Two Ontario farmers have won a national competition to attend management training offered by Farm Management Canada.
They are Peter Jennen of Thamesville and Scott Thom of Denfield and they have won Robert L. Ross Memorial Scholarships, allowing them to attend the CTEAM program.
CTEAM stands for Canadian Total Excellence in Agricultural Management, and is managed by Agri-food Management Excellence (AME).
During the program, farmers learn detailed financial, marketing and human relations management skills, using their own operation as a case study.
The award was created as a memorial to Robert (Rob) Ross who was instrumental in guiding the CTEAM program. He died of cancer in March, 2014.
Peter Jennen, along with his wife and three children, farm over 700 acres near Thamesville, Ont.
They operate a diversified farm, cultivating a variety of crops (including processing tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, corn and soybeans) while managing an on-farm retail market.
The farm employs 15 people during the busy season.
The family has received an award for the installation of high tunnels over their strawberry plants to extend the growing season.
By taking CTEAM, Peter hopes to gain the skills and knowledge to better deal with issues and opportunities in markets, products marketing plans, risk management and relationships.
Thom farms with his wife and they have four young children in Denfield.
Scott started as a city kid, with an interest in farming from a very young age.
He began farming modestly, initially raising 300 pigs on straw in an old rented barn.
He built a new state-of-the-art barn in the fall of 2015.
Scott has purchased another farm and now has over 13,000 pigs on liquid feed.
Scott wants to attend CTEAM so that he can learn to better understand his financial position and prepare to hire help on the farm, and use that knowledge to build a plan and foundation for the future of his operation.