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Farm Business Development Initiative

The Farm Business Development Initiative (FBDI) helps farmers develop business plans and enhance business skills by engaging private sector business services and/or accessing farm-related education and training. 


1. Guidance

The Farm Business Development Initiative offers training and support in the following business practice areas:

  • Business strategy
  • Marketing
  • Production economics
  • Human resources
  • Financial management
  • Environment
  • Succession planning
  • Business structure

Funding is available to qualified applicants to help them engage private sector business services and/or access farm-related education and training programs.


2. Eligibility

An eligible applicant is a person who:

  • Is a Saskatchewan resident and files their Canada Revenue Agency Income Tax and Benefit Return in Saskatchewan; and
  • Is 18 years of age or older; and
  • Provides a completed Application for Financial Benefit on a form prescribed by the Ministry; and
  • Is an active farmer who can demonstrate they already generate Annual Gross Farming Income (Line 168, T1 General) of $35,000 or more; or
  • Will be an active farmer who intends to farm, who owns or controls (through written agreements) productive agricultural assets (land, buildings, machinery or livestock) and can demonstrate that their farming operation can generate at least $35,000 in annual gross farming income in the next 36 months.

3. How To Apply

  • Visit the Farm Business Development Initiative (FBDI) webportal to create a client account and fill out the Taking Stock self-assessment. For assistance filling out the form or to obtain a paper copy, contact your local Regional Farm Business Management Specialist.
  • Set up an appointment with your local Ministry of Agriculture Regional Farm Business Management Specialist to develop a Farm Development Plan. At this stage, the Regional Farm Business Management Specialist will provide you with information to better understand the skills and knowledge needed in your area of interest.
  • The Regional Farm Business Management Specialist will help you determine what information, training and consulting services are available to complete your Farm Development Plan.
  • Complete an Application for Funding in person at one of the 10 Regional Offices or by visiting the Farm Business Development Initiative webportal.

4. Apply

Apply online by visiting the Farm Business Development Initiative website.

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