The importance of having a marketing plan

By Gary Smart

Farm Management Specialist, Manitoba Agriculture

If you want to maintain a profitable farm business, developing and evaluating a marketing plan is essential.

Having a solid marketing plan in place will help you make sound decisions that minimize risk and improve your returns.  A successful plan needs to be assessed on an individual farm basis, as every farm has different financial needs and what returns are required for it to be profitable.

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Beef Bits - May 26

By Anja van de Langemheen

Club Reporter

Rapid City 4-H Beef Club had a monthly meeting on May 10. May 15 was clinic day and after location changes, the club held it at Alan Horner's pasture corrals. All members brought at least one animal to work with, and showmanship and judging classes were done. Everyone did really well, and had a fun time. The weather was beautiful! The day ended with a delicious potluck meal.

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Seeing the difference first hand

By Sheila Runions

Banner Staff

Ray Baloun began working in grain elevators in Winnipeg three decades ago and for the last 10 years has been the grain buyer at Viterra north of Forrest. Since 2008 he has been the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) member on the World Relief Canada board. He has been fundraising for CFGB since his capital city days in the 1980s but says he, “Really ramped up the fundraising when we developed Kernels of Hope through the Evangelical Covenant Church of Canada in 2005. I call myself the connector — I get real farmers across the Prairies to grow small fields from five to 50 acres and I get donors from across the country to provide funds to pay for the crop expenses of the real farmers.

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Ragweed ramblings

By Sid Lewis

Submitted article

With the warm weather upon us now, dandelions are making their presence known on both lawns and fields. As I have said in other years, dandelion control this time of year is for cosmetic use only and top growth control is the only type of control a person will see at the present time. The “cosmetic ban” is still in effect for lawns and a healthy fine can result if a Manitoba  Conservation rep catches the homeowner spraying with one of the conventional products we have used for years. At the time of typing this column (Monday, May 9) I understand only one person is hired to police the entire province, cities and towns and farmyards, so........ Plus the products they allow the homeowner to use are very expensive and in my perspective, do not work!

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Compost: the key to gardening success


Submitted photo. Without the alchemy of compost, your garden would languish in an inert soup of tired medium.

Submitted by Mark Cullen

The Neepawa Banner

You have a dream of an amazing garden. Perhaps, in your mind’s eye, you can see plants loaded with colour galore, others hanging with fruit and vegetables in abundance. You see songbirds, butterflies and hummingbirds calling in to your place, choosing it as their home this summer.

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