Projects

Benchmarking

Performance Benchmarking for Ontario Dairy Farms: Shaping the Future through Understanding the Present The dairy industry has made significant contributions to the Canadian economy. The Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (FARE), in collaboration with the School of Computer Science, is developing a performance benchmarking application for dairy farmers to input data and be given performance results compared to their peers in their geographical area. Benchmark results will help dairy farmers understand their operations’ performance, and set performance goals to remain competitive and viable.

Farm Production Efficiency and Competitiveness

Dairy Industry Cost Structure, Productivity and Economic Efficiency: Enhancing Farm Level Long-term Competitiveness and Sustainability Remaining competitive in the production of milk in Ontario is important because of the decline in the demand for some local dairy products due to 1) demographic changes and, 2) gradual increase in imports for milk components or dairy products imports. The recent TPP agreement that provides access to 3.25 per cent of Canada’s annual dairy production to its TPP partners (and CETA agreement) that underscore the long-term challenges facing Ontario’s dairy industry.

Food Processing Sector Productivity and Competitiveness

Trade, Competitiveness and Blockchain: Productivity, Innovation, and Product Differentiation Increasingly, anti-trade sentiments, often fueled by the idea that trade has created more losers than winners, have become increasingly common in foreign policy. This is exemplified by Britain’s vote to exit the European Union (Brexit), opposition by the U.S. to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the ongoing renegotiation of the North-American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Our project examines the competitiveness of Ontario and Canadian food manufacturing firms by adopting novel/disruptive technologies.

Dairy Benchmark Website

Farm Business Risk Management

Do Business Risk Management Program Payments enhance producers’ productivity and investment in productivity enhancing activities? The purpose of the project is to examine the relationship between Business Risk Management programs and firm level productivity; and to examine the competitiveness of livestock and crop/oilseed farms using productive efficiency measures. Agricultural policy frameworks such as Growing Forward are intended to enhance the productivity, competitiveness, and profitability of the agricultural sector in addition to stabilizing farming income.