Severe and chronic — those are the words often used to describe the shortage of workers for the agriculture industry. The numbers back up the scope and scale of the problem, as outlined in the latest Labour Market Information survey released by the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC). The report, compiled by the Conference… Read More

If you’ve ever attended a formal meeting, it starts with an agenda and an agreement of what’s to be discussed. These two simple things are actually profoundly important to a productive, respectful meeting. An agreed-upon agenda is just one small part of good governance, says Deb Stark, independent board member and former deputy minister of… Read More

Canadian homeowners affected by the Underused Housing Tax (UHT) will have until April 30, 2024 to file their returns for the 2022 calendar year without being charged penalties or interest. Dubbed “transitional relief,” the last-minute extension will allow more time for those impacted to file their UHT returns without penalty, says Minister of National Revenue,… Read More

Decisive Farming and GrainFox have announced a new partnership to combine digital grain trade and selling options for Canadian farmers. GrainFox, a provider of digital agricultural and financial tools, delivers data-driven insights to farmers through a mobile or desktop interface. It provides marketing insights and crop sales recommendations customized to each farm business. By integrating… Read More

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) has announced a new loan program to help cattle producers maintain or expand herds in the face of high cattle prices and tight feed supplies. The FCC Replacement Heifer Program is a loan with a maximum two-year period of interest-only and a maximum life of seven years. For this loan, variable… Read More

Short-term bounces in grain prices should be viewed as selling opportunities in an overall bearish market, according to the president of grain marketing advisory firm IntelliFarm. The lack of bullish news on both the supply and demand sides of the balance sheets for most major crops has resulted in prices sliding over the last few… Read More

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) tracks changes in farmland values closely. This week, FCC published its Mid-Year Land Values report, and in it, puts overall average growth of Canadian farmland in the first six months of 2023 at 7.7 per cent. There were pullbacks in the rate of growth in some provinces — B.C., Ontario, and… Read More

When it comes time to replace cows in the herd, one of the biggest questions producers face is whether to raise their own heifer calves or buy in bred-heifers or young cows. Kathy Larson, research associate and extension economist at the University of Saskatchewan, recently joined RealAgriculture’s Lyndsey Smith to discuss the factors to consider… Read More

Even as inflation continues to grow and increasing borrowing costs have put pressure on farm incomes, farmland values across Canada rose 7.7 per cent in the first half of 2023, according to Farm Credit Canada’s Mid-Year Land Value report. Tight supply has continued to support land appreciation for now, says FCC chief economist J.P. Gervais…. Read More

 

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