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Succession Planning


Farm Succession Planning: Reflections and Suggestions - May 11th, 2012


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OMAFRA Succession Planning

A detailed set of succession discussions on the
University of Vermont's website


Description

Host: Dr. B. James Deaton,
Dept. Of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (FARE), University of Guelph

Interviewee: Jennifer Stevenson

Produced by: Jakub Hyzyk, Centre for Open Learning and Educational Development (COLES), University of Guelph

In this podcast Jennifer Stevenson and I discuss farm succession planning. Jennifer is the Business Finance Program Lead with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).

Our discussion identifies a number of issues that are important to any succession plan. In addition, Jennifer identifies a number of issues that are unique to farm succession planning. Our discussion emphasizes the value of farmland and the challenge of including land use and land ownership issues in succession planning.



 

Property Rights

Right to Property



The Origins, Nature, and Content of the Right to Property: Five Economic Solitudes - February 15th, 2012


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Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics

The Origins, Nature, and Content of the Right to Property: Five Economic Solitudes

Description

Host: Dr. B. James Deaton,
Dept. Of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (FARE), University of Guelph

Interviewee: Dr. Glenn Fox

Produced by: Dr. Richard Gorrie, Centre for Open Learning and Educational Development (COLES), University of Guelph

In this podcast Dr. Glenn Fox and I discuss his longstanding interest in property rights and his recent publication in the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics. Glenn argues that a better understanding of property rights is important to understanding a number of contemporary issues in agricultural and natural resource economics.

Glenn's article identifies five different theories regarding the origin of property rights: (1) Classical Liberalism, (2) Libertarianism, (3) Legal Positivism, (4) Pragmatism, and (5) Utilitarianism. We discuss some of these issues in the context of regulatory 'takings', the Canadian Wheat Board and controversies regarding raw milk consumption in Canada.



 

Canadian Wheat Board

Assessing the future of wheat marketing in Canada



The Canadian Wheat Board (CWB): Assessing the future of wheat marketing in Canada. - October 20, 2011


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For more publications by Dr. Fulton, visit:
https://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/fulton
https://www.kis.usask.ca/publications/pub-cwbliterature.html

For info on past publications on the debate in agricultural economics concerning the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB):

Description

Host: Dr. B. James Deaton,
Dept. Of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (FARE), University of Guelph

Interviewee: Dr. Murray Fulton

Produced by: Dr. Richard Gorrie, Centre for Open Learning and Educational Development (COLES), University of Guelph

In this podcast Dr. Murray Fulton and I discuss the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB). Specifically, we assess the current marketing arrangement under the CWB and changes that will occur if the CWB's single-desk authority is removed. Murray reviews the history of the Canadian Wheat Board and anticipates a future without it. Murray ends the podcast by directing our attention to issues that will be of ongoing interest as future events unfold.

Dr. Murray Fulton is an agricultural economist and a professor in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan. He has a long interest in agricultural policy and in marketing systems. He is the co-author of a report by the Economic Council of Canada titled "Canadian Agricultural Policy and Prairie Agriculture," and has extensively studied the structure and behavior of agricultural marketing systems.



 

Rural Canada Trends and Policy

Understanding "Rural" Canada: Terms, Trends, and Policy



Understanding "Rural" Canada: Terms, Trends, and Policy - October 19, 2011


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Publications
Rural & Small Town Canada Analysis - Highlights

Régions rurales et petites villes du Canada - Points Saillants

Reimer, Bill and Ray D. Bollman. (2010) "Understanding Rural Canada: Implications for Rural Development Policy and Rural Planning Policy." Chapter 1 in David J.A. Douglas (ed.) Rural Planning and Development in Canada. (Toronto: Nelson Education Ltd.)

Description

Host: Dr. B. James Deaton,
Dept. Of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (FARE), University of Guelph

Interviewee: Ray Bollman

Produced by: Dr. Richard Gorrie, Centre for Open Learning and Educational Development (COLES), University of Guelph

My conversation with Ray Bollman discusses terms, trends, and policy issues relevant to understanding “rural” Canada. Throughout our discussion of trends and various policies, Ray emphasizes two characteristics of rural: remoteness and population density. We discuss a number of specific trends including: the decline of the relative importance of the farming sector (in terms of employment) and the rise of manufacturing in rural areas. Income trends and income disparity between rural and urban areas is also discussed. We also review general policy approaches to addressing rural issues. Ray ends the interview on an optimistic note citing recent trends in net migration to rural areas for people between the ages of 25 and 65. Looking to the future he notes that it is important to consider the possibility that return migration to rural areas is motivated (perhaps to a large part) by the want to return home to live with family in a friendly community.

Ray Bollman has been the focal point in Statistics Canada for rural research and analysis since he organized a conference in 1990 and published the proceedings in 1992. He initiated Statistics Canada "Rural and Small Town Canada Analysis Bulletins" in 1998 and continued as the editor up to his recent retirement from Statistics Canada. There are now 62 rural bulletins on the Statistics Canada website.



 

Recipes for Reality

Standards: Recipes for Reality



Standards: Recipes for Reality
July 15, 2011


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Host: Dr. B. James Deaton,
Dept. Of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (FARE), University of Guelph

Interviewee: Dr. Lawrence Busch, Department of Sociology, Michigan State University

Produced by: Dr. Richard Gorrie, Centre for Open Learning and Educational Development (COLES), University of Guelph

Dr. Lawrence Busch and I discuss his book "Standards: Recipes for Reality." Dr. Busch argues that standards play a central role in constructing reality. We discuss this argument in general and examine the important role that standards play in contemporary agriculture. In this context we discuss the system of standards, certifications, and accreditation that, in part, shape our economy. Dr. Busch also provides guidelines for developing fair, equitable, and effective standards.

Dr. Lawrence Busch is University Distinguished Professor in the Center for the Study of Standards in Society in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. More details about him and his forthcoming book can be found at https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/standards



 

Food and Fuel Prices

Food Prices



Food Prices
July 4, 2011


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Host: Dr. B. James Deaton,
Dept. Of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (FARE), University of Guelph

Interviewee: Dr. Patrick Westhoff, Director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI), University of Missouri (MU).

Produced by: Dr. Richard Gorrie, Centre for Open Learning and Educational Development (COLES), University of Guelph

Dr. Patrick Westhoff and I discuss his new book: "The Economics of Food: How Feeding and Fueling the Planet Affects Food Prices" published in 2010 by FT Press. Our discussion examines the major factors that explain the rise and fall of food prices from 2005-2009. We assess what this means for producers and consumers and discuss how these economic forces will continue to influence food prices and our assessment of agricultural policy.



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