Anything Ag With FCC

This series touches on a wide variety of industry specific topics. From business management, to marketing to technology, if you looking for anything agriculture, this is the Coffee Row Series for you!


ANYTHING  AG  ARTICLES

Grain Market Ebb & Flow Expected to Continue in 2018

Grain Market Ebb & Flow Expected to Continue in 2018

Spring is coming and so will be seeding time, fine tune your plans for crop selection as markets are a moving target once again.
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Temple Grandin: An Animal Welfare Game-Changer

Temple Grandin: An Animal Welfare Game-Changer

Dr Temple Grandin speaks about a new restraining system and educating consumers on better animal handling practices.
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Does Fair Always Mean Equal in Family Farm Transition?

Does Fair Always Mean Equal in Family Farm Transition?

Equal and fair may not be the same for farming and non-farming children during transition. Find out the why in this FCC article.
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Cattle Feed Needs Rise As Mercury Falls

Cattle Feed Needs Rise As Mercury Falls

Like anything, we must take care of our livestock in the cold winter temperatures and conditions. Proper food and water is essential, but just one factor.
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milk-splash

From Milk to Yogurt & Beyond

Healthy eating habits by consumers are fueling a renewal in dairy products containing fat. Dairy products are in higher demand, with a large demand on yogurt. Innovations are allowing changes in production of cow milk.
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How Good Times Complicate Farm Transition

How Good Times Complicate Farm Transition

The farm sector’s recovery and strengthening the last 15 years has created the need for nuance in succession and estate planning. What other considerations have made succession planning increasingly complicated?
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Canadian Crops Battle for Acres

Determining which grain to produce depends on many factors making it a complicated decision that farmers must make every year.
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What's Happening in the Grain Markets?

What’s Happening in the Grain Markets?

Good news & bad news depending on the grain. A quick overview of what the prices are and the factors that are making them a strong or weak choice for producers.
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Farm Financials in Canada & the U.S.: Considering the Differences

Farm Financials in Canada & the U.S.: Considering the Differences

Farm Asset Values: Where they are in Canada and how will they trend? How do they compare to the U.S.? What are the other factors that can affect the farm financials?
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Quebec Farm Transitions Through 11 Generations

Quebec Farm Transitions Through 11 Generations

Centuries of a farm that has never been sold.. It's history in the making. Find out how they've successfully passed the farm from generation to generation, 11 times and counting.
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How Farmers Could See the Benefits of Blockchain

How Farmers Could See the Benefits of Blockchain

Blockchain tech was made famous by Bitcoin, but how it can help provide ag product certification meet the high standards expected by consumers?
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Farm Debt & Interest Rates: What is the Connection?

Farm Debt & Interest Rates: What is the Connection?

Debt is affected by interest rates. What is the specific connection? How does it affect us? What is a debt service ratio? FCC sheds some light on what it all means for your farm.
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Buy Or Lease

Buy Or Lease

Deciding whether to buy or lease farm equipment can be a difficult decision. Lance Stockbrugger explains the differences between buying and leasing in this video.
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Virtual Reality Brings Field Scouting To Your Recliner

Virtual Reality Brings Field Scouting To Your Recliner

Being able to experience an activity or location without actually being there has some exciting potential uses on the farm.
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New Report Explores Ways To Improve Soil Health

New Report Explores Ways To Improve Soil Health

Soil health is central to precision ag’s success. Find out how OMAFRA is working together with farmers, government, conservation organizations, researchers and others to foster a shift in the way we take care of our soil.
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What Does It Take To Be A Young Farmer?

What Does It Take To Be A Young Farmer?

We asked producers and entrepreneurs from across Canada share their thoughts about the passion, drive and commitment it takes to be part of the ag industry they love.
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Veterinary Antibiotics to Become Prescription Only

Veterinary Antibiotics to Become Prescription Only

Fears of antibiotic overuse and the growing number of antibiotic resistant bacteria in the human population has fueled major changes to antibiotic access for producers.
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When Succession Doesn't Go To Plan

When Succession Doesn’t Go To Plan

This article is a case study of when a plan, specifically a succession plan, is not in place. Are you ready? Things can happen quickly.
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Know Your Equipment Costs

Know Your Equipment Costs

Just because you can afford to buy new equipment, doesn't mean you should. So how do you know when it's time to invest in new equipment? Find out which numbers to look at and what tools can help you make the right decision for your
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Retirement Isn't For Everyone

