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Thursday, July 24,2014

AFTERNOON MARKET UPDATE; July 24

by DTN
Aggressive packer spending surfaced in parts of the North today with light to moderate trade volume evident in Nebraska and Iowa. Most dressed deals were around $257, roughly $10 above last week's weighted average basis Nebraska.

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Friday, July 11,2014

Can charity make retirement tax-free?

by DTN
What are your thoughts about a charitable remainder trust in this instance? The couple could create a lifetime income stream and use the deduction to offset that income. Perhaps they could also set up a wealth replacement trust (life insurance) to benefit the children if they have concerns about leaving those sale proceeds.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Farmland prices: Paying for a trophy or an investment?

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When Farmers National Co. sold another 80-acre Sioux County, IA, farm for $20,300 per acre this month, observers chalked it up as another trophy sale. The buyer won’t necessarily expect a competitive return on investment anytime soon, but did acquire a prized possession.

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Friday, June 20,2014

IRS targets 'passive' landowners

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Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in a landmark tax case last week that would not only set a precedent for absentee landowners with Conservation Reserve Program contracts, but could potentially redefine tax treatment of cash rents, conservation easements and other types of passive income if allowed to stand, farm managers and legal scholars say.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Tax Q&A: Tax shock, charitable giving and gifts

by DTN
As to solutions, there is really only one choice: A short-term lease that is rewritten every year or two to reflect the diminishing value of the equipment.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Senate debates ag appropriations bill

by DTN
It is unclear how long the Senate debate will last because the agriculture bill has been packaged with two other appropriations measures in what is being referred to as a “minibus” as opposed to the omnibus bills that sometimes fund the government when Congress doesn’t pass individual appropriations bills.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Keystone action coming

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Though a decision on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would traverse farm and ranch lands in the Nebraska Sandhills is unlikely to come from the Obama administration ahead of the November elections, a U.S.

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Friday, June 6,2014

Western Hemisphere corn demand more than doubled

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“All countries in the region are the same or a little higher (in purchases), and it’s all related to price,” said Kurt Shultz, the U.S. Grains Council’s Regional Director for the Western Hemisphere. “Free trade agreements in some countries have opened up the door.

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Friday, May 30,2014

What do you do when IRS says you aren't a business?

by DTN
a hobby loss issue. But individuals with a substantial income from another source who undertake a sideline farming activity and use cash method accounting deferrals to create a negative, need to recognize that Section 183 can allow the IRS to eliminate the loss.

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Friday, May 16,2014

Brazil says BSE case likely 'atypical'

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The ministry made the announcement after receiving the results of tests conducted on samples from the animal in the U.K. In truth, the report said there was no conclusive diagnosis, but the government said details in the report reinforced its hypothesis that this was not a classic case of the disease, popularly known as mad cow.

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