Ag Economist Topics
Good working capital is always important, but when there’s a weakening economy or an industry with declining income – as we expect in 2017 – it’s also your first line of defence. This post examines two ratios you can use to help ensure you’ve got that in place: the current ratio, and the working capital to gross revenue ratio.
Income is the primary source of repayment for loans. In this point, we'll look at interest rates and the risks they pose for the capability to meet financial obligations. Explore how to focus on efficiency to control costs, boost income and protect the ability to repay debt.
Canadian asset values outpace U.S. growth in assets. Asset values in Canada have climbed each year over the last five, and they’re expected to continue climbing in 2017, an indication of a healthy farm economy.
In this post, we’ll look at what’s ahead in 2017 and dive into the difference between your farm income statements and balance sheets. They’re basic financial tools, but important to master because they drive your business decisions.
FCC Senior Economist Leigh Anderson explains how the value of the Canadian dollar is decided and why a lower loonie can benefit the Canadian ag industry.
J.P. Gervais explains how gross domestic product (GDP) and emerging markets play a major role in defining Canada's export market.
Canadian crop receipts are projected to increase in 2016-17, while livestock receipts are projected to decline slightly.
Leigh Anderson, provides an update of the impact of the Canadian dollar on agriculture commodities and farm input prices.
FCC Chief Agricultural Economist JP Gervais offers insight into what producers should consider when negotiating rental rates as crop margins decline.
The concerns around debt aren't new in Canada. Discussions of Canadian consumer debt - totaling more than $1.8-trillion as of April 1 - have sounded alarm bells. Canadian farm debt climbed at a time when the overall farm economy boomed. Net cash income at the farm level increased from $6.9 billion in 2004 to $12.7 billion in 2013.