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Friday, February 7,2014

New pesticide guide now offered through MSU Ext.

by WLJ
The MontGuide, “Pesticides and Water Quality,” explains why pesticide applicators should always test their water for turbidity, pH and hardness prior to using a pesticide mixture.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Water crisis will lead to severe problems

by WLJ
As California’s water situation worsens, the leader of the state’s largest farm organization said rural areas face “severe economic problems” from water shortages. The State Water Project warned last week it will not deliver water to its customers.

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Friday, February 7,2014

CSI Livestock; New CSU Field Investigation Unit solves problems

by WLJ
Barb Powers, Director of the CSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories, announced the new consultation service during the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association 2014 Mid-Winter Conference, which brings together hundreds of beef producers for discussions about critical topics in the beef industry.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Free online Beef Quality Assurance certification

by WLJ
Thanks to a partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., your beef checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program is offering free online BQA Certification for approximately two months. This opportunity is open to all beef and dairy producers, veterinarians, allied partners, agricultural friends, and students from now until April 15.

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Friday, February 7,2014

WSDA seeks proposals for state's specialty crops

by WLJ
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is now accepting proposals for innovative projects to support the state’s fruit, vegetable and nursery industry through the federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Proposals are due to WSDA by 5 p.

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Friday, February 7,2014

UN, partners launch humanitarian plan to help Africa's Sahel region

by WLJ
The United Nations and humanitarian partners launched a three-year Regional Strategic Response Plan Feb. 3 to provide aid to millions of people in nine countries in Africa’s Sahel region. The plan seeks to mobilize an initial US$2 billion from international donors in 2014.

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Friday, February 7,2014

IRS Chief Counsel memo highlights Form 1099

by John Alan Cohan - Contributing Columnist
The IRS Office of Chief Counsel recently issued a memorandum concerning the use of IRS Form 1099 (also known as “information returns”). This form is important to taxpayers especially if you are audited in connection with horse activities, ranching or farming.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Farm family business; the planning is never done

by DTN
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.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Kansas leads 21 states in appealing ruling on "pollution diet"

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Twenty-one states have asked an appeals court to invalidate a previous federal court ruling that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority to implement a so-called pollution diet to reduce nutrient runoff into the Chesapeake Bay..

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Friday, February 7,2014

Ag producers' tax filing deadline draws near

by WLJ
Items to note for 2013 income tax preparation: New for 2013 is an additional Medicare tax of 0.9 percent on wages and self- employment income in excess of a modified adjusted gross income of $250,000 if married or $200,000 if single. • New for 2013 is a surtax of 3.

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