Spreadsheets galore, managing a enterprise, and the fun of strawberry farming – RealAgriculture


The Successors is a RealAgriculture podcast sequence hosted by Kara Oosterhuis specializing in agriculture from the attitude of the up-and-coming era.

How do you discover your house on the farming operation? What are you able to do to maintain the strains of communication open? What can a peer group present to each you and your profession?

Fiona Jochum, farmer at Saint François Xavier, Manitoba, helps us reply these questions (and extra) within the newest episode of The Successors podcast.

Jochum, who’s within the means of succeeding into the enterprise operations of her household operation, was all the time within the farm, nevertheless it wasn’t all the time her be-all-end-all. Numbers and spreadsheets are amongst the issues that make her tick. This had her rising up questioning, the place do I match into the farm?

“I all the time appreciated monetary evaluation and looking out on the markets, in order that’s what intrigued me for certain on the enterprise facet of issues. I felt like I might be taught lots of agronomy issues simply by way of my summer time jobs and dealing on the farm, however I felt just like the enterprise facet was actually onerous to select up. So I needed to get a head begin on that by specializing in the enterprise facet of issues at college somewhat bit,” she says.

Fiona Jochum, 2022

Jochum holds a diploma in agriculture, and a level in AgriBusiness from the College of Manitoba. This kick-started her curiosity within the enterprise world. Following college, she went to Australia and labored on a farm there, which at that time, she communicated to her dad and mom that she was prepared and desirous to be part of the operation.

“We have been considering, how is that this going to work? And the playing cards ended up falling into the best place. One of many employed guys we had left the farm to go do one thing else. And there was that opening — an apparent opening — and I used to be like, you understand, should you’re trying….I’ll ship in my resume,” Jochum recollects. “My dad stated, nicely if you wish to come again to the farm, you’ve acquired to get your Class 1. So after I did that, after which began engaged on the farm, that was again in 2019. So after I got here again, I did my first 12 months full-time on the farm.”

The place she at present holds wasn’t one she simply walked into — Jochum began as an worker that did every little thing from operating gear, upkeep, crop scouting, workplace work, and studying the books.

“I’m nonetheless doing that, however we’re actually attempting to switch over a few of the administration information. So my dad is the pinnacle boss of Blue Diamond Farms. So we’re in our transition plan, I’d say you can name me a supervisor in coaching. So I’m beginning to be taught much more concerning the administration issues, and I’d say now I’m being together with in just about each choice on the farm, whether or not that be with loans, what loans we’re getting, gear purchases, the crop rotation, and so forth. Every thing that’s occurring…and being included within the choices. And each day, each month that goes by, I really feel like I’ve somewhat bit extra affect,” Jochum explains.

Pay attention on for a full dialog on farm transitioning, the trials and tribulations of strawberry farming, the significance of family-business relationships, and extra:


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