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Kelly Dobson (right) speaks to the virtual Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference on November 24, joined by friend Brent Van Koughnet.

Leadership effectiveness critical to farm success

Poor leadership prevents critical decisions, conversations from being confronted head on, says leadership coach Kelly Dobson

Technical competency and a good work ethic are no longer enough to be a successful farmer. Farmers need to develop personal and leadership capacity, Kelly Dobson told the Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference. Hard work and skill are “actually the minimum standard,” said Dobson, a certified executive coach with Leadershift, and a farmer from Fairfax, Manitoba. “Who

Walker with business partner Brett Locke. 

Synergy Seeds a local success story

Faces of Ag: Kristie Walker shared lessons learned from her leap into entrepreneurship with the Advancing Women in Agriculture conference

Kristie Walker remembers calling her parents the day she quit her job to start a seed retail business. She remembered “the phone just kind of going quiet,” she told her virtual audience at the Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference. She told her parents, “Well I kind of have a plan, but not really, and no