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In 2019, input price volatility is expected to be a pressing factor for UK farmers as the weather condition of 2018 and energy inflation take their toll. Larger businesses can benefit from economies of scale and ever-improving levels of technical efficiencies and output. Key areas to drive efficiencies on-farm are likely to be genomics to increase output […]
Price volatility is a major concern for farm businesses. “Nearly half of the UK’s farmers are not confident about their future, with price volatility identified as their biggest challenge,” according to an article in the Scottish Farmer Magazine. Volatile prices and land availability were listed as the two biggest barriers to profitability, which echoes the feedback we get here at Stable. […]
The January USDA report is important as it would finalize the 2018 crops helping everyone in the supply chain plan for the coming season. Without the monthly guidance the USDA offers, potential corrections in the future may be large and this can amplify price volatility. This impact is all the more exaggerated as the CFTC’s Commitment of Traders (COT) report […]
The US has passed a new farm bill which is similar to its 2014 predecessor and the UK is debating a bill that would result in a major change in agricultural policy. The bill is the first of its kind in nearly 50 years, focusing on UK agriculture policy without the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the EU and direct payments based on acreage. […]
Like dairy farmers the world over, farmers in the US have struggled with highly volatile milk prices and feed costs. The causes of this volatility include familiar factors such as currency fluctuations and the delicate balance of global demand and supply forces to name but a few. Here’s a look at the US government’s margin protection insurance program for dairy farmers and how it tries to help combat volatile milk prices and input costs. […]
For British food companies, these are uncertain times. Brexit looms large and worries about the future labour market are clearly top of the agenda for Boards up and down the country. The 2018 annual food and drink report from the advisors BDO asked the UK food industry ‘What are the top 5 risks and challenges in the next year?” Perhaps it should be no surprise to see Brexit at the top of the list, followed by pricing pressures from customers and retention of labour. Brexit and its effect on the labour market is clearly a huge issue for both our farming and food clients…
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