Retirement Isn’t For Everyone

Kevin Hursh, a consulting agrologist, journalist and editor of AgriSuccess, discusses how retirement just isn't for everyone. Why quit when it's so much fun?
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Views Differ on Farm Incorporation

Views Differ on Farm Incorporation

The number of incorporated farms has grown so FCC asked farm specialists, "Based on your experience, should more farms incorporate?". Find out why the answers varied and how they can help you make the right decision for your farm.
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Amended Business Plan Leads to Sweet Success

Amended Business Plan Leads to Sweet Success

A storm tore apart Zak and Karen Hargrove's dream to take over the family farm. Now South Ridge Maple Co. Ltd. may be the world’s largest producers of the iconic sweet Canadian syrup. Find out how they used innovation to push through hardship
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Crunch the Numbers Before You Invest, Expand, Diversify

Crunch the Numbers Before You Invest, Expand, Diversify

Expansion, new equipment, or adding a value-added business can provide a great boost to a farm’s bottom line but they can also threaten a farm’s viability. Find out how to decide if the time is right in this article from FCC.
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Why Western Canada is Wild About Hops

Why Western Canada is Wild About Hops

Discover why the production of hops, a flavouring and preserving ingredient in beer, is slowly returning to Western Canada, particularly British Columbia.
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3 Financial Measures for Farm Success

3 Financial Measures for Farm Success

Forming a clear financial picture of your operation is important. Find out which 3 ratios can be used to help you evaluate your farm's financial situation.
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Will Consumers Pay More for Verified Sustainable Beef?

Will Consumers Pay More for Verified Sustainable Beef?

Canada’s beef farmers hope to learn whether their customers, and ultimately consumers, will pay more for sustainably produced beef coming from a verified production system. A new pilot project is set to uncover the answer.
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Kelowna Fruit Stand: Building a Nine-Acre Dream

Kelowna Fruit Stand: Building a Nine-Acre Dream

When Lakhwinder Brar moved to Canada in 2008, he dreamed of one day owning a farm. Read how Lakhwinder went from growing grains and rice with his parents in India to owning an orchard in Canada.
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Thirst For Craft Beer Brews Opportunities

Thirst For Craft Beer Brews Opportunities

Read about one of the largest craft brewers in B.C. (and the only brewery in Canada with a malting plant) and how the growth in craft brewing also fuels the demand for hops.
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Navigating Today's Canola Markets

Navigating Today’s Canola Markets

Mike Jubinville of Pro Farmer Canada offers information on commodity markets and marketing strategies with a focus on recent Canola market fluctuations.
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Good Farm Succession Plans Allow For Change

Good Farm Succession Plans Allow For Change

Things don’t always go according to plan. People, situations and expectations can change – sometimes quickly. Learn how Bill and Donna built their Succession Plan with change in mind and how you can too!
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Succession Through Diversification

Succession Through Diversification

Established farms sometimes head in different directions when the next generation becomes involved, and that has certainly been the case for the Ludwig family farm on Vancouver Island. Read their story here!
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Choosing The Right Successor With John Fast

Choosing The Right Successor With John Fast

Succession planning expert Dr. John Fast shares stories and wisdom about how to choose the right successor and why it’s so tough for a person who’s been farming for a lifetime to hand over a business they so closely identify with.
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Start a Farm From Scratch? Difficult But Possible

Start a Farm From Scratch? Difficult But Possible

Young people wanting to start a farm – particularly today, with farms getting so big – have many questions about entering the business. But one of the biggest questions is also one of the most fundamental: where do I start?
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How Multi-Generational Farms Keep Success in the Family

How Multi-Generational Farms Keep Success in the Family

Passing down the farm from generation to generation has been a tried and true business model for many farm families. But, navigating family dynamics often requires careful consideration and planning to work well. Click here to read about one family's journey...
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Buyout By Farm Employee Can Be A Win-Win

Buyout By Farm Employee Can Be A Win-Win

Transitioning the farm to an employee may be an option for farmers who have no one to take it over. Read more about how Duncan and Irene identified their farm successor.
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The Ever-Changing Role of Women in Agriculture

The Ever-Changing Role of Women in Agriculture

Farm Credit Canada asked previous Advancing Women Conference speakers to respond to this question: How is the role of women in agriculture changing, and what are the best ways to capture the opportunities?
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How Outstanding Farmers Do Things Differently

How Outstanding Farmers Do Things Differently

As the first, second-generation winners of the 2016 B.C./Yukon Outstanding Young Farmer Award, it's not what Brian and Jewel Pauls do to be successful, it's how. Read more about their journey here.
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Is The Next Generation Ready To Take Over The Farm?

