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Mar 21, 2014
Here, a dozen environmentalists and farmers peered through a dimly lit room at PowerPoint slides that highlighted the grim state of water in the Sunflower State. When the lights came up, so did the hands, as the attendees peppered Kansas state officials with questions and concerns.
News
by DTN
Mar 14, 2014
At present, an old limit of $25,000 is technically the tax law. However, we expect Congress to treat the Section 179 limit as one of its many “extender” provisions that will be updated for 2014 in upcoming legislation.
Markets
by DTN
Feb 21, 2014
“We had assumed that under the continuation of the old law that more land would be planted to corn because of the ACRE program,” Glauber said. “Now with the new programs based on base acres, we think there will be more flexibility. They will look at the soybean-to-corn price ratio and will plant a little less corn than normal.
Markets
by DTN
Feb 21, 2014
AgriBank, the Farm Credit System district bank that sources funds for Farm Credit Associations covering half of the nation’s cropland, still sees wide disparities in farmland appreciation, depending on the 15 states within its territory.
News
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Feb 21, 2014
In the past, many employers paid some or all of an employee’s individual health insurance premiums. This was a tax deduction to the employer and tax-free to the employee. But those arrangements now violate the “market reforms” of the ACA and result in the large employer penalty.
News
by DTN
Feb 21, 2014
The five-year stretch from 2008-2012 represented the most profitable crops in 40 years of U.S. corn production. Sadly, most of the spoils accrued to just the top half of producers, a recent study by the consulting firm of AgriSolutions Inc. found. Ag’s golden era largely bypassed the bottom half of corn growers in their analysis.
News
by DTN
Feb 21, 2014
Cash accounting—a time-honored method small businesses use to ease their taxes on income they have yet to receive— could be severely restricted, along with depreciation schedules on farm equipment and buildings and the use of 1031 tax-deferred exchanges on real estate.
News
by DTN
Feb 14, 2014
China’s government has officially decided “to use new technology and look to global markets” but “there is still an intense and increasingly public debate in China when genetic modification and trade intersect,” said Scott Sindelar, the Minister Counselor for Agricultural Affairs at the U.
Markets
by DTN
Feb 7, 2014
Do you remember when you were in grade school and the science project was to watch and record the process of metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly? One day, the funny looking bug was hanging from a twig, the next it was encased in a cocoon, and then suddenly a butterfly was fluttering around the plastic box.
News
by DTN
Feb 7, 2014
Research shows they love food—or rather, they love to read about it, watch it being made, and take pictures of it. Every day, the millennial generation visits the top five cooking websites 4.5 million times and makes food-related web searches 5.5 million times.
News
by DTN
Feb 7, 2014
At a recent family meeting, Mom and Dad lamented that they never felt finished with their estate and succession planning. They had completed significant gifts to the next generation, but still had an estate tax liability.
News
by DTN
Jan 31, 2014
One of the primary factors working in sorghum’s favor among farmers—lower corn prices—has actually threatened its appeal as an ethanol source. Ethanol plants that had shifted toward sorghum veered back to corn as prices fell, said Greg Krissek, a manager with Kennedy & Coe, a national accounting and consulting firm.
News
by DTN
Jan 24, 2014
Members believe companies have an obligation to fully disclose how they use data, compensate farmers when information is shared with third parties and prevent such information from being subject to federal Freedom of Information Act requests. Also, farmers should have the.
News
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Jan 4, 2014
In the past, the farm has paid for all health insurance, but my husband has turned 65 and is on Medicare. Can the farm partnership continue to pay all health insurance premiums? Or should we offer a Section 105 reimbursement plan so that we can pay insurance and out-ofpocket expenses pre-tax?.
News
by DTN
Jan 4, 2014
“The biggest story of 2013 is the end of the demand market for corn,” said DTN Senior Analyst Darin Newsom. “From record crops despite unfavorable weather to attacks on demand on all three fronts, the end of King Corn’s reign will have long-lasting ripple effects across agriculture.
Opinion
by DTN
Dec 27, 2013
Remember how the Grinch hated Christmas because, depending on various theories, his shoes were too tight, his heart was two sizes too small, or his head wasn’t screwed on just right? Whatever the reason, the Grinch went on to steal the Whos’ Christmas until, as the story goes, his heart grew and he returned the bounty.
News
by DTN
Dec 13, 2013
Traditional year-end tax planning is all about deferrals—commodity revenue pushed to the next year and expenses accelerated into the current year. And the tendency is to set reportable taxable income below actual earnings. The result is a continuously increasing income deferral that becomes a tax disaster at retirement when it’s recognized.
News
by DTN
Dec 13, 2013
China’s grain buyers are likely to import more corn this year because of the dramatic difference between global corn prices and China’s domestic prices. “As of Dec. 5, the imported corn price is around $304 per ton compared to $406 per ton of domestic corn in south China’s Guangdong Province,” Wu said.
News
by DTN
Nov 22, 2013
“Even if you add energy, you don’t get as much of a response. The animal will still only be able to grow the amount that the protein will allow,” he said. “You can add minerals, vitamins, or other required nutrients, but protein is first limiting, it’s what’s holding them back the most.
News
by DTN
Nov 22, 2013
The Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) most recent wave of I-9 audits is a grim reminder of the frustrating status quo that lies ahead for the agricultural industry now that immigration reform is off the table this year, farm labor industry representatives told DTN.


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