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, … Continue reading What Causes Commodity Price Volatility?Continue reading Posted on December 2, 2017 by Richard Counsell
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 … Continue reading First Fintech then AgritechContinue reading Posted on December 2, 2017 by Richard Counsell
A Video Introduction to Stable
As we prepare for launch after 2 years of work on a simple tool for farmers to manage volatility- here’s a short video overview from the Stable teamContinue reading Posted on December 1, 2017 by Richard Counsell
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 … Continue reading Volatility Protection. Ripping it up and Starting Again.Continue reading Posted on November 12, 2017 by Richard Counsell
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, … Continue reading House of Lords Volatility InquiryContinue reading Posted on May 15, 2017 by Richard Counsell
It All Began in Cavan
There are few moments in our professional lives that really matter. I’m talking about those decisions that can propel you in a new direction, or that leave you quietly cross with yourself that you didn’t grab the opportunity when it came along. Here’s my story of one of those moments and what happened next.Continue reading Posted on March 6, 2017 by Richard Counsell