Category: Finance

CFA lobbies for more time and changes to government tax proposal

Members of Parliament are back at their seats for the fall sitting of Parliament, and tensions are high, with the Conservatives and NDP questioning the Liberals’ proposed tax changes announced in July. Farm groups and farmers have also been vocal in criticizing the government’s plan. “I don’t think the government realized the opposition that would… Read more »

Tax change answers — Part 1: Income splitting

There’s a reason most farms pay accountants to provide tax planning advice. Taxes are complicated. Add multiple pages of new information, unclear definitions, ‘tax cheat’ accusations, some emotional rhetoric, and it’s a challenge, even for accountants, to assess what Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s proposed tax changes could mean for an individual farm business. We’re going… Read more »

Ag minister avoids saying much on tax changes

With farmers, farm organizations, and accounting firms that work in agriculture voicing serious concerns about the federal government’s proposed tax changes, Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay broke his media silence on the subject on Friday afternoon. For all of 50 seconds. The Full Story: Facing the politically dangerous choice of siding with the farm community or… Read more »

Getting crunched: Government squeezes on farms are adding up

I’m fortunate enough to get to meet all kinds of farmers. Usually when we meet, the conversation is a standard one. What’s the weather been like or how is the harvest going? Politics, just like sex and religion, is usually left out of it. Until recently. Farmers keep bringing it up in their conversations. That… Read more »

Ag ministers reach deal on new framework dubbed the “Canadian Agricultural Partnership”

Agriculture ministers from across Canada say they reached an agreement in St. John’s today on the core elements of the next agriculture policy framework, which will be called the “Canadian Agricultural Partnership.” CAP is a five-year $3 billion federal-provincial-territorial funding agreement that will replace the current framework, known as Growing Forward 2, which expires at the… Read more »

MYFB — Ep. 25: Steering through business risk and financial risk (and what’s the difference?)

Risk — a four letter word that drives farmers crazy. As farmers, our chances of success are greatest when we know the risks we’re exposed to and hav emitigated risks that are in our control. To help us dive deeper into the topic of risk – specifically business risk and financial risk – RealAgriculture’s Shaun… Read more »

Canadian net farm income grew 7.6% in 2016: StatsCan

StatsCan has released its net farm income report for 2016 and the results may surprise you considering the livestock and commodity market that producers faced. According to the report, revenue held fairly stable while it was declining operating expenses that allowed net farm income to rise. A full breakdown of the report, including provincial comparisons,… Read more »

Ottawa extends consultation on potential elimination of deferred cash tickets

The federal government is extending the comment period for its proposal to potentially eliminate the deferred cash ticket option for grain sales. The department of finance, on Tuesday, announced the consultation period that was originally scheduled to end May 24th will remain open beyond seeding season, until July 24. When delivering a listed grain (such… Read more »

MYFB — Ep 24: Can break-even be your worst case scenario?

If when you think of risk in farming you think only of uncontrollable things, like the weather and global trade, or only crop price slides, you’ve likely missed an opportunity to take a more proactive approach to risk management. While it’s easy to get overwhelmed by ‘what if’ scenarios and all the different forms of… Read more »

Poll: Do You Use Deferred Cash Tickets To Manage Taxes?

The federal government is proposing the elimination of deferred cash purchase tickets for grain sales — a tool used by farmers to manage cash flow for tax purposes from one year to the next. When delivering a listed grain (such as wheat, oats, barley, rye, flaxseed, or canola), producers have long had the option of asking… Read more »

Ag Minister Announces Changes to FCC’s Young Farmer Loan Program

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced changes to Farm Credit Canada’s Young Farmer Loan program in Ottawa on Wednesday. FCC will double the amount of credit available to individual farmers under the age of 40 — raising the maximum to $1 million from $500,000, said the minister. The ag lender will also lower the minimum down-payment… Read more »

Effective Use Of Financial Tools Already At Your Fingertips — David Derwin

Borrowing at 0% interest is about as good as it gets. When only 20% of producers are using available cash advance programs, like the one administered by the Canadian Canola Growers, you have to question why more farmers are not taking advantage of effective borrowing programs. According to David Derwin, of PI Financial, only 5 to 10%… Read more »

Buying Land? You Need a Plan — An Agricultural Excellence Conference Preview

For farmers, buying land can be the biggest business decision you make. It’s also a tremendously emotional decision that many famers make without fully considering all the ramifications, explains Alberta Agriculture farm financial specialist Rick Dehod. “Is it a need or a want?” asks Dehod, who says many times buying land is what farmers want,… Read more »

Farming is a Changed Game — Terry Betker on Measuring Your Farm’s Success

What’s your farm’s liquidity? If you know, do you think it’s enough? Could you be missing out on opportunities because of a lack of liquidity? Access to working capital, or liquidity, is just one measure of a farm’s business that can be an indicator of how competitive a farm can be, says Terry Betker, president and… Read more »

MYFB — Ep. 23: Four Elements of a Well-Crafted Farm Business Plan

The finding is staggering. A recent IPSOS Reid poll found that certain farms achieve five-times higher return on assets because of one key element. Perhaps more surprising is how accessible this element of a farm business is — it’s a written business plan. That number is impressive, but even more striking is the associated finding that… Read more »