Growing your brain and your operation

Last Friday we let you know where you can find us over the next few months. We realize that we can’t be everywhere - and neither can you - but here are some other great learning opportunities. Once you prioritize what you want to learn about, you are sure to find a session, conference or seminar to meet your needs.


Advancing Women in Agriculture - October 27-29, 2019 - Niagara Falls, ON

Connect The Heart of the Farm - November 6-8, 2019 - Saskatoon, SK

Manitoba Farm Women’s Conference - November 17-19, 2019 - Winnipeg, MB

Agricultural Excellence Conference - December 2-4, 2019 - Fredericton, NB

AgFuse - January 23, 2020 - University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus, MN

FCC Women In Ag Summit - January 28, 2020 - Regina, SK

Crop Connect - February 12-13, 2020 - Winnipeg, MB

Drop us a comment below if you know of another learning opportunity to share with our audience.

Check out the events where we are presenting here.

Pam Part Two

Pam Bailey is the first woman on the Manitoba Canola Growers Association (MCGA) board of directors.  We got the chance to chat with Pam about MCGA, advice to other Farm Femmes and what else she has on the go.


Q. What was it about the canola growers that made you want to invest your time and energies there?

A. Prior to engaging in the nomination process, Pam started to monitor the MCGA publications more intentionally and she was impressed with the organizations consistent messaging and branding.  Pam said “One of the key indicators of a healthy organization is their ability to articulate what they are doing, and why.”  Pam also spoke extensively about the value, and importance, of systems crafted in the right way, in order to protect the best interests of the individual board members and the organization.  After speaking to a number of different producers, she was satisfied that the organization had robust processes and the right people, so she filled out the nomination papers.

Q. What advice would you give to other Farm Femmes considering leadership positions?

A. Investigate and ask questions.  We can all contribute to the community; it is just a matter of finding the right fit.  Some of the questions to ask are:

  • What are the possible ways to be involved?

  • What are varying commitments and what do they look like?


During our conversation, I learned that Pam is not only dedicating her time, energies and talents to the Canola Growers.  In fact, she is the co-founder of Ag Women Manitoba.  This up-start, non-profit began in December 2017 as an extension of the work that Pam was doing with a mentorship program at the University of Manitoba.  Look for more about Ag Women Manitoba in an upcoming post.

More Farm Femmes: Pam Bailey

After first reading about Pam in Country Guide we knew that we wanted to talk to Pam.   As FarmFemmes, we were interested in what made her take on the challenge of becoming the first woman on the Manitoba Canola Growers Association (MCGA) board of directors, and what she has learned along the way.


Q. What experiences prepared and equipped you to feel capable to take on a board role?

A. Growing up in a small community in Nova Scotia was really the foundation for Pam’s strong feeling of connection to community.  After experiences in 4-H and Young Farmers, Pam had a good background in parliamentary procedures and governance.  However, as is often the case, it took a personal connection to prompt Pam to consider a board position with MCGA.  Chuck Fossay is the current president and also Pam’s neighbour, so when Pam asked where all the women and young people were, Chuck encouraged her to fill out the nomination papers.

If you are not happy with your situation, then learn the process and change it. - Pam's parents

Q. How did you get the inspiration, and know-how, to make this happen?

A. Pam’s upbringing helped her to feel confident in navigating a nomination process, and the clear and transparent directions on the website make it easy to learn what MCGA required.  The real question, which helped Pam frame her decision to complete the nomination papers, was “What do I have to be afraid of?”  In other words, what would a “fail” look like.  Pam looked at that question from the perspective of governance, farm planning, environmental issues and agronomy, and realized that although she didn’t know everything, she knew enough.


Keep reading tomorrow to learn more about what made the Manitoba Canola Growers Association the right fit for Pam AND what else she has on the go.