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2016 November 11
The dust is settling on Election 2016, but the issues that motivated Americans to vote are not going away. International trade in particular was a big campaign issue for President-elect Donald Trump. Some have argued his positions on the issue helped rural America rally around him.


2016 November 11
The cash fed cattle trade was— relatively speaking—very slow to develop last week. By close of trade Thursday afternoon, just under 21,000 head had been confirmed sold with most of that volume selling on Wednesday. Half of that volume was attributable to the Fed Cattle Exchange, which sold almost 11,000 head of its nearly 13,000 offered head.


2016 November 4
“Some extra homework needs to be done this year to ensure profitability, explains Taylor Grussing, South Dakota State University (SD- SU) Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist. “With the forecast for low cattle and crop prices to continue for one year or more, taking time to compare the advantages and disadvantages of raising replacements vs.
by DTN
2016 November 4
Generally, if a 1040 has a business loss that drives the return into negative territory, the net operating loss can be carried back two years (i.e., a 2016 tax loss carries first to 2014, then forward to 2015, and if large enough, onward to 2017, etc.). But if the loss arises from a farming business, a special five-year carryback applies.
2016 November 4
By close of trade Thursday afternoon, over 53,000 head had been confirmed sold. Prices reported on Thursday—$102-105 live and $162-164 dressed—maintained the recent trend of the Fed Cattle Exchange setting the high for the week.


2016 October 21
The volatility in the cattle futures has caused much tongue wagging and heartburn for producers. But our futures markets have a long history in which to develop problems. Elsewhere in agriculture, a new market is being created and its stewards are hoping to avoid a lot of those problems before they begin.
by USDA
2016 October 21
Net value added represents the sum of economic returns to all stakeholders and equity owners. Stakeholders provide the hired labor, leased capital, and rental land used in agricultural production, but in most cases do not directly share risk in the short term.
by DTN
2016 October 21
In early August, the IRS released draft regulations that, when effective, will impose major restrictions on valuation discounts of family-controlled entities. This represents a major change in the tax system, and the clock is ticking before the new rules become final.
2016 October 14
August was a strong month for U.S. red meat exports as beef export volume was the largest in nearly two years and both beef and pork exports posted the highest monthly values of 2016, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).
2016 October 14
The beef industry’s transition to larger beef supplies in 2016 has been challenging. A persistently bearish psychology and ridiculous volatility in live and feeder cattle futures recently has contributed to a meltdown in cash markets and a mood among producers that is best described as fear.
2016 October 14
Cash fed cattle trade got underway relatively early last week. On Thursday afternoon, over 83,000 head had been confirmed sold, half of it that day, but the other half of it on Tuesday and Wednesday. The apparent trend towards earlier trading and more distributed sale volumes might be a good thing, but the prices sure weren’t.


2016 October 14
If you’re a market watcher, you’ve noticed the extreme drop-off in trim prices this year. A history-focused market watcher would additionally note today’s 50 percent lean trim prices are almost half of what they were when consumer panic over “pink slime”— properly called lean fine-textured beef—tanked that market in 2012.


2016 October 7
Despite calls for a late-week trade in the cash fed cattle market, by Thursday afternoon over 62,000 head had been confirmed sold throughout the week. Prices were slightly lower than the prior week—$99-103 live and $157-160 dressed—which was in keeping with early-week expectations, but the speed at which the trade was accomplished was unexpected.


2016 September 30
Do you have your market umbrella out? The sky is falling again. The cash fed cattle trade was ugly last week as cash prices again flirted with the $100 point. Trade volume was surprisingly high and sales came surprisingly early. Over 60,000 head had been confirmed sold by close of trade Wednesday at $103-104 live and $160-163 dressed prices.


by DTN
2016 September 30
This continues the discussion that ran in the Aug. 15 issue on tax alternatives to assist with higher education costs. Section 529 college savings plans, already a popular tool for parents and grandparents to invest funds for a youngster’s higher education costs, were recently enhanced by Congress.


by USDA
2016 September 30
Improvements in how efficiently inputs are transformed into outputs, known as Total Factor Productivity (TFP), fueled almost all of the output growth. Advancements in technology—such as improvements to machinery, seeds, and farm structures—enabled agricultural TFP to grow an average of 1.


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