Business

  • Set up your 2008 tax strategies now.

    Improved grain and oilseed prices along with bumper 2007 yields in some areas are bringing many farmers a welcome financial boost. […]

  • Lock in profits for 2011.

    This year’s crop was a long way from the bin when Jack Stewart started thinking about what he’ll grow next year […]

  • Customer loyalty? Show them the money.

    Pedigreed seed grower Edmund Lefsrud lives both sides of the customer/supplier divide and he’s all for building long-term ties to the […]

  • Micro-ID keeps thieves at bay.

    For years, sales had been slow for Ron Kroeker’s “Cropgard” coded flakes. But business is picking up as farmers consider the […]

  • Good market intelligence heads off bad production decisions.

    In an era of government mandated, check-off funded commodity groups, there is one organization that is strikingly different — the United […]

  • Good marketing math makes money.

    As huge market fluctuations complicate decisions on where and how to sell your crops, many farmers turn to industry newsletters or […]

  • In praise of mediation.

    A lot of succession plans begin in a lawyer's office, but that approach can cost families more than money, says professional […]

  • Get a grip on foreign markets.

    Food produced by Canadian farmers is reaching more regions of the globe every year. It could be reaching still more foreign […]

  • EI benefits extended to farmers.

    Thousands of Canadians cheered November 2009’s announcement by the federal government that Employment Insurance benefits including maternity and other care leaves […]

  • Pulse Canada launches bid for better export shipping services.

    For transporting pulses internationally, the shipping container is a natural choice. And it was a good fit with transportation companies, who […]

  • The want ads go electronic.

    Thanks to the Internet, it's now possible for a farm employer in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, to find the perfect candidate for […]

  • A business built on happy customers.

    Popular myth aside, it’s not all that uncommon to find people who are optimistic about the future of agriculture. What’s rare […]

  • Tighten those supply-chain links.

    Tired of haggling over crop input prices and delivery dates? Try changing your approach to farm supply negotiations, suggests Remi Schmaltz, […]

  • Farmer focuses on cash flow.

    Income deferral strategies have long had a place in farmers’ tax-saving arsenal, and Treherne, MB producer Brent Metcalfe believes he’s tried […]