March Conference 2022

March Conference 2022
After a two-year hiatus due to the Pandemic, JFAO (Junior Farmers Association of Ontario) was officially on the Road Again on March 25-27 in Peterborough! Starting off with the Annual General Meeting on Friday March 25th, a new executive for the 2022-2023 Junior Farmers Year was elected in. This was followed by an exciting day on Saturday, touring local farms, including the Ontario Water Buffalo Farm, Maizing Acres Inc., Asphodel Sheep Company, as well as local sights in Campbellford. The day finished with the Awards Banquet, highlighting Middlesex JF as Ag Club of the Year and Huron Perth JF as Club of the Year. Sunday morning, members were treated with a guest speaker, Positively Sue. JFAO is an organization led by youth, for youth, ages 15-29 across the province of Ontario. Looking forward to more in-person events for 2022, March Conference was definitely a great kick-off to a fantastic new year!

Governance for Rural Leaders

Governance for Rural Leaders Program

Governance Solutions and JFAO Present Rural Leadership Program

The Governance for Rural Leaders Program builds your leadership skills with the governance essentials
every rural board member, aspiring board member, and executive should know.

Make a Difference in your Community

Being a leader in a rural community can be challenging: That’s why Governance Solutions designed this
certificate program in governance essentials.

Regardless of the size of your agricultural business, organization, or board, The Governance for Rural
Leaders program develops corporate governance expertise by ensuring that rural leaders have the skills,
knowledge, attitude, and capabilities to get the most out of the time and effort they invest in controlling
and directing their organization.

Necessary for Junior Board Members:

Are you 100% prepared to face the challenges your new responsibilities may throw at you? Expand your skill set and find the confidence to fully occupy your seat at the boardroom table.

Important for those Seeking a Board Position:

A deep understanding of rural governance is a great asset, and may boards now expect governance certification from their applicants.
Be ready for your next opportunity by completing the program now.

Be More Effective!

This comprehensive program gives you:

  • The skills and competence needed to fulfill your role as a leader.
  • A comprehensive understanding of governance and how it operates within your business, sector, and organizational
  • Practical working knowledge of business finance including the tools and know-how to use financial information
    strategically at the board level.
  • Deep awareness of how you can add value in the boardroom.

Structure and Details

Earn your Certificate in Governance for Rural Leaders online, at your own pace: as fast or slow as you want, but always at the speed your organization needs!

  • This program includes 8 self-paced levels and a final exam.
  • Each self-paced level includes instructional videos, reading material, and a quiz to show you’ve mastered
    the content. You’ll be given full access to this module’s materials from day one, with total freedom to review
    the content and complete the quiz at your own pace.
  • After completing all 8 modules you will receive a Governance for Rural Leaders Certificate.

Expectations are extremely high for any board member. Meeting and exceeding them starts
with fully understanding your fundamental role and the skills required to effectively keep your
organization on track.

From the board’s role in strategic planning to the importance of director independence and term
limits, you will learn how to help your board keep things on track and build strong governance

Gain a deeper understanding of your role and what it takes to lead. From best practices for board
chairs to the do’s and don’ts of committee effectiveness, you’ll learn how to lead more effectively
and create strong governance protocols to guide you.

Even the best governance structures can falter if the boardroom culture is unhealthy. Understand
how to eliminate dysfunction in the boardroom and foster a constructive, engaged board dynamic
that leads to healthy relationships, better decisions, and enhanced growth.

Gain a deeper understanding of your role and what it takes to lead. From best practices for board
chairs to the do’s and don’ts of committee effectiveness, you’ll learn how to lead more effectively
and create strong governance protocols to guide you.

Even the best governance structures can falter if the boardroom culture is unhealthy. People are
your organization’s most important asset, and you will be focusing on getting the right people on
the right things. From the key elements of board orientation, renewal and succession to external
communications and corporate social responsibility, you’ll learn to bring out the best in your

Boards play a critical role in risk oversight, so it’s essential to define exactly what risk is – and what
it isn’t. You’ll learn how risk is linked to organizational strategy, what SWOT is and how it can make
your life easier, and how to optimize risk.

Whether you have a CEO, General Manager or Executive Director, a strong board relationship
with your most-senior manager is essential to good governance. You’ll learn how to optimize that
relationship through effective succession, evaluation, and delegation.

Professional Director

Governance Solutions is providing rural leaders with an opportunity to build their leadership skills and understand the essentials associated with being a rural board member. This certificate program consists of 8 levels including governance essentials, financial oversight, and much more! This program can be completed online at your own pace and finishes with a Governance for Rural Leaders Certificate!

There are currently a few remaining spots available in which Junior Farmer members can apply to be subsidized for a completing a module. Do not miss out of your opportunity to take part in this program!

For more information please see program outline. (PDF, 1.5MB)

OYFF Virtual Program for 2020

OYFF group photo

Ontario Young Farmers Forum moves to a virtual program for 2020

[Guleph, Ontario] – The Junior Farmer’s Association of Ontario (JFAO) is excited to announce the session topics for the 2020 Ontario Young Farmers Forum (OYFF). The annual event will be held as a virtual event in 2020 and will consist of four sessions held during the month of November.

“Our committee has put together a well-rounded schedule that will offer something for everyone,” said Elizabeth Bruce, president of JFAO. “The individual sessions have been structured to provide attendees the opportunity to learn about an important industry topic, hear from an innovative Canadian farmer, and network with other attendees.”

The virtual program for the Ontario Young Farmers Forum will consist of a four-part speaker series during the month of November. A number of topics will be covered in these sessions and the final session with include a panel of young farmers from across Canada. Program dates are listed below:

  • Session 1 – Walk the Talk: Exploring Mental Health In Agriculture – Monday, November 2nd at 7:00 pm
  • Session 2 – 4R’s: More Sustainable Than You Think! – Tuesday, November 10th at 7:00 pm
  • Session 3 – Planning for Farm Succession – Wednesday, November 18th at 7:00 pm
  • Session 4 – The Canadian Young Farmer Panel – Thursday, November 26th at 7:00 pm

Each session of the OYFF program will also put a spotlight on a different Canadian farm. Here are the Canadian farmers who will be profiled throughout the program.

  • Session 1 – Sarah Judd, Meadow Lynn Market Garden & CSA
  • Session 2 – Greg Stamp, Stamp Seeds
  • Session 3 – Lori Smith and Martin Littkemann, Ontario Water Buffalo Company
  • Session 4 – The Canadian Young Farmer Panel: The Young Farmer Survival Guide

2020 will mark the 22nd year of OYFF and JFAO is excited to present an engaging and accessible program for all attendees. The virtual program will provide the opportunity for young people working in agriculture to learn, connect, and network with other members of the agriculture industry from across Ontario. Learn more and register for the program here.

Escape to Adventure

On June 9th, a group of Junior Farmer members escaped from their work week, to have an adventurous weekend at this year’s Leadership Camp. This

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