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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…
Cedric Porter looks at farm volatility and the impact of agricultural commodity stocks and extreme weather patterns on farmers and food production. The response by the world’s farmers to the lack of food was remarkable with grain production up 6.5% between 2007 and 2008 and consistent gains since adding to the world’s stocks […]
Stable’s founder and CEO Richard Counsell discusses the House of Lords’ groundbreaking report on price volatility in farming and its key conclusions. The report recommends the development of a range of financial instruments to help farmers manage risk, and to encourage governments across the EU to work pro-actively with the financial sector to develop more accessible, innovative and practical risk management tools.
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