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Separating your commodity and currency decisions

April 2017

Currency fluctuations can be almost as significant as changing prices for your farm products. ...continue reading

Take this marketing test

March 2017

To make sure you’re making smart marketing decisions, you need to honestly answer a few questions...continue reading

Risk Management: Farmers Could Learn From Insurance Companies

February 2017

Insurance and farming couldn’t be more different, you might think. ...continue reading

Farming Big Data: Myths, Misperceptions & Opportunities in Agriculture Commodity Hedging

January 2017

Part 1: We're awash in market information and using modern approaches can help manage &understand it all ...continue reading 
Part 2: Trend-watching can tell us a lot about markets, but won't necessarily mean better results...continue reading 
Part 3: Option-based strategies can help get more out of a chaotic market filled with randomness & unpredictability ...continue reading​


Top three marketing resolutions for 2017

January 2017


Effective Use Of Financial Tools Already At Your Fingertips — David Derwin

November 2016



Borrowing at 0% interest is about as good as it gets.

When only 20% of producers are using available cash advance programs, like the one administered by the Canadian Canola Growers, you have to question why more farmers are not taking advantage of effective borrowing programs.

Shaun talked with David at the Ag Excellence Conference about why producers are reluctant to use the tools available to them and how you can learn by doing to become a more profitable farm in the long run. Continue listening… here or here

Price next year’s crop now

November 2016

Analyst urges farmers to make at least some fall 2017 cash sales now to protect prices…...continue reading

"You grew it... Make them pay" - Elevate your marketing from good to great

September 2016

Commodity marketing can be like dancing a two-step with work boots on. Your timing is often off, you’re dragging your feet, and you trip way too often...continue reading

Hard Times for Farmers Hits Potash Demand

August 2016

David Derwin, Commodities Portfolio Manager of PI Financial joins Bloomberg TV Canada’s Pamela Ritchie to discuss demand for potash as Potash Corp and Agrium are in merger talks...continue watching

David Derwin with PI Financial says many farmers do not take advantage of marketing options to protect their revenue

June 2016

He says the most common used tools are production contracts and basis contracts...continue listening

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