Tag: FCC

Quebec farm transitions through 11 generations

The road that runs along the St. Lawrence River’s north shore from Montreal to Quebec City is known as the Chemin du Roy (King’s Road). Built during the French regime, it was the colony’s very first road. In 1667, shortly before marrying a fille du roy (king’s daughter) named Élizabeth Crêtel, Nicolas Langlois acquired land… Read more »

What can young people do to start a farm transition discussion?

Three transition experts share their advice on the best way for the next generation to start the farm transition conversation. Show them you mean business Since any successful inter-generational transition must become a business transaction, I’ve found that young people who begin with a business approach tend to be taken more seriously. What’s this look… Read more »

Think transition, not succession

Despite armies of well-meaning accountants, bankers and consultants urging them to do so, many Canadian farm families don’t have a plan in place to transfer ownership between generations. It could be the word succession that’s getting in the way. This can imply an abrupt change, when the older generation is booted out to pasture and… Read more »

Here’s to the rancher: FCC salutes Canadian ag

Kent Barritt loves his family, his farm, and the Canadian agriculture industry.  Watch his family’s video and see why their fourth-generation beef operation means the world to him. “It’s a dream for me. And dreams don’t happen being lucky. They happen with a lot of passion, a lot of hard work and a lot of… Read more »

Canadian GDP shows better growth; interest rates may edge higher

Wednesday was a big day for economic news in both Canada and also for our friends south of the border, in the United States. Here at home, the market is digesting the most recent GDP data for November, while the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee made the decision to hold interest rates in the country…. Read more »

China’s economy still showing strong growth

Every week, there are mountains of global economic data to shuffle through. The past week’s info has Farm Credit Canada’s vice president and chief agricultural economist, JP Gervais, thinking about the direction of China’s economy. “If we just focus on China, economic growth of 6.7 percent — that’s actually pretty strong,” says Gervais, referring to… Read more »

Agvocate — do you embrace or avoid this term?

Agvocacy, agvocate, advocating for agriculture… As a farmer or rancher, do you like these words? Do you embrace these terms? Whether you embrace “agvocacy” or avoid it, what would the implications be in five years if the entire sector adopted your position? Producers tend to have strong positive and negative reactions to the activity of… Read more »

Farmland Prices Continue Climbing With Weaker Dollar

The average value of farmland in Canada continued to rise at a double-digit rate in 2015, according to Farm Credit Canada’s annual farmland values report published on Monday. FCC says “this year in particular, the differences between regions within each province varied a lot,” but the average value of farmland across the country rose by… Read more »

Back To Ag Program Ready for Second Round of Funding Applications

Five farmers have been awarded funding through a program called “Back to Ag”— the funding supports the cost of adaptive technology that injured farmers or agricultural workers need to return to farming. Created by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) and supported by Farm Credit Canada (FCC) and the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF), the Back… Read more »

FCC Launches Social Media Campaign to Get Injured Farmers #BackToAg

Farm Credit Canada, along with the Rick Hansen Foundation and Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA), have launched #BackToAg – a social media campaign to help raise money for a new program that helps get injured farmers back to doing what they love best. From May 29 to June 13, Farm Credit Canada, Rick Hansen Foundation,… Read more »

Farm Safety: Let’s Talk About It

Farm safety leaders are convinced talking is as necessary as safety equipment and training in preventing farm injuries. So maybe it’s not surprising the theme for this year’s Canadian Agricultural Safety Week, which runs March 9-15, is Farm Safety: Let’s Talk About It. Dean Anderson of Guelph, Ont., the agricultural program manager for Workplace Safety… Read more »

Ag More Than Ever is Changing Perceptions, More to Be Done: Lyndon Carlson

Farm Credit Canada launched a massive, industry-wide PR campaign last year not for itself but for the entire agriculture industry. Yes, agriculture — farming, food, the industry, farmers — for everyone. The Agriculture More Than Ever movement has since been joined by several partners, including RealAgriculture.com, with a goal of connecting consumers to agriculture and… Read more »

FCC Launches New FM PRO App – Matt Van Dijk, Farm Credit Canada

The uptake of mobile technology by farmers has been very documented and discussed on our site.  Another app has hit the app store to improve farmer’s efficiency and productivity while on the go. At Canada’s Farm Progress show in Regina, Shaun Haney, RealAgriculture.com Founder,  talked to Matt Van Dijk about FCC’s new mobile app that… Read more »

What’s Your Land Purchase Strategy?

With growth like we’ve seen in the last five to 10 years, buying farm land is as close as you can get to a sure bet, right? While it’s true that money invested in land recently has returned far more than you’d make in more public investments, it doesn’t mean the investment is without risk…. Read more »

FCC Land Value Report Spring 2013 – J.P. Gervais, Farm Credit Canada

Land prices seem to have endless upward momentum. Farm Credit Canada’s latest land value estimates suggest some very impressive gains in values when taken on their own, but put those numbers over a three to five year span, and the bull run on prices seems unstoppable and nearly unbelievable in some cases. But it would… Read more »