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2016 February 26
Just a year after officials with California’s Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS) garnered national headlines by shutting down an oyster farm within its borders, three anti-grazing groups have filed suit, contending that the ranchers who graze the property just north of San Francisco should be removed as well.


2016 February 26
The 2015-2016 Dietary Guidelines for Americans released in January continue to support lean beef in a healthy diet. That is good news for beef producers across the country and for Nebraska beef producers, who are providing the healthful protein to local schools through farm to school programs.


by USDA
2016 February 22
In 2016, payments to stakeholders are forecast to increase by $3.3 billion (4.8 percent), while net value added is forecast to rise by 1.3 percent. Net value added represents the sum of economic returns to all the providers of factors of production.


by USDA
2016 February 22
Agricultural exports support job growth in the U.S., and the number of jobs depends on the type of products exported. In calendar year 2014, $150 billion in U.S. agricultural exports supported an estimated 1,132,000 full-time civilian jobs, up from the 1,095,000 agricultural export-related jobs the previous year.


2016 February 22
Both net cash and net farm income are forecast to decline for the third consecutive year after reaching recent highs in 2013 for net farm income and 2012 for net cash income. Net cash farm income is expected to fall by 2.5 percent in 2016, while net farm income is forecast to decline by 3 percent.


2016 February 22
With the final 2015 trade data in hand, it is possible to look back and summarize 2015 North American cattle trade. Limited cattle inventories, market conditions and exchange rates all played a part in 2015 cattle trade between the U.S. and Canada and suggest what might be expected in 2016.


by DTN
2016 February 22
In the situation you describe, assuming the decedent held 100 percent of the property, the heir or heirs can sell with modest capital gain tax if the sale price is close to the appraised value of the property at date of death.


by USDA
2016 February 22
Canada and Mexico are the two largest sources of U.S. agricultural imports and account for about one-third of the total value, while the combined value of imports from the countries that comprise the European Union roughly equal the value of imports from Canada.


by USDA
2016 February 22
Cash receipts across all commodities are expected to fall by nearly $9.6 billion in 2016. As in 2015, this decline largely reflects falling commodity prices rather than changes in production, which are lower for a broad set of agricultural commodities in 2016 relative to recent years.


by DTN
2016 February 22
The outlook for ag credit conditions deteriorated sharply in late 2015, based on a fourth-quarter survey by the Kansas City Federal Reserve. Bankers expected a surge of farm loan demand and loan renewals and the steepest drop in repayment rates in the last decade, the survey found.


by USDA
2016 February 22
Animal/animal product cash receipts increased by 43.8 percent in real terms from 2005 to 2014, but are estimated to have declined by 12.5 percent in 2015 and are expected to fall an additional 4.3 percent in 2016 (to $181.4 billion) in nominal terms.


by USDA
2016 February 22
The new Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) programs, introduced in the 2014 farm bill, are expected to account for almost two-thirds of direct payments to farm operations. Payments under both of these programs are contingent on a producer’s prior enrollment of “base” acreage and prevailing conditions.


2016 February 22
If it’s one thing I’ve learned in my 25 years of serving farm and ranch families, it’s that they hate paying taxes. While most producers are good at reducing their annual income tax bill, typically by purchasing machinery or equipment, many are less familiar with strategies to save taxes when they go to sell ranch property.


by WLJ
2016 February 22
Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association presented Rocky DaCosta of Bedford County with the Backgrounder of the Year Award at its annual convention. Pictured (from left) are: TCA President Gary Daniel; Dr. Emmit Rawls; DaCosta, and his wife, Cindy. Photo courtesy of Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association.


by WLJ
2016 February 22
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that any person who shall appropriate, excavate, injure, or destroy any historic or prehistoric ruin or monument, or any object of...