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News
by DTN
Jan 29, 2016
As separate proprietors, we each get a full $500,000 limitation. Our crop insurance and government program payments are individual. All of our machinery is identified as purchased by an individual but is paid for out of an account for the group. Is this arrangement OK?

News
by DTN
Jan 29, 2016
and the Senate. Meanwhile, on the legal side, it could be some time before the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, OH, determines whether it has jurisdiction to hear multiple legal challenges to the rule that agriculture and other industries fear will expand federal jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

News
by DTN
Jan 22, 2016
Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay said that Canada opposes the U.S. Agriculture Department’s plan to set up standards for a voluntary country-of-origin labeling (COOL) program for beef and pork, but the subject did not come up when MacAulay met with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently.


News
by DTN
Jan 8, 2016
Five months ago when farmers were looking ahead to a grim 2016, “we thought we would see a lot of pressure on cash rents,” recalled Jim Farrell, President of Farmers National Company in Omaha. “But in reality, most professionally-managed cash rents are staying even or are down 5-8 percent.

News
by DTN
Jan 4, 2016
A Morgan Stanley survey of commercial insurance brokers shows a 12.6 percent increase for individual insurance policies in 2016 and a 13.5 percent increase for small group rates. But some ag producers are grappling with steeper increases.


Markets
by DTN
Dec 27, 2015
Albert Einstein supposedly remarked that the hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax. That may have been a quick quip back then. If he were around today and encountering the individual retirement account (IRA) distribution rules, he’d be dead serious.


Markets
by DTN
Dec 11, 2015
The cost is a variable, depending on the types of assets transferred and your attorney fees to draft the documents. The IRS has issued sample pre-approved CRT documents, which makes it easier for the attorney (see Rev. Proc. 2003- 54).


News
by DTN
Dec 11, 2015
“What’s interesting to us is U.S. farm assets versus debts,” McBride said. “As a banker, one of the things we focus on is, does anybody get over-leveraged when their financial situation changes? We feel generally that farmers are in solid shape financially.


Markets
by DTN
Nov 20, 2015
It’s 1040 time, and the farm client slides a new Schedule K-1 across the desk, explaining, “I invested in my brother-in-law’s used car dealership in California.” My inner voice of experience is thinking: I’ve just heard three facts and they’re all trouble.


News
by DTN
Nov 6, 2015
is outstanding, he said, averaging 215 bushels per acre (bpa). Although irrigated yields were more typical at about 230 bpa, his wholefarm corn yield average will likely be a record. Moisture is averaging around 14 percent with test weights of 62 pounds per bushel.


News
by DTN
Nov 6, 2015
30, passed the budget act that suspends the nation’s debt limit through March 2017 and increases federal spending for domestic and defense programs by more than $80 billion over the next two years.


News
by DTN
Oct 30, 2015
El Niño is the term used to describe a large-scale warming of the equatorial Pacific waters, along with an atmospheric circulation which results in sustained west-to-east low-latitude jet stream winds. The current El Niño was first identified in March of this year.


News
by DTN
Oct 30, 2015
The initial results were good, but his sandy soils couldn’t sustain fertility and erosion started to take hold. Unperturbed, and armed with initial recommendations from Brazil’s state crop research institute (Embrapa), Mathias started to experiment with alternating beans and cattle.


Markets
by DTN
Oct 23, 2015
Fed cattle prices declined more than $20 per cwt. from late August to early October, and early estimates of September losses are as high as $350 per head, according to Purdue University Ag Economics Professor Michael Langemeier. If the trend continues, October losses could soar to $550 per head.


Markets
by DTN
Oct 16, 2015
The economy hit the skids about the time we formed the partnership, and for most years the Schedule K-1 allocations were insignificant. There really was not any profit until 2015. This year the company made a large sale, and my share of the profit is in excess of $300,000.


Opinion
by DTN
Oct 16, 2015
Forty-one years ago this summer, Gerald Ford stared into the barrel of constitutional chaos and recited the shredded remains of the presidential oath. With pardon in pocket, Tricky Dick (Nixon) tearfully waved from his helicopter and the threatening sluices of Watergate began shutting down.