Business Side

Business side: AgriStability update

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M.) WHAT IS AGRISTABILITY? (J.J.) AgriStability is affordable coverage for the unexpected. The program provides coverage for large declines in your income that can be caused by any combination of unexpected increase in costs, hostile [Read more]

Business Side

Business side: Vacant buildings

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M) WHAT DO FARM OWNERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT INSURING VACANT HOUSES OR BUILDINGS? (C.H.) Insurance considerations still need to be made on houses and outbuildings on any farm property, even if they are left [Read more]

Business Side

Business side: A residential landlord

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M) SOME FARMERS ARE RENTING VACANT HOUSES ON FARMLAND THEY OWN OR HAVE RECENTLY ACQUIRED, WHAT DO GRAIN FARMERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BEING RESIDENTIAL LANDLORDS? (B.K.) There are plenty of rules and responsibilities that [Read more]

Features

Collaborative field crop research

IMPROVING GENETICS

THIS YEAR MARKS an important milestone in Canadian field crop genetics research. Results are being finalized for 12 projects in the Canadian Field Crop Genetics Improvement Cluster — a collaboration between the Canadian Field Crop [Read more]

Business Side

Business side: Tax season update

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M.) WHAT’S NEW FOR THIS YEAR’S TAX SEASON? (W.R.) Whether you’re impacted or not, most farmers are aware of recent tax changes made to private corporations. Most of the changes aimed at converting income into [Read more]

Business Side

Business side: A great farm employer

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M.) WHAT MAKES A GOOD FARM EMPLOYER? (H.W.) It doesn’t matter what type of business you are hiring employees for, a good employer provides clarity. On the farm, I recommend employers focus on clarity of [Read more]

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Business side: Retaining employees

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M.) THE WORKPLACE SAFETY AND INSURANCE BOARD (WSIB) HAS MADE CHANGES TO THE EMPLOYER PREMIUM RATES. HOW WILL THE CHANGES AFFECT ONTARIO GRAIN FARMERS? (S.B) Farmers and farm employers are among the 300,000 businesses in [Read more]

Business Side

Business side: Retaining farm employees

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M.) MANY FARMERS ARE ALSO EMPLOYERS, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES OF HIRING FARM WORKERS? (H.W.) Farming is unique in many ways. Typically, farmers don’t get involved in farming to become farm employers or [Read more]

Business Side

Business side: Farmland protection

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M.) FARMLAND LOSS IS A SERIOUS ISSUE. TELL ME ABOUT ONTARIO FARMLAND TRUST AND YOUR ORGANIZATION’S PURPOSE. (K.E.) Ontario Farmland Trust (OFT) works with farmers to protect farmland forever. According to the 2016 census, Ontario [Read more]

Business Side

Business side: Life insurance

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M) WHY IS LIFE INSURANCE IMPORTANT? (C.A.) Life insurance can be hard to discuss, but it’s imperative to protecting the financial security of your family and farm business by providing a tax-free lump sum benefit [Read more]