Category: Eastern Canada

Taking Our Place on the Global Agricultural Stage

In November Syngenta celebrated its 10 year anniversary. I’ve been President for nine of those years, and have seen first hand the rapid pace of change taking place across the agricultural landscape in Canada. And change, while often feared, can be a good thing – it can bring with it opportunity. Since 2000, the Canadian… Read more »

Global Wheat Outlook – Bruce Burnett, CWB

Across North America everyone is talking about the bullish tone of corn and soybeans. Is wheat going to be the weaker sister in 2011? How much higher will the wheat price have to go to buy some acres back from corn, soybeans, canola and lentils. Some farmers and analysts are even saying that the attention… Read more »

Out of the Information Arbitrage Pot and into the Real Time Information Fire

By Dick Haney We are living in the real time information age, and it is providing both challenges and opportunities in our businesses, but most importantly it is affecting how we make decisions. This change has arrived with the force of a tsunami and it is invading our workplace from all directions. These changes are… Read more »

Is the Power of the Food Retailer Trumping All?

By Shaun Haney We hear a lot nowadays about value chains, the integrated food system and the farmers incredibly important role in it. How many time have you heard the term, “Gate to Plate?” I can buy into this concept as long as all participants are getting a fair return for their investment in the… Read more »

Bette Jean Crews is Re-Elected for a Third Term as President of the OFA

As most of you know, I am from Western Canada but as I learn more about Ontario agriculture it seems that many of the concerns are the same.  There are differences between the east and the west but overall things like income stabilization, risk management and government lobby tend to always come forward first no… Read more »

Will the Corn Price Continue Higher?

Corn is the story that keeps on telling.  With USDA revising yields and ending stocks lower in the US, the farmers with decent yields have enjoyed some great returns this year.   I have even seen some corn acre forecasts for 2011 being discussed on CNBC’s Squawk Box.  When there is this much hype and… Read more »

The Prince Charles Syndrome – What Constitutional Monarchies and Family Business Have in Common

The Succession Saga – Part Two By Dick Haney The Prince Charles Syndrome is an affliction that affects not only Royal Families, but potentially your family business as well. The House of Windsor (The ruling English Monarchy) is arguably one of the most successful family businesses on the planet. Although the House of Windsor has… Read more »

Do Ontario Livestock Producers Need a Risk Management Solution Like Alberta – Ernie Hardeman, MPP

Managing risk is a major part of running any farm or livestock operation. Alberta recently tried to aid it’s provincial livestock producers by launching the Cattle Price Insurance Program (CPIP). Recently Ontario Provincial Ag-Critic, Mr. Ernie Hardeman, MPP, questioned why the Ontario government was stalling in implementing a similar program to ensure Ontario producer competitiveness…. Read more »

Can Organic and Modern Agriculture Co-Exist?

By Shaun Haney Few debates in life involve an all or none scenario. Some people try to make things this way but in reality it is not possible. This is similar to the debate of whether organic agriculture and modern agriculture can co-exist.  The better question is why not? As I have mentioned many times… Read more »

Soybean Market Outlook – Moe Agostino, Farms.com

One of the good news items this fall has been the soybean story. Yields in Ontario this fall were outstanding, reaching record highs in some areas of the province while at the same time off combine prices reached seasonal highs.  Demand is strong for soybeans from countries like China.  Already everyone is speculating on the… Read more »

Is the Hog Business Drowning in Canada – Harry Siemens

I have never owned a hog or participated in the business at all but from the outside it does appear to be a very tough financial business. I have had several chats with producers that have been in the business for a long time and the concerns are real for the long term sustainability of… Read more »

The Farm Succession Saga: Part One

By Dick Haney Succession, or as some call it- Sucksession, the silent killer of small business, is potentially the Ebola disease of family business longevity. I am going to approach this topic from a different number of directions over the course of a number of weeks. This topic will be analyzed and dissected from the… Read more »

Agriculture Bankers Need to Go “Old School” To Be Successful

By Shaun Haney There was a time when your banker was your friend, your confident and your advisor.  This was especially true in agriculture where farmers had a very close relationship with the man that was lending them the money.  Your banker lived in the community, he knew your business, he analyzed it, and gave… Read more »