Each year, the North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association (NDBCIA) summarizes the average performance of beef cattle herds that are utilizing the Cow Herd Appraisal Performance Software (CHAPS) programs.
It seems like it's time to become a political activist. There are a bunch of issues that Congress and the Obama administration need to take seriously this year before real damage is done. The first issue that comes to mind is the death tax. In just four short months, the tax code reverts back to the old one where tax rates increase to 55 percent for estates valued in excess of $1 million. As many of you know, this tax plan can blow up the family farm or ranch. As a matter of fact, any business that is long on
Most of the problems with hobby loss audits involve people who have a history of losses with their ranch, farm or horse venture. The IRS tends to say that the activity is not conducted as a business, so that the tax losses are disallowed. This can be a substantial tax payment for quite a few taxpayers.
As those who are involved in the process of selling beef know, once a commitment is made, that commitment needs to be honored. With the tight supplies of beef and the need to plan long term, kinks in the supply chain can make for some very long days..
The USDA/Department of Justice workshop on competition in agricultural markets drew a big crowd to Fort Collins, CO, Aug. 27. The audience, reported at 1,300 individuals, represented the entire spectrum of the industry, but it was clear that the populist producer groups managed to pack the seats
Livestock producers have long had an ambivalent attitude about meat packers. They complain that packers make profits at their expense. Yet when producers own meat companies, the results have often been disastrous. Producers have discovered that operating a successful meat plant or company has unique challenges not understood by outsiders.
If one stands by the fence and discusses calving, most producers are sympathetic to the late- calving cow. At least she has a live calf, is the general response. That is true, but the challenge is to move beyond acceptance and perhaps refocus and rethink this subtle, but real acceptance of late-calving cows.
better place. He served as president of the Nevada Farm Bureau for After a life of service to country, many years and always took an in- community and family, Robert Floyd terest in local and global agricultural Thomas died Aug. 4, peacefully, after a long illness in Paradise Valley.
Mexico recently stepped up the pressure on the U.S. to resolve the dispute over allowing trucking companies to send trucks into the U.S. to deliver goods from south of the border. Under the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) the U.S. was required to allow Mexican trucks access to
It has been a topic of conversation among cattle producers and industry analysts a lot this year. Everyone wonders when the cattle cycle will turn. When will producers begin to grow their herds? When will inventory numbers begin to rise? The answers aren’t clear, but what is clear is that
Interestingly, the largest volume consumer desired products would appear to be identified by USDA quality grades and programs. These include Prime, Choice and Certified Angus Beef. These high-volume products bring a premium in the marketplace that is available to any producer capable of supplying them.
The Dickinson Research Extension Center has fed cattle for many years. For at least the last 14 years, the center has fed cattle in a commercial feedlot. Those cattle have performed well, but a struggle always remains between weaned-calf value, backgrounded-calf value and fed-calf value.
The U.S. Justice Department and USDA’s Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration will hold their next competition workshop this Friday, Aug. 27, in Fort Collins, CO. These workshops were scheduled last year for the government to learn more about livestock
She was the dearly beloved and cherished mother of Jeff R. (Roberta) Kunde and Keith L. (Stacey) Kunde, all of Kenwood, and Marcia M. (Jim) Mickelson, of Bennett Valley. She was the adored grandmother of Jared Kunde, Bobby Mickelson, Jenna Kunde, Jamie Mickelson, Jordan Kunde and Kash Kunde; as well as the loving sister of Robert Coley, of Colorado.
Natural resources use is big business, and the distribution of resources like natural gas is really big business. By now, a lot of you have learned about El Paso Corporation’s plans for the $3 billion Ruby Pipeline running from southwest Wyoming across northern Utah and Nevada and into
The beef checkoff is possibly the most contentious issue ever involving the cattle business. This self-help program has created more heartache among folks trying to do something positive for the industry than I have ever seen. It appears that everyone wants to love the checkoff to death
In hobby loss audits, the IRS sometimes views various types of ranching activities as a means of generating tax losses, rather than a profitoriented venture. That was the issue in the Tax Court case, Ralph Wesinger, Jr., v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue.
The cattle business is very dynamic, so it is very easy to get lost in the shuffle. The current news or the latest color print catches our eyes and we start talking. Our conversations tend to be filled with lots of thoughts sprinkled with a few facts.