heard of the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program? It is an innovative program at UNL that teaches agriculture students entrepreneurial skills and mindset. Th…
 
In this week’s episode, we speak to Michael Langemeier, Purdue University Professor, about the “Feasibility of Going Back to The Farm”. In business, it is a commonplace activity to perform a feasibility study before buying or expanding a business to allow a family member to join. In today's interview, we discuss exactly that. While there are many r…
 
In this week’s episode, we speak to Elaine Froese, Farm Family Coach, about “Family Roles on The Farm”. To be successful in a family business, defining each family member's roles and responsibilities is crucial in creating a culture of professionalism, personal responsibility, and accountability. While the principle is clear, the practice is someti…
 
In this week’s episode, Tracy speaks with three great guests about their upcoming virtual seminar titled “Managing Through The Storm”. Seminar Overview Managing the family business, as well as the family and business relationships can feel like navigating through a storm. If this describes how you feel at times, you’re not alone. Are you experienci…
 
In this week’s episode, we are joined once again by Heather Watson from Farm Management Canada to chat about their “Farm Transition Appreciation Day” and initiative recently launched. January 12, 2021, marked the inaugural Farm Transition Appreciation Day, which invites farmers to celebrate farm transition planning and take action. The goal of the …
 
In this week’s episode, Tracy speaks with Heather Watson from Farm Management Canada about their excellent new online tool called the “Farm Transition Guide”. Is transition planning on the horizon for your farm, but you are not sure where to start? Farm Management has you covered with their new website dedicated 100% to all things farm transition p…
 
In this week’s episode, Tracy speaks with Justin Chaput in this episode titled “What Your Accountant Wants You To Know”. When you are about to make that next big business decision on the farm, are you often left wondering whose advice you should seek? Your accountant should be your first point of call. While many people often underutilize their acc…
 
Bookkeeping is essential for helping you maintain accurate financial records. Yet still, many farm businesses fail to implement this necessary process. Besides the fact you are required under law to maintain accurate books and records, doing so will save you frustration later on. In fact, “poor accounting” is one of the top reasons businesses fail.…
 
“If you do not know where you are going, any road will take you there.” This quote is a great way to lead into today's episode about strategic planning for the farm. Are you familiar with the term strategic planning? Are you wondering what it is all about? Or maybe you are new to the term, and you are currently looking to improve the operational ef…
 
In this week’s episode, we will be broadcasting a special feature in place of our regular weekly episode. We look forward to bringing you another year of Impact Farming Show episodes starting on Wednesday, January 6th. This past fall, Tracy was honored to moderate a panel for the North American Ag Roundtable. This panel was focused on the people of…
 
There are several types of planning in farm business management, and many of these planning processes are well known. They are production planning, financial planning, tax planning, estate planning, transition planning, etc. This week, Tracy speaks with Tom about a critical planning process that does not receive enough attention when it comes to se…
 
We all know that farmers are masters of getting sh!t done; however, energy management is key to sustaining what we do as farmers, and we wanted to bring Michelle on to speak about some of her key takeaways from this book. Here is a highlight from the book’s preface: In The Success-Energy Equation, she shows you how, by using the wisdom of science a…
 
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