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A farm debt discussion

FINANCIAL RATIOS

CANADIAN HOUSEHOLD DEBT is on the rise. It’s all over the news, as financial consultants speculate about rising interest rates, soaring housing prices, and consumers constantly turning to credit to purchase the latest tech gadget, [Read more]

Business Side

Business side: Go global to expand

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M) CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHAT GLOBAL MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO CANADIAN GRAIN FARMERS? (R.R.) Today’s global marketplace for commodity exports is highly competitive. Canadian agriculture’s greatest strengths and differentiators are our people and the [Read more]

Business Side

Business side: Farm advisors

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M) WHAT ROLES CAN FARM ADVISORS HAVE AS PART OF A FARM MANAGEMENT TEAM? (C.C.) Farm advisors offer a specific area of expertise that can compliment an internal farm management team. Many advisors specialize in [Read more]

Business Side

Business side: Equipment insurance

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M) WHAT DO FARMERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT INSURING FARM EQUIPMENT? (R.N.) Farm equipment is typically insured under a farm policy. In some case, equipment can also be covered under a home owner policy if [Read more]

Business Side

Business side: Building prevention

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M) WHAT FIRE CODE REGULATIONS DO FARMERS NEED TO BE AWARE OF WHEN PLANNING NEW ON-FARM BUILDINGS? (J.E.) Prevention and maintenance are key when it comes to reducing the risk of fire and should be [Read more]

Business Side

Business side: Fire risks

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M) WHAT TYPE OF FIRE RISKS DO TRACTORS AND EQUIPMENT POSE ON THE FARM? (J.Z.) Motorized equipment, especially tractors, produce a significant amount of heat even after being powered off and stored. As farms grow [Read more]

Business Side

Business side: Distracted driving

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M.) WHAT IS DISTRACTED DRIVING? (K.S.) Distracted driving is most often associated with cell phone use. Under the Highway Traffic Act, motor vehicle drivers in Ontario cannot use a hand-held device while driving. And while [Read more]

Features

On-farm emergencies

HAVE A PLAN FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

NO ONE CAN ever really prepare for an emergency. The cause, scale, and impact are unpredictable, especially on a farm where emergencies or accidents can include anything from barn fires or tractor roll overs, to [Read more]

Business Side

Business side: No trespassing

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M) HOW CAN FARMERS PREVENT TRESPASSERS ON THEIR PROPERTY? (K.S.) Whether intentional or not, trespassing occurs across rural Ontario. Simply defined, trespassing is the unlawful entry onto private property of another and can include conducting [Read more]