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2015 June 19
The U.S. Constitution gives Congress the authority to conduct monetary policy. Beginning with the 1913 Federal Reserve Act, Congress has delegated this authority to the Federal Reserve (Fed). Congress has provided the Fed with a dual mandate: price stability and maximum employment.


by DTN
2015 June 19
“Growers have the newest fleet of equipment in the last 40 years. They can run without high repair bills,” notes Wade Litton, General Manager of Wade Inc., a John Deere dealership with 11 locations in the Mississippi Delta. Well-tooled operations combined with an abrupt collapse in grain farm incomes and uncertainty over Sec.


by WLJ
2015 June 12
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, released last Wednesday, altered estimates for beef production and trade. The result is a mostly mixed situation compared to pork and chicken. Estimates on corn production and supply changed only slightly.


2015 June 12
Cash fed cattle trade was again at a snail’s pace last week as packers hoped for—and again likely missed—an opportunity to buy cattle cheaper. By the close of trade on Thursday, not even 4,000 head had been confirmed sold. Though volumes were too low to establish a trend, live cattle sold for $155 and dressed for $246, steady with the prior week.


2015 June 12
Seasonally, this is a time of year when the cash price for calves finishes its increasing pattern. The summer sales volume tends to be low and prices tend to be more volatile. In recent weeks the price level has risen back to near $300 per cwt., just shy of last fall’s record price level.


2015 June 12
A charitable remainder trust (CRT) enables a family selling a farm or ranch to avoid tax on the sale of their land, livestock and equipment and generate lifetime income for retirement. In addition to saving taxes and generating a lifetime income, a CRT provides several other benefits:.


by WLJ
2015 June 12
If an estate has a value greater than the exemption amount ($5.34 million in 2014), it must file a return. An estimated 2.7 percent of farm estates would be required to file an estate tax return in 2014, with about 0.8 percent of estates owing any federal estate tax.


2015 June 5
Last week, packers and feedlots had a standoff on cash fed trade. Early week indications suggested futures prices would decline sharply—mostly due to concerns over poor seasonal demand and declining wholesale beef prices—prompting packers to hold off and possibly buy fewer cattle.


by WLJ
2015 June 5
April exports of U.S. pork reached the largest monthly volume in more than a year, while U.S. beef exports remained on a record value pace through April, according to data released by US- DA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) last week.


by DTN
2015 June 5
For too many, planning means a focus on next week’s activities. However, when it comes to income taxes, the perspective needs to be long-term. Today’s tax rate system is insanely complex (by design, but that’s a topic for another day). The hazard is not merely a more steeply graduated rate system; it’s also the layering of additional taxes (the 3.


2015 June 5
“Net Return” is the gross return of CDs or the S&P 500 adjusted for inflation. While stocks incur more risk, CDs offer a fixed rate of return, and the interest and principal on CDs will generally be insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation up to $250,000.


2015 May 29
Cash trade was slow to develop during the holiday-shortened week last week, and early expectations were for a steady to lower trade compared to the prior week’s $159-161 live and $250-253 dressed prices. As of close of trade last Thursday, 967 head had been confirmed sold with volumes too low to establish the week’s price trend.


2015 May 22
The markets may well be on the precipice before the fall, or they could have some good times ahead. It’s anyone’s game at this point, and it all depends on the consumer at the meat counter. How much beef are they willing to buy for the traditionally best beef demand period of the year, and how much are they willing to pay for it?.


2015 May 22
As a result, the biggest and most immediate impact for consumers is in egg markets, especially in the north central part of the country. The reduced supply of table eggs as well as breaking eggs used in food service will impact consumers directly and indirectly.


by WLJ
2015 May 22
In the U.S., 10.5 cents of a typical dollar spent by consumers on domestically-produced food in 2013 represented value added by farm producers, up 8 percent from the previous two years. Products and services provided to farmers by agribusinesses, such as fertilizers and veterinary services, accounted for 2.


by WLJ
2015 May 15
If you are considering selling a farm or ranch, there are important tax and financial planning issues of which you need to be aware. Engaging in planning prior to a sale is critical for identifying these issues and for implementing strategies to effectively address them.


2015 May 15
Retail beef demand is teasing the market with thoughts that it might be improving. The futures— both live and feeder—responded in kind with rising cutout values. And if the minimal cash fed trade that developed by Thursday afternoon was any indication, so too did the cash market.


by WLJ
2015 May 15
Production estimates for this year were increased 58 million pounds to 24.34 billion pounds, mostly on increased carcass weights. This plus trade changes upped the estimates for per capita availability of beef by a half-pound to 54.6 pounds per person.