Is The Next Generation Ready To Take Over The Farm?

How can you tell if the next generation is ready to take over the farm? Abe Toews, a succession expert with Beyond Wealth Consulting in Regina, Sask., says the best way is to test them.
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Balance Sheets and Income Statements: Farm Financials You Need to Know

Balance Sheets and Income Statements: Farm Financials You Need to Know

In this post, FCC looks at what’s ahead in 2017 and dives into the difference between your farm income statements and balance sheets. They’re basic financial tools, but important to master because they drive your business decisions.
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Hiring a consultant: 5 Questions You Need To Ask

Hiring a consultant: 5 Questions You Need To Ask

As Canadian farms have become larger and arguably more complex to run, a new class of agricultural consultants has emerged. These include not only lawyers and accountants, but advisors in areas such as production, marketing and technology. Thinking about hiring a consultant? Here are 5
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Decision Making 101

Decision Making 101

Everyone has their own way of making decisions. Some people are disciplined, systematic analysts. Others listen to their gut. Many, if not most, combine both approaches to one degree or another.
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Considering an off-farm gig? 3 questions to ask

Considering an off-farm gig? 3 questions to ask

Ever want to have a business outside of farming? It could be a great way to learn new skills, earn extra income and keep busy at times when farming’s quiet. Ask yourself these three questions before moving forward.
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3 Secrets For Farm Business Success

3 Secrets For Farm Business Success

Continual learning is important if you want to be successful at anything, and agriculture is no different. So, is it any wonder that all 3 secrets relate to continual learning and the constant pursuit of relevant industry information? Learn how you can make continual learning
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How Formal Agreements Can Save Farm Families

How Formal Agreements Can Save Farm Families

The human and financial costs can be extremely high if farm enterprises aren’t properly structured with written agreements or if important business decisions are neglected. Learn how proper planning and agreements can help you tax-wise and save the relationship farm families have with each other.
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About the Author:  Farm Credit Canada

FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture lender

We live and breathe Canadian agriculture, agribusiness and agri-food. We support, strengthen and celebrate the industry, and we’re proud of it.

AGRICULTURE.  WE KNOW IT.  WE LOVE IT.  WE’RE IN IT FOR THE LONG RUN.

FCC is a financially self-sustaining federal Crown corporation reporting to Parliament through the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. Our corporate office is located in Regina, Sask. We lend money and provide other services to primary producers, agri-food operations and agribusinesses that provide inputs or add value to agriculture. We share business management knowledge and training with our customers, free of charge. We offer insurance, venture capital and management accounting software, that’s designed specifically for agriculture.

Mission

The purpose of the corporation is to enhance rural Canada by providing specialized and personalized business and financial services and products to farming operations, including family farms, and to those businesses in rural Canada, including small and medium-sized businesses, that are businesses related to farming. The primary focus of the activities of the corporation shall be on farming operations, including family farms.

Vision
  • The full agriculture and agri-food value chain believes FCC is advancing the business of agriculture by providing financial products, services and knowledge tailored to producers and agribusiness operators.
  • Our customers are advocates of FCC and can’t imagine doing business without us.
  • We are socially and environmentally responsible and an employer of choice everywhere we operate.
  • We make it easy for customers and employees to do business.
  • We are financially strong and stable, and invest significantly in the agriculture and agri-food industry.
Corporate Values

Act with integrity
We are ethical and honest. We treat customers, colleagues and all stakeholders with respect.

Focus on the customer
We care about our customers, and we pride ourselves on providing them with an extraordinary experience based on personal relationships, flexibility and industry knowledge.

Achieve excellence
We share a commitment to high performance, accountability and efficiency in order to achieve excellence.

Working together
We believe in the power of teamwork. Whether delivering service tailored to customer needs or designing solutions to benefit the industry, we work together as one team.

Give back to the community
We take corporate social responsibility seriously. We believe in giving back to the communities where our customers and employees live and work, striving to reduce our impact on the environment and contributing to the success of the agriculture industry.

This content is published with permission of the author and Farm Credit Canada (FCC). FCC is Canada’s leading agricultural lender. We live and breathe Canadian agriculture, agribusiness and agri-food. For more information, visit fcc.ca.

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