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Cattle and Beef Industry News
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Sep 19, 2014
If a small employer has been providing group coverage and the group premiums remain affordable for that employer, there is no reason to change. Further, the employer and employee continue to be free to negotiate any split of the premium costs.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Sep 19, 2014
Most Midwest crop producers fixate on February futures prices. That’s the month when market averages set the bulk of federal crop insurance guarantees for the coming growing season. But Luke Smith, a partner in his family’s Rochester, IN, grain operation and commercial elevator, thinks outside that February timeframe.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Sep 12, 2014
The checkoff is overseen by the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board (CBB), but it is essentially run by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NC- BA). The Beef Board approved a $40.2 million budget for fiscal year 2015 at its summer meeting, down 2.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Sep 12, 2014
stocks being sent to China, DTN Senior Analyst Darin Newsom said ending stocks shouldn’t be as large as the 140 mb USDA projected in August. That fact is playing out in the futures spreads and U.S. basis market. The national average basis is $1.55 over the November contract, but “U.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Sep 5, 2014
A recent Kansas State University feeding trial showed that lower application rates in ammoniation can be effective when feeding low quality forage with wet distillers grains (WDG), according to Justin Waggoner, Beef Systems Specialist for Kansas State University Research and Extension.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Sep 5, 2014
The comprehensive tax reforms under discussion in Washington include a subject of great importance to farmers—the cash method of accounting. The cash method is used by many taxpayers in addition to farmers, specifically service businesses and professional practices.
Cattle and Beef Markets
by DTN
Aug 22, 2014
The tax law defines a hedge as a transaction in the normal course of business to minimize the risk of price change with respect to inventory or supplies. This requires a producer to have a hedging position that’s opposite the physical position on the farm and within normal production ranges.
Cattle and Beef Markets
by DTN
Aug 22, 2014
Japan banned beef from the U.S. and Canada in 2003 because of BSE. The beef came back in 2006, albeit limited to meat taken from cattle aged up to 20 months as an anti-BSE measure. Certain “specified risk materials” (SRMs) with high risk of carrying BSE were also forbidden.
Livestock Industry Opinions
by DTN
Aug 22, 2014
Sometime in the late 1920s, after countless nights of craning his neck through the nooks and crannies of the Milky Way, Edward Hubble concluded that the universe was indeed still expanding in the wake of the Big Bang, that first true spark of herd building launched 13.
Cattle and Beef Markets
by DTN
Jul 25, 2014
Corn importers don’t have to look far for supplies, either. With China’s hesitance to take U.S. corn, due to that country’s failure to approve corn with the MIR162, South Korea is enjoying the availability of Asia-bound freighters and lower prices. Imports of dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) also are doubling.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Jul 25, 2014
Republican members of the Senate Agriculture Committee finally got their meeting with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy last Tuesday and urged her to withdraw the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, but a McCarthy spokeswoman said issues with the rule can be handled in the agency’s comment process.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Jul 11, 2014
What are your thoughts about a charitable remainder trust in this instance? The couple could create a lifetime income stream and use the deduction to offset that income. Perhaps they could also set up a wealth replacement trust (life insurance) to benefit the children if they have concerns about leaving those sale proceeds.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Jun 20, 2014
Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in a landmark tax case last week that would not only set a precedent for absentee landowners with Conservation Reserve Program contracts, but could potentially redefine tax treatment of cash rents, conservation easements and other types of passive income if allowed to stand, farm managers and legal scholars say.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Jun 20, 2014
It is unclear how long the Senate debate will last because the agriculture bill has been packaged with two other appropriations measures in what is being referred to as a “minibus” as opposed to the omnibus bills that sometimes fund the government when Congress doesn’t pass individual appropriations bills.


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