Ag Economist Topics
Comparison of farm financial health between Canadian and U.S. farms
The rising Canadian dollar and its impact on producer profitability.
Dry conditions and excessive moisture will impact producers’ returns, but risk management plays an important role in mitigating losses.
The Canadian dollar and oil prices have followed different patterns recently. Interest rates are currently driving the value of the Canadian dollar, and that’s good for Canadian agriculture.
Borrowing costs should climb in the second half of 2017 as the outlook for the Canadian economy improves.
Farmland values in Canada, Australia and the U.S. differ, because they’ve followed very different trends in farm income.
Canadian crop receipts are projected to remain relatively unchanged in 2017, mostly driven by strong production and solid foreign demand.
Canadian livestock receipts are projected to rebound in 2017, mostly driven by stronger production.
Canadian farm debt reached a record-high $96 billion in 2016, but Canadian agriculture remains financially healthy.
The 2017 fruit outlook signals a mixed industry with apples prices softer than 2016 and near the historical average, cranberry prices remaining weak, and average grape prices trending slightly higher.