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Are Futures Stuck in the Past?

How many commodity futures traders have stepped foot on a farm?   During my time in Chicago in 2015, I met with a number of commodity futures traders socially, and while most knew large amounts about the volatility of the various commodities they were trading, hardly any knew anything about farming. Few had even been…

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Crop Insurance for British Farmers Discussed in Parliament

Play the video below to watch the Commons EFRA committee discuss Crop Insurance and its application for the future of British farming. Guy Smith, Vice President of the NFU states, ‘we need new strategies and tools to help farmers manage volatile prices. Volatility is likely to increase post Brexit due to foreign exchange fluctuations, increasingly…

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Agricultural Risk. The Three Pillars of Uncertainty

Family farms are exposed to a bewildering array of agricultural risk. These many risks sit largely below three main pillars of uncertainty, each with many subsets below them. Climate and its link to yield Disease Market Price and Volatility Farmers tend to be practical people who are well used to rolling up their sleeves and…

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“Breakthrough Product to Manage Milk Price Volatility” says Farmers Guardian

Running with the headline “Breakthrough Product to Manage Milk Price Volatility”, the Farmers Guardian’s reporter Ann Hardy reports on how the Stable initiative is preparing to help family dairy farmers manage volatile milk prices and protect them against risk.  Click the image below to read all about it… Alternatively this article can be read on…

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Stable’s Price Insurance Featuring at 2018 NFU Conference

Learn how a Nuffield Scholarship led our founder to create  a groundbreaking price insurance initiative which aims to help UK farmers tackle one of the biggest issues in agriculture; commodity price volatility. Come and meet the Stable team at the NFU conference in Birmingham this year on 20 and 21 February.  Our founder, Richard Counsell,…

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Stable’s Grain Price Volatility Insurance features in Eastern Daily Press

Managing grain price volatility was bought into sharp focus in early February when Richard Counsell, Stable’s founder and Nuffield Farming Scholar featured at the Sentry Farming Conference.  Sentry is one of the UK’s largest farming businesses.  With a focus on crops , it produces around 90,000 tonnes of cereals, 5,000 tonnes of pulses, 14,000 tonnes…

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What Causes Commodity Price Volatility?

Farmers of all types and locations are regularly placed at the mercy of commodity price volatility.  Whether we’re buying or selling, we often have little real idea what prices we’ll need to pay for inputs or what amount we’ll get for our commodity.  It makes accurate financial planning very difficult. The 6th Century Chinese General,…

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First Fintech then Agritech

In the last few years there has been much talk about agritech innovation and its potential to help a renaissance in British farming. Using technology to produce ‘more from less’ offers probably the best chance for British farming to achieve a much-needed boost in real-term productivity. I was recently invited to attend Agri-Tech East’s REAP…

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Volatility Protection. Ripping it up and Starting Again.

Will US style volatility protection methods work for farmers in Europe?  Across the pond, accepted wisdom is that the US crop insurance programme has to be publicly funded to help farmers with affordable premiums. Market failure is the most commonly cited reason for justifying this enormous expense to the US taxpayer. The theory goes that…

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House of Lords Volatility Inquiry

In May 2016, the House of Lords published its farming volatility report “Responding to price volatility; creating a more resilient agricultural sector”. Stable’s founder and Somerset farmer, Richard Counsell contributed to the report from an “insurtech” perspective.  The views of many other leaders from the UK’s agriculture sector were also sought, alongside those from Canada,…

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