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Cattle and Beef Industry News
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Aug 11, 2017
Since the 1980s, Section 41 of the tax code has provided a credit to a business that increases its research and development (R&D) expenditures. The tax credit applies to businesses that conduct scientific testing, including biological research, and do so with a process of experimentation to develop new or improved performance or reliability.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Aug 4, 2017
President Donald Trump endorsed legislation last Wednesday to change the U.S. immigration system and reduce the number of legal immigrants coming into the country. He emphasized highly educated immigrants over those who are regarded as low-skilled laborers, which could be interpreted to mean those in agriculture.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Aug 4, 2017
Conaway announced at the beginning of a farm bill listening session in San Angelo, TX, that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue would not attend the session as he had planned because President Donald Trump had called a cabinet meeting to introduce Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly as his new chief of staff.
Cattle and Beef Markets
by DTN
Jul 7, 2017
Whether the Republicans can accomplish federal tax reform is still an open question. If enactment does occur, it seems more likely the changes will be effective in 2018 rather than retroactively in 2017. As the process plays out in Congress, here are some points to consider if passage looks likely.
Livestock Industry Opinions
by DTN
Jul 7, 2017
Despite the fact that JBS had enjoyed an impressive growth curve through Brazil and parts beyond for more than 50 years, the global meat giant was treated like the new kid on the block by the U.S. media when it first made “worthy” headlines in 2007.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Jun 23, 2017
With cash flow tight and income taxes not an issue for many producers, here’s an idea if a major piece of equipment needs to be replaced. Assume it’s an old tractor that’s fully depreciated but has a market value of $80,000. Rather than a traditional trade-in, consider applying that equity into an operating lease of the replacement asset.

Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Jun 9, 2017
Last week, J&F Investments, the firm that controls JBS SA, agreed to pay a fine of $3.2 billion (10.3 billion reais) for its role in a bribery scandal that involved Brazilian President Michel Temer, as well as past presidents in the country. Reuters reported JBS will have 25 years to pay off the fine.
Cattle and Beef Markets
by DTN
May 12, 2017
Congress has given some unique privileges in the tax code to farmers. The most important is undoubtedly the ability to use the cash method of accounting. Income is only taxed when converted to cash. All other businesses that deal in goods, rather than services, must use the accrual method.
Livestock Industry Opinions
by DTN
Apr 14, 2017
I remember a situation many years ago in which a son told his “retired” father to stop interfering in the business, and he threatened to call the sheriff the next time Dad set foot on the ranch. Calling law enforcement? That sounded so extreme, I thought.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Mar 24, 2017
Cattle producers often comment on seeing more dogs on their farms and that they hear coyotes at night and finding what appears to be dog manure on top of a hay bale. They then ask, “Do I need to worry about neospora infecting my cow?” Veterinarian Ken McMillan says it is first important for producers to understand what neospora is.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Mar 10, 2017
Last Monday, wildfires pushed through the area, burning everything in their path—including the farmhouse that Robinson and her sister grew up in. While her nephew, who lived in the house, was not hurt, Robinson said the loss of buildings, livestock and fence was extremely overwhelming.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Mar 10, 2017
President Donald Trump should make reestablishment of country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for pork and beef part of the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), an open markets advocate told a National Farmers Union (NFU) audience last Wednesday.
Livestock Industry Opinions
by DTN
Mar 10, 2017
Though Louis Dinklage has been dead for more than 30 years, his name still causes more than a few ears in feedlot country to perk up. Part of this enduring attention is understandably tied to Dinklage’s historical contribution to the development of large-scale cattle feeding.


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