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Friday, March 23,2012

LEGALLY Speaking

Treating two activities as one for tax purposes

by John Alan Cohan - Contributing Columnist
Sometimes a farm, livestock or horse activity may be closely connected to one’s principal occupation, with certain tax advantages. If two activities are treated as one, deductions and income from each activity can be aggregated in deciding whether the taxpayer has the requisite profit motive under the IRS hobby loss rule.

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Friday, March 23,2012

COMMENTS

Slimed Again

by Pete Crow - Publisher
They’re back! The celebrity foodies have selected Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB) as their next target. It’s remarkable how fame can provide credibility to folks who have no idea what they are talking about. They do their damage and then they simply walk away.

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Friday, March 23,2012

GUEST Opinion

Take us to our leaders

by WLJ
For those of us who serve in various capacities in cattle producer organizations, in fact, success is about the industry’s future. It’s about continuing a way of life for our children. And it’s about gaining ideas and information from others we can use in our own operations.

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Friday, March 23,2012

PEOPLE in the news

by WLJ
HANNAH McCABE and CALYSSA THOMAS Kansas State University’s “Henry C. Gardiner Scholarship”.

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Friday, March 16,2012

Comments

April Showers

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It’s still a little early to talk about the weather, but my latest travels through the Intermountain West suggest we could see a dry spring. We went to bull sales in Wyoming and Montana last week and the dry weather was on everyone’s mind, although they didn’t want to talk about it, think.

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Friday, March 16,2012

Bull Tales

Big city travel guide

by D. "Bing" Bingham - contributing columnist
“Sure,” I said. It was a warm spring day—hayfever season for some of us—and the neighborhood kids were chasing each other through the street and surrounding yards. Not wanting to take my eye off the space between child and truck, without thinking, I blew my nose— with one finger.

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Friday, March 16,2012

Beef Talk

Understanding things we do not control

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
As has been noted already, to further complicate the process, this sale may be occurring several months to more than a year before the final product, which is the carcass, is valued on the rail.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Bull Tales

...Daydreaming

by D. "Bing" Bingham - contributing columnist
Before the sun was up, the old-timer had cut the stallion’s track on a wide circle. He followed and found the big bay snoozing in the rimrock as the sky was getting light. Working slowly and quietly, using juniper trees as cover, he and his ranch-tested filly tiptoed to within 400 yards of the stallion.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Black Ink

Demand more from the herd

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
The articles that follow those zingers all explain different facets of the supply and demand equation. Beef prices are up because of a shrinking cowherd, accelerated by drought. Cattle prices are 25 percent higher than this same time a year ago, but can they stay there? That all depends on whether the consumer is willing to pay.

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Friday, March 9,2012

COMMENTS

Futures folly

by Pete Crow - Publisher
You love them when they’re long and then you hate them when they short the market. Big money funds can swing a lot of dollars around in commodities futures trading, and with live cattle and feeder cattle contracts that typically have low trading volume, it makes it that much CROW.

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