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The Hunter family has a plan so future generations can carry on the family farm legacy.

Family through succession: Putting the Hunter plan into operation

"The best thing you can do to protect your legacy is to be a part of planning what it will be.”

Reading Time: 7 minutes We wrap up the Hunter family succession story with this final article in our five-part series. It has been a remarkable venture for our team to share with Country Guide readers the transition-planning journey undertaken by this family. The process took just over one year, from the start to the finish of the plan, and […] Read more

Increasing costs related to farming are making your decisions more important and sometimes more difficult as well.

Farm fit

Maybe the phrase “Standardized Financial Benchmarks for Canadian Farm Financial Statements” doesn’t instantly get your blood pumping. But read on. Could this be the tool that lets you control your future?

Reading Time: 8 minutes Like many others, Larry Martin is convinced that Canada’s agriculture is evolving far faster than anyone driving a few miles of country sideroad could guess. The scenery hasn’t changed. At least, it hasn’t been transformed. It’s still a patchwork of crisp farmsteads and open fields, and of barns and bins. But those who live here […] Read more


Last year, Statistics Canada revealed Canadian farm debt exceeds a record $100 billion dollars.

Borrowing our way to prosperity

Is it healthy for Canada’s farmers to have more debt than 130 of the world’s national governments?

Reading Time: 5 minutes Farmers and the ag industry love to set records. They drool over variety yields, bushels per acre, acres per hour, rates of gain, and any other metric that might portray them as more productive, efficient or simply better than their competitors. Yet barely a word was mentioned last spring when Statistics Canada revealed Canadian farm […] Read more

Brazil meat company Minerva plans IPO by Chilean unit

Reading Time: < 1 minute Sao Paulo | Reuters – Brazilian meat company Minerva SA plans an initial public offering in Santiago of its units outside Brazil as a way to reduce its debt, according to a securities filing on Tuesday. After a capital increase at its Chilean subsidiary Athena Food, Minerva said it will gather its operations in Paraguay, Uruguay […] Read more


Seven summer financial bottlenecks

In biz-speak, a bottleneck is a point of congestion that causes delays or inefficiencies, leading to higher costs. It’s a perfect metaphor for farm finances at a time of year when the bottle we’d rather be thinking about might have something cold in it, with us sitting on a dock. Yet summer is a too-good-to-miss[...]
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Paying cash makes him more aware of costs, says Drew Fowler. “It’s easy to put something on credit.”

The critical role of cost control on the farm

Guide Thrive 2015: Upgrading your planning, tracking and benchmarking processes isn’t always easy, but it can put you in charge of your farm’s future

Reading Time: 5 minutes Forget good luck. As a strategy, it obviously has its weaknesses. Worse, it takes your eye off the factor that really makes a difference — how good you are at tracking and managing your costs. If there’s any luck involved in that, says Drew Fowler of Eyebrow, Sask., it’s a word that never comes to[...]
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“It’s important to put some controls on who can enter the data, who can read it.” —Lance Stockbrugger

Real-time financial management for farmers

Is it good, or too good to be true?

Reading Time: 5 minutes It sounds like a dream come true, placing current financial data at the fingertips of everyone involved in the farming enterprise so you can make better, more efficient on-the-spot decisions at critical crunch times. And it might not be a pipe dream any longer. “It’s just the way the world is working,” says Lance Stockbrugger,[...]
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