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Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Jul 24, 2015
This calendar year is predicted to deliver the worst economics in grain farming in 20 years. Low grain prices and high input costs could actually lead to an operating loss, unless yields come in exceptionally high. However, this looming dark cloud may have a silver lining in the form of tax benefits.


Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Jul 2, 2015
The House Ag Committee Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Subcommittee held a hearing recently that was clearly intended to emphasize the role that USDA can play in biotech labeling, a question that now is in the hands of the Food and Drug Administration.


Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Jul 2, 2015
Typically, the first cutting of alfalfa is taken somewhere around Memorial Day, plus or minus a week, and the second cutting usually comes approximately five weeks later. The majority of Nebraska alfalfa growers have gotten their first cutting off, although for many of those growers the first cutting was delayed, Anderson said.


Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
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).


Cattle and Beef Industry News
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.


Cattle and Beef 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.


Cattle and Beef Industry News
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.


Cattle and Beef 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.


Cattle and Beef Industry News
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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