Using technology in your farm business

 
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 Today’s agri-professional has greater access to business building support than ever before. From the comfort of your laptop you can choose from a variety of funding options and revolutionary products all designed to improve your day-to-day farm operation and increase your profitability. Following is a selection of websites which offer everything from financial assistance and online classes to downloadable applications, all designed to help you navigate your way to a more successful future.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Programs and Services for Rural Canadians

Offered by the Government of Canada, this selection of programs covers everything from cash advances to food research and development, to market competitiveness strategies. It is your onestop-shop for information on federal programs, services and contacts that can help you to streamline your business and improve your bottom line. Visit www.agr.gc.ca/eng/programs-andservices to browse available options.

AgPal Program and Service Finder

This is a web-based discovery tool developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to help farmers and others in the agriculture and agribusiness sector find the federal, provincial, and territorial programs and services that specifically apply to them.

Wherever you’re based in Canada, there are local partners and government organizations in place to help you with the assistance and information you need—but sometimes finding the right one can be a challenge. AgPal was designed to put all of that information at your fingertips.

Visit http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/programs-and-services/agpal-program-and-servicefinder to get started.

Agriculture Apps & Software

TractorPal Inventory and Maintenance App

This handy app keeps inventory and maintenance records for all your personal agriculture machines and attachments, including cars and trucks of all brands. TractorPal enables you to log all of your large and small machinery and automobiles including tractors, pickups, lawn mowers, cars, combines, sprayers, loaders, skid-loaders, backhoes, attachments, and more. You can also record each item’s maintenance (e.g. changing oil, filters, tires, and irregular repairs), and the app will remind you when service is required.

Available for Android, iPad and iPhone devices. You can download the free trial, or purchase the full version for $9.99 at http://tractorpal.com/.

Agrivi Farm Management

This cloud-based farm management software helps farmers improve their productivity and profitability. It enables you to plan, monitor and analyze all the activities on your farm: track finances including seasonal workers and machinery, even monitor the weather and detect pests. Download the free 14-day trial version, or read more about it at http://www.agrivi.com/farm-management-software/.

FarmFan App

Connect with casual farmers’ market shoppers via e-mail and text messages—remind them of opening times, products available, and reward them with discounts or loyalty points.

It’s a fun way to stay connected and encourage visitors to your local farmers’ market. To find out more about how it works, visit http://www.farmfanapp.com/info.

AgSquared: software system for small farmers

AgSquared is an online record-keeping platform that is designed for small-scale mixed vegetable growers. It started on a simple premise: that better plans, streamlined management, and more complete records can help make farms more productive, more profitable and more sustainable.

AgSquared includes a set of planning, management, record keeping, and analysis tools that work together to help your farm run more smoothly. Your seasonal crop plan transforms into your daily task list; your task list serves as the starting point for your records; and your records become the foundation for the next year’s crop plan. Sound interesting? Visit http://www.agsquared.com/ for more information.

 
 
 
 
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This information published to the web on November 30, 2015.