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Flaming frost, Flipping wind, dastardly dry, blooming rain – Is there anything we can do about it?

Posted by Andrew Whitelaw on 22 January 2018

Anyone who has worked in Australian agriculture for more than a couple of days will have heard one of the above, albeit most likely with stronger adjectives.

If there is one guarantee for farmers in Australia it’s that we are at the mercy of the gods when it comes to weather. In such a big country, there will always be an area where something will be going wrong with the weather.

Many of you will have heard about multiperil crop insurance, but what about weather insurance & derivatives. Are these a suitable risk management option for protecting against the weather?

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Topics: Risk management, Agriculture, insurance

Corporate Ag Investment: "Doing the right thing"

Posted by Robert Herrmann on 13 January 2018

Long term food producers (farmers) have noticed the positive sentiment that’s been rolling over the ag sector in recent times. An evolving situation of increasing world income, a growing population – particularly the wealthy middle class; greater appetite for amplified consumption of protein, and an at best constrained capacity for increased productivity (at least in the traditional sense), all suggest a cautiously positive outlook is here.

Corporate ag investment, could provide opportunities for co-investment or alternatively is this the time to cash in on years of diligent and painstaking investment in the family farm? Other than financial returns what other factors are investors taking into account?

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Topics: agriculture debt, Agriculture

Rain, hail or shine: is multiperil crop insurance the answer?

Posted by Olivia Agar on 8 December 2017

I know I’ve probably lost a few readers just from the mention of insurance, but for the greater good I will persist. This season we saw optimism in the harvest spread far and wide until mother nature unleashed a series of abnormal weather events. We’ve all heard the stories of those that are uninsured. The devastation from hopes for a good year to a near wipe out so close to harvest have been felt widely.

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Topics: Agriculture

There and back again.

Posted by Matt Dalgleish on 8 December 2017

You could say that my journey to agriculture was a long one, full of many seemingly unrelated twists at turns. Although, it may surprise some (coming from a city born chap) that my earliest of work experiences came from an on-farm environment.

From that perspective I was “there” in agriculture at the beginning and now I’m “back again”.

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Topics: Agriculture

Some entertaining solutions for harvesting!

Posted by Andrew Whitelaw on 24 November 2017

The Australian harvest has started, and most areas will be in full swing within the next fortnight. There will be some long days and nights ahead of you in the header.

Let's be honest, harvest can get a bit boring. To alleviate that boredom, each of the Mecardo analysts have provided a recommendation of a podcast which they enjoy to help you wile away the hours.

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Topics: Agriculture

An Unexpected Journey to Agriculture

Posted by Olivia Agar on 24 November 2017

How did a 24-year-old girl from Sydney's southern suburbs of 'The Shire', with no family ties to farming end up set well into a career in agriculture? Well that’s an excellent question, and one I get asked often, generally accompanied by very baffled expressions from the asking persons.

Given National Agriculture day this week, and a time to celebrate all things agriculture, I'm going to share the tale of my unexpected journey into Ag.

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Topics: Agriculture

2016/17 Federal Budget - Agriculture highlights

Posted by Andrew Whitelaw on 4 May 2016

The treasurer Scott Morrison released the federal budget last night. It was largely bereft of any major surprises with hints in the days leading up to the budget of it being in favour of small businesses and middle income earners.

In this blog post we have highlighted some of the budget items impacting on agriculture and agribusiness.

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Topics: Agriculture

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