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Jun 26, 2015
This arrangement also has estate tax risk. Given that the payments back from the children are implicitly for Grandpa’s lifetime, the IRS could also apply Section 2036 to pull the property back into his estate at death (assuming Grandpa’s net worth exceeded the estate tax exemption and the IRS had estate tax to collect also).


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by DTN
Jun 26, 2015
Two features of the 2014 farm bill’s crop insurance coverage will be expanded to winter wheat and other crops starting in 2016, US- DA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced recently. The move should aid growers besieged by extreme yield swings due to drought or excess moisture, although the benefits won’t come without higher premium costs.


Markets
by DTN
Jun 19, 2015
“Growers have the newest fleet of equipment in the last 40 years. They can run without high repair bills,” notes Wade Litton, General Manager of Wade Inc., a John Deere dealership with 11 locations in the Mississippi Delta. Well-tooled operations combined with an abrupt collapse in grain farm incomes and uncertainty over Sec.


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by DTN
Jun 12, 2015
Beardi, who spent 22 years in the Army, said he was going through “intense therapy” for a year and a half at Walter Reed Hospital after being “blown up” in Iraq, when a Vietnam veteran picked him up twice a week and took him to a farm, where he found the physical exercise and working with animals to be therapeutic.


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by DTN
Jun 12, 2015
Crop farmers always face the balancing act of producing as many bushels as possible from their acres while at the same time protecting net income by avoiding overspending on inputs. Fertilizer is often high on the cost list. This growing season, in particular, is challenging farmers’ ability to remain profitable.


Markets
by DTN
Jun 5, 2015
For too many, planning means a focus on next week’s activities. However, when it comes to income taxes, the perspective needs to be long-term. Today’s tax rate system is insanely complex (by design, but that’s a topic for another day). The hazard is not merely a more steeply graduated rate system; it’s also the layering of additional taxes (the 3.


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by DTN
May 29, 2015
What is the reasonable allocation of your purchase price to the fair market value of that tiling, given its age and condition? There is likely some fact-finding that is necessary to determine how many feet of tiling are in the ground and what is the...


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by DTN
May 15, 2015
Dave Ollila, a field sheep specialist for South Dakota State University Extension at the Rapid City Regional Center, said those who commingle cattle and small ruminants could see several benefits. The obvious plus would be that adding another enterprise to the operation creates more income, he said.


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by DTN
May 8, 2015
The questions are often the same. Does it make sense to give my land to the kids now before it becomes my estate? Or perhaps I should sell some of it during my lifetime? Or is it better to just let them inherit the land? I’ve heard these questions for years, but with our constantly changing tax system, the answers might now be different.
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by DTN
May 8, 2015
The study has been released shortly before the World Trade Organization (WTO) is expected to release a final ruling in a case that Canada and Mexico brought against the U.S. over COOL, charging that the labeling regime discriminates against Mexican and Canadian livestock and meat.
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by DTN
Apr 24, 2015
The U.S. could become a major exporter of agricultural products to Cuba, but current law prohibits USDA from promoting sales to Cuba, White House officials said last week in the Obama administration’s first testimony on Capitol Hill on the potential for increasing U.


Daily Market Update
by DTN
Apr 22, 2015
GENERAL COMMENTS: A light to moderate business surfaced in most cattle feeding areas today with some feedlot managers accepting lower bids. Live sales in the South were mostly marked at $158, $3 lower
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by DTN
Apr 17, 2015
On the first point, we now have tiered capital gain rates. Most pay at a 15 percent rate, but when the total taxable income in a joint return exceeds roughly $465,000, the capital gain rate moves to 20 percent (that threshold is about $413,000 for a single filer in 2015).


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by DTN
Apr 17, 2015
Despite congressional opposition, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said last Monday the Obama administration will finish the Clean Water Rule (commonly called “Waters of the U.S.” or WO- TUS) that the EPA sent to the Office of Management and Budget the prior week.


Daily Market Update
by DTN
Apr 14, 2015
GENERAL COMMENTS: Cattle country could have doubled for a ghost town Tuesday, lifeless in terms of either bids or definite asking prices. Some showlists were priced around $165-$166 in the South and $
Daily Market Update
by DTN
Apr 6, 2015
Moderate early week support has stepped back into the complex early Monday with mixed live cattle trade now showing narrow to moderate gains. Light buyer support is helping to hold strong gains through lean hog futures.


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