Important Information - FBDI Program Deadlines

Consulting Services:

The deadline to apply for consulting services under FBDI is June 1, 2017. All application processes, including the completion of “Taking Stock” and the Farm Development Plan must be completed prior to submitting an application. This deadline has been set to provide sufficient time for the completion of the consulting work and the submission and processing of reimbursement claims prior to the conclusion of the program. Clients are strongly encouraged to provide all documents required to receive reimbursement by December 31, 2017.


Training applications will be accepted until January 31, 2018, providing the intended training can be completed by February 28, 2018. Clients are strongly encouraged to provide all documents required to receive reimbursement immediately after training is completed. Request for payment received after March 31, 2018 may not be reimbursed.

Welcome to Farm Business Development Initiative (FBDI) online registration and application portal.

Farm Business Development Initiative helps farmers to prepare farm development plans and identify and obtain consulting and/or training to enhance business skills in eight business practice areas:

  • Business Strategy
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Production Economics
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resources
  • Environmental Strategy
  • Succession Planning
  • Business Structure

Funding up to $10,000 is available to qualified applicants to help them engage private sector consulting services and/or access farm-related education and training programs.

Applicants, please click the “Public” Link. From there, new applicants please select "Register" to create an account; existing users please click “Login” to start the application process by completing the Taking Stock self-assessment.

This new FBDI Online site is best experienced using a modern browser, such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox. Ensure that you have the latest version of your web browser installed.