What does leadership on the farm look like going into the future? Farm Credit Canada (FCC) hosted an event in Yorkton to focus on women leading the farm.
Kathy Pearson with FCC said that the event was a learning event, focused on farm leadership. While the FCC typically does two or three learning events per year, they had not focused on leadership before, instead doing events centered around young farmers, succession planning and financial planning, for example. They wanted to give farmers a chance to learn more about leadership on their farm.
“We had never done the leadership side of it, and how we can get more people to voice their opinion, to bring what they can to the table, and how they do it.”
All of the speakers were women, all of whom Pearson describes as leaders in their own realm. A family farm isn’t something that can be run by one person on their own, women are taking an increasingly larger role in agriculture, and the event was about giving them knowledge about being farm leaders.
“It’s not necessarily just men doing everything now. They’re joint operations, it’s a big business... From a woman’s point of view, they want to be participating, they’re part of the decision making, they want to be part of it.”
Speakers included Vanessa Stockbrugger, Monica Wagner, Kim Derenchuk and Adrienne Ivy.
“Our speakers were awesome, I can’t say another word about it... They’ve taken time out of their busy schedule to come.”