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Wednesday, November 19,2014

AFTERNOON MARKET UPDATE; Nov. 19

by DTN
Light to moderate pressure is holding through the livestock complex through early electronic trade Wednesday as traders focus on the lack of buyer support and concern that overall volume may continue to erode heading into the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Friday, November 7,2014

Tax planning without the rules

by DTN
Here we are two months from the end of the year, ready to tackle those critical year-end tax projections, and we still don’t know the depreciation rules for 2014. Soon Congress will finally address the so-called “extenders.

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Friday, October 31,2014

Tax Q and A; How do we deduct losses on futures contracts?

by DTN
You indicate in your question that you do not speculate, but that may not be accurate tax terminology. The tax law characterizes regulated futures accounts as either hedging or speculation. Hedging is defined as a contract that provides price protection for your physical position in your cattle business.

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Friday, October 31,2014

Syngenta backs traits, market decisions

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The company’s two genetically-engineered corn traits aren’t approved for import in China, and Chinese rejections of U.S. corn and dried distiller grains (DDG) containing the Viptera trait (MIR 162) have set off an industry firestorm. Most recently, the seed company is facing legal action—a lawsuit from grain company Cargill Inc.

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Friday, October 31,2014

GMOs confuse Chinese consumers, too

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“Though scientists have been promoting the production and usage of GMO crops, public media has brought a lot of discussion on the safety issue of GMO food, and most of the information from it was negative,” said Guanghui Xie, a professor at China Agricultural University.

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Friday, October 17,2014

Post-patent puzzle: What happens when biotech goes generic?

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Twenty years have passed since Roundup Ready 1 soybeans were first deregulated, and the trait is coming off patent this year into a changed agricultural landscape.

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Friday, October 17,2014

Clarifying the new health premium tax credit

by DTN
Individuals who buy health insurance through an exchange furnish an estimate of their income, and the exchange then subsidizes their monthly insurance premium. The greater the estimated income, the lower the subsidy. After 1040 actual income is computed, the advance subsidy is adjusted up or down as an additional 1040 tax or refund.

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Friday, October 3,2014

Keep Grandpa out of prison

by DTN
First of all, the young couple will insist on a legal transfer of title. There is a deed to record that is on public record. When the closing does occur, the title company or attorney will file a 1099 tax form to the IRS, which is required on real estate sales transactions.

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Friday, September 19,2014

Farming on the Mother Road

by DTN
Route 66 stretches across the high desert and through to valleys on the other side of the San Bernardino Mountains before blending into the weaving interstates and highways of greater Los Angeles. Any reflection of the old highway heading to Santa Monica Pier gets lost in the intensity of daily Los Angeles interstate traffic.

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Friday, September 19,2014

USDA focusing on railcar shortages

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Speaking to reporters after a Growth Energy event, Vilsack said the conversation took place in Buffett’s Omaha office and that Buffett had noted that the BNSF railroad, in which he is a major investor, has made commitments to improve service and the railroad’s infrastructure.

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