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Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Jul 1, 2016
Some alfalfa growers in the western part of the South Dakota have not been able to even get a first cutting yet, according to Karla Hernandez, Extension Forages Field Specialist at the South Dakota State University Extension, Watertown Regional Center.


Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Jun 24, 2016
Agriculture’s 24/7 workload poses special issues for payroll. Most farmers assume they are not required to pay overtime for any farm work performed by their employees, points out Paul Neiffer, a CPA with CliftonLarsonAllen in Yakima, WA. But given the new rules imposed by the Department of Labor (DOL) starting Dec.

Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Jun 10, 2016
The so-called extender legislation late in 2015 made permanent the provision allowing a retiree to move funds directly from an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to a charity without income recognition. The key feature is that these transfers count for the annual Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) that every IRA holder over age 70.
Cattle and Beef Markets
by DTN
Jun 3, 2016
I get this question about once a month: Mom is moving to assisted living, her house is being sold, and the attorney said we should see our tax adviser. If Mom owned and occupied the home as her principal residence for at least two of the five years preceding the sale, the first $250,000 of gain on the sale is tax-free in her 1040.


Cattle and Beef Markets
by DTN
Jun 3, 2016
trust then conducts the sale. In the case of machinery, the trust would be the temporary owner of the machinery and arrange the auction. The proceeds from the grain sale or the machinery auction come into the trust taxfree and are held by the trustee to pay the income amount at the specified dates (e.


Livestock Industry Opinions
by DTN
Apr 15, 2016
start in more ways than one. Not only is seasonal beef demand experiencing great difficulty in locating the first rung on the ladder to Memorial Day, neither one of our major political parties seems to be making real progress in crowning a presidential nominee.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Mar 21, 2016
Phil Seng, President and CEO of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), said the time is not ripe to make any volume increase forecast for exports to Japan, but the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) will surely enhance the competitiveness of

Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Feb 29, 2016
Howard Buffett wants farmers to voluntarily embrace more conservation practices before they risk facing more regulatory control. Buffett also said last Thursday he opposes the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) controversial waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, saying it may be impossible for farmers to comply with it.


Cattle and Beef Markets
by DTN
Feb 22, 2016
The outlook for ag credit conditions deteriorated sharply in late 2015, based on a fourth-quarter survey by the Kansas City Federal Reserve. Bankers expected a surge of farm loan demand and loan renewals and the steepest drop in repayment rates in the last decade, the survey found.


Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Feb 22, 2016
“I’m not sure we can continue to ignore the fact that there are restrictions to how we use some of these herbicides if we then follow up with an annual forage crop,” Iowa State University Extension Beef Specialist Joe Sellers told growers and livestock owners in a webinar hosted by the Practical Farmers of Iowa Feb.


Cattle and Beef Industry 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?



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