Business Management Skills Development Program FAQs

Business Management Skills Development Program FAQs

This program helps agricultural producers, new producers and processors, agri-processing industry staff and agricultural organizations improve their business management skills through timely training and targeted skills development.

The Growing Forward 2 (GF2) Business Management Skills Development Program addresses three key industry priorities:

  • Increased industry profitability and competitiveness: Business owners who improve their management and leadership skills are able to build stronger businesses that positively impact industry growth.
  • Development of a dynamic and skilled agribusiness sector: Business owners who leverage current business knowledge and leadership skills create robust businesses that readily adapt to industry changes and embrace business opportunities.
  • Increased business development and sector sustainability: Encouraging new entrants to the agriculture and agri-food industry by developing critical business and management skills strengthens the future of the industry.

How are costs shared?

75% of tuition fees or the cost to hire an instructor for a group skill training course is eligible for reimbursement.

Maximum payments: Individuals can apply for multiple projects to a maximum of $10,000 per individual for the life of the program. Groups can apply for multiple projects to a maximum of $20,000 per application and a maximum of $40,000 for the life of the program.

Exclusions: Applications under $500 will not be considered, and travel costs are not covered. Post-secondary education program courses offered by a degree-granting institution for credit are not eligible. Courses offered by institutions used to acquire a professional designation are not eligible. Conferences, learning events, and initiatives are not eligible.

Who can participate?

  • Producers in Alberta who have an established primary business in the production of crops and livestock.
  • Agri-food processors with an established business in Alberta, including owners, senior managers and frontline supervisors.
  • New entrants into Alberta’s agriculture and agri-food industry who will have a primary business in production of crops and livestock, or a processing business.
  • Senior managers, executive directors or directors on a board that represents an agricultural organizations, producer group or processor.
  • Agricultural organizations seeking training for their organization or board members.

How do you start?

You are asked to apply to the program by submitting a learning plan, noting learning outcomes and documented costs, before funds can be approved.

You must submit your application prior to starting the courses/programs listed in it. Applications will only be accepted by mail.

Please contact the Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276) to find out more about the program.

For more information

Phone: 310-FARM (3276)



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