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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?

Cattle and Beef Industry 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.


Cattle and Beef Industry 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.

Cattle and Beef 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.


Cattle and Beef Industry 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.


Cattle and Beef 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.


Cattle and Beef Industry 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.


Cattle and Beef Industry 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.




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