“Hog producers may face a cash shortfall in addition to personal hardship and stress,” Duguay said. “We stand by our customers over the long term, helping them pursue opportunities and overcome challenges. Producers need our support and as a leader in financing to Canadian farmers, we have a responsibility to step up and help.”
“We’re monitoring the situation closely and have been in touch with our hog customers over the past several months. This announcement reinforces what we have already put in place. We stand ready to assist them with any short-term financial challenges they may face as a result of this accumulation of unfavourable production conditions.”
Demand for red meat is expected to be strong in the coming months, according to FCC’s Cattle and Hog Outlook Update, as barbecue season approaches in Canada.
Pork has been increasingly more affordable compared to other major proteins over the past few months, which could drive increased consumption.
“The affordability of pork means that producers who are well positioned in the domestic market could benefit from increased demand in the coming year,” explains J.P. Gervais, FCC’s chief economist. “The challenges in the hog sector won’t be resolved quickly, especially in the East with less slaughter capacity and reductions in the Quebec hog herds. While 2023 will be difficult, there is positivity for 2024 and beyond with the new future profit-sharing options between Quebec processors and producers.”
Customer support is a central part of FCC’s business. The federal Crown corporation will consider additional short-term credit options, deferral of principal payments and/or other loan payment schedule amendments to reduce financial pressures on hog producers. FCC will also offer flexibility, and even a combination of options based on the individual needs of its customers, since each farm financial situation is unique.
Hog sector customers who are experiencing cash flow pressures are encouraged to contact their FCC relationship manager or the FCC Customer Service Centre at 1-888-332-3301 as soon as possible to discuss their individual situation and options.
Although FCC customer support is being offered in specific locations, Canada’s leading agriculture lender offers flexibility to all customers through challenging business cycles and unpredictable circumstances on a case-by-case basis.