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The AgriHR Management Curriculum & Instructor Guide is the first comprehensive curriculum designed for Canada's agriculture sector.

Based on years of research and field testing conducted in Canada and internationally, AgriHR Management offers practical, proven human resource strategies to help students address agricultural workforce challenges.


In collaboration with the AgriHR Toolkit, the 12-unit AgriHR Management Curriculum is designed as a flip classroom, and covers a complete range of HR topics, including recruitment, selection, hiring, training, health and safety, workplace wellness, and more. All curriculum materials can be customized with your institution's logo and brand.

Instructor resources include detailed guides, lesson plans, presentation materials, assignments and summative assessments, videos, and guest-lecture agendas. See sample curriculum materials.

Student resources include video overviews, self-guided discovery and practice exercises, self-assessments and quizzes, and access to current research and insights from real-world practitioners.

Collaborative content. AgriHR Management supplements core educational content with peer-generated "living program" content from instructors across Canada, including reports, guest lectures, and more. 

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A Comprehensive Curriculum for Future Agricultural Leaders

The AgriHR Management Curriculum & Instructor Guide includes 12 units that cover key HR topics and strategies from a Canadian agricultural perspective.

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UNIT 1: Introduction to HR management and strategic HR. This unit provides an overview of the theoretical and practical skills required for the effective management of people in the workplace.

UNIT 2: Recruitment, selection, and hiring. This unit covers topics including recruitment and retention strategies and processes, duty to accommodate, interview techniques, and how to hire temporary foreign workers.

UNIT 3: Compensation and benefits. This unit covers topics including fair pay and employment standards, payroll deductions, setting competitive rates of pay, creating compensation and benefits packages. 

UNIT 4: Improving worker performance. This unit covers topics including legal obligations, perks and rewards, worker training, discipline and termination processes, and working with family members.

UNIT 5: Succession planning. This unit explores succession planning for small business, with a focus on family farms and planning for the succession of key roles in an organization. 

UNIT 6: Workforce planning. This unit explores key elements of organizational planning for small or family-run businesses, including setting goals, assessing labour needs, and analyzing the work environment.

UNIT 7: HR policies. This unit covers the development of policies and policy manuals that ensure safe, inclusive, productive, acceptable, and legally defensible behaviours in the agricultural workplace.

UNIT 8: Health and safety. This unit examines the issue of agricultural health and safety, and provides tools and information to help students support the highest safety standards in a farm environment. 

UNIT 9: Workplace wellness. This unit explores the business case for workplace wellness and strategies for meeting legal obligations and supporting work-life balance and well-being for domestic and international workers. 

UNIT 10: Diversity and inclusion. This unit looks at strategies for creating a welcoming and inclusive workplace where people of different genders, religions, nationalities, cultures, sexual orientations, languages, and abilities can feel comfortable, respected, and valued. 

UNIT 11: Leadership, values, and teamwork. This unit guides students to reflect on their own values, examine the values of companies and organizations in the industry, and explore the implications of values and leadership at work.

UNIT 12: Putting it all together. This unit reviews all the curriculum topics and shows how they come together to create a safe, attractive, inclusive, and productive workplace. Final exam included.