Commodity groups and sector advocates recognize business risk management can realistically be changed.

Opinion: Business risk management reform remains possible

Reading Time: 3 minutes Among the long list of complaints to government from producers in recent months, their concern over business risk management programs has been the most consistent. Other grievances remain. The carbon tax is an irritant, but the now-futile campaign against it has lost steam throughout the pandemic. Lack of labour and access to foreign trade markets […] Read more

Despite projected increased sales, commodity prices are expected fall which will put renewed pressure on farm incomes.

U.S. cash farm income expected to slump as government aid drops

Crop farmers are expected to face continued pressure from low prices

Reading Time: 2 minutes Reuters – U.S. net cash farm income will fall 11 per cent this year as production costs rise and government aid programs set up to assist producers during the U.S.-China trade war wind down, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast issued on Feb. 5. The drop, of $13.1 billion in inflation-adjusted 2020 dollars, […] Read more

U.S. farmer debt-to-asset ratios are steady due to farmland keeping its value.

Economic challenges mean U.S. farm bankruptcies are up but land prices hold steady

USDA says farm real estate prices holding up, but the potential for a fall is there

Reading Time: 2 minutes Reuters – The United States Department of Agriculture is concerned about a potential decline in farmland real estate prices, but has seen no sign of that happening so far, said USDA chief economist Robert Johansson. Farmland prices are a key pillar of equity for the U.S. agricultural heartland, which has been suffering from lingering weakness […] Read more

Yes, we can

CAPI Report: New report from the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute calls for ‘quality growth’ strategy as Canada eyes roughly doubling export share by 2027

Reading Time: 4 minutes Going beyond Barton When consultant Dominic Barton recommended to the federal government in 2016 that agriculture be one of the leaders in the growth of the Canadian middle class it opened up all sorts of discussions across the country. The latest contribution is a report from the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) that looks at […] Read more