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CRM Systems is a proud supporter of Agriculture in the Classroom [Manitoba]. Our very own David Lapp, shown here teaching on technology in Ag. Children have an inherent interest in plants and food, and this is a great way to bring agriculture professionals directly into the classroom - to teach, inspire and answer questions.
Agriculture in the Classroom–Manitoba (AITC-M) has been operating since 1988. AITC-M delivers curriculum-based programs, activities and resources for teachers and their students to learn more about agriculture and the role it plays in our province. AITC-M is part of Agriculture in the Classroom-Canada, click here to find out more.
AITC-M is a non-profit, charitable organization supported by sponsors and members who share the organization’s goal. Executive Director Sue Clayton works with the Board of Directors, staff, members and volunteers to develop and deliver the programs to Manitoba schools.
AITC-M’s Board of Directors is an elected board that represents a cross section of the industry. There are 15 members who exhibit a commitment and dedication to delivering an accurate, balanced and current message about agriculture. This is AITC-M’s ABC principle and it is on the membership’s behalf that the organization demands accountability to it.
The AITC-M organization will promote the development of critical thinking skills related to the businesses of agriculture, food, bioproducts and life sciences in all Manitoba students. In coordination with commodity and other industry related organizations, AITC-M’s programming, events and services will further develop future decision-makers and entrepreneurs.
Vision: Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba Inc. will lead in the development and distribution of accurate, balanced and current information for use as education resources in school curriculum.
AITC-M’s Core Objectives:
• To enhance awareness of agriculture in Manitoba schools
• To develop an appreciation and awareness of the importance of agriculture, socially and economically
• To explain the process of food and fiber production from farm to consumer
• To inspire interest in agriculture and agriculture careers
• To provide a supporting role to Manitoba Education and Literacy in the linkage of accurate agriculture resources to existing course curriculum
• To work collaboratively with industry partners to develop engaging, interactive agricultural experiences for youth
• To develop resources and programs with the guidance and expertise from agriculture and education communities
AITC-M has a variety of programming designed to create links between agriculture and the classroom. All our programming can be customized to meet a particular need, or we’ll work with partners to develop a new program.
Contact CRM Systems if you are interested in having us present to your school, club or troop. CRM Systems supports several different community organizations, and we are always interested in finding more good organizations to partner with.
Change Management has impacted many industries and many sectors and has become a fact of life in business. There has been "profound changes to how food is produced, processed, distributed, and marketed" (NATINIT.HTM). People and businesses in the agricultural sector are challenged by the increased risk of business failure as well as increased opportunities for success that could be the results from these changes. To meet the challenges, they will need to develop a broad set of management capabilities.
Changes in technology on the farm ranging from the new seed varieties, to robotic tractors, to the increased use of information systems have helped agriculture. This is a result of changing preferences of the consumer, where the consumer has expressed more diverse quality, and more ethnically diverse food. However, consumers are still wanting food to be affordable and have expectations of minimal impact on their environment. Add in globalization and all these pressures have forced Agriculture to adapt and change.
The good news? Change is nothing new in the agricultural sector. The Ag industry always had to to adapt to changes in weather and market prices. There has been changes on the farm and the farms are getting larger. This has meant Processors had to change out technology to help provide a better quality product faster and ship it all over the world.
The Ag industry had to:
● Grow strategies for adjusting to change.
● Respond more rapidly to global market signals.
● Evaluate and adopt appropriate technologies.
With Farming, especially on smaller farms it is not uncommon for one or more family members to combine farming with off-farm work.As well, farms may diversify into the processing side of the sector to help diversify risk and help in increasing revenue.
A study in Europe, Bewley et al. (2001) surveyed 252 dairy farmers that had expanded and found only small drops in performance and high levels of satisfaction. We have seen a similar process in the processing industry. Still this tends to be a reactive process and even sometimes adhoc which will lead to a reported failure rate of 70% (Balogun and Hope Hailey, 2004).
The transition phase, during change, often gets too little attention during planning and decision-making. This may result in problems of finalizing the change and of post-change performance that do not meet expectations (Balogun and Hope Hailey, 2004).
The ‘classic change curve’ (Elrod and Tippett, 2002) describes a typical period of low performance and despair during the transition.
Successful change management should not only bring performance to a higher level after change, but also minimize the drop in performance during transition. To the best of our knowledge no studies have explored management using a change framework.
When businesses operate without significant investments or change over a long period, the need for large changes increases. Instead of continuous change the process becomes disruptive. In contrast, gradual expansion is change that only requires adjustments of existing working processes. The farmer can apply existing knowledge because the Farmers need more than experience of or knowledge about a change to be able to succeed.
According to By and Dale (2008), motivation is one of eight critical success factors for managing organizational change. Motivated farmers are more proactive and experience more control over problems than less-motivated farmers (Hansen, 2013).
Problem-solving in unstructured contexts such as farm expansion involves unique challenges, and farmers must be motivated to develop additional cognitive and behavioral skills in order to succeed
Changes that involve expansion, growth, technology and organization simultaneously are challenging. Entering cooperative farming is a fundamental organizational change, as it increases the complexity of the organization and the potential for conflicts in decision-making as well as in day-to-day work. However, our findings show that even such a radical change in farm management can be handled successfully, given that the participants spent enough time on planning. Schei et al. (2012).
Continuous gradual changes, former change experience, inner motivation, deliberate use of consultants and careful planning of joint farming operations have a positive impact on performance during and after change.
Consider engaging an expert to help you understand the Change Management process and its benefits. You may be surprised at how large the impact can be when you take your team to the next level.
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One centralized database that is available to all of your employees is the key to organizational productivity. For example; a customer may phone and ask about the estimated delivery time of a specific product. With an integrated ERP and CRM, this information will be available to your customer service representatives in real-time. Your customer service representatives can record a purchase request as they are talking to customers and that information will be never be re-entered by another person, eliminating all chance for data-entry errors. Having one integrated system will reduce the time spent on entering information more than once.
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Marketing departments are there to produce qualified leads, gain new customers, and keep existing customers with product promotions and advertising. With an integrated CRM and ERP system, your marketing team can execute more focused campaigns with the information provided by ERP and CRM system. They can quickly create reports on the previous purchase history, or up sale and cross sale.
Your organization will benefit most when you purchase ERP and CRM together and integrate these two systems in your entire organization. You should be talking to an experienced dealer to help you make the right software purchase. Please contact us to benefit from our free consultation if the ERP and CRM right for you.
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Author: Aylin Barnes
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