The Growing Forward Business Development program is part of the Growing Forward Best Practices suite and agreement from 2009 to 2013. It comprises three components (1) farm businesses (2) food processors and (3) Agricultural Management Institute (AMI). The overall objective is to increase the economic viability of Ontario agriculture and food industry. The food processors and AMI components are under-development and details are not available. The Farm Businesses component will specifically incorporate self-assessment and action plan development with a range of cost-share advisory services (financial analysis and business planning) and skills development opportunities to help farmers reach their farm’s business goals. The rest of this description focuses on the Farm Businesses component.
For more information go to www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/about/growingforward/busdev.htm