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Friday, August 22,2014

Prevented planting acres decline

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“The temptation here is to subtract FSA’s prevent planted acres from USDA’s planting estimates, but later [World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates] reports don’t always turn out that way,” Hultman said.

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Friday, August 22,2014

BBQ beef starts to sizzle in Japan

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Japan banned beef from the U.S. and Canada in 2003 because of BSE. The beef came back in 2006, albeit limited to meat taken from cattle aged up to 20 months as an anti-BSE measure. Certain “specified risk materials” (SRMs) with high risk of carrying BSE were also forbidden.

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Friday, August 15,2014

Amid diverse opinions, Beef Checkoff rift continues

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R-CALF USA, which is not a member of the group, issued a warning that other farm groups plan to agree by next Friday to a proposal it considers “smoke and mirrors,” while some participants in the group said no agreement would be announced until this fall or winter, if ever.

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Friday, August 8,2014

Can I gift livestock to a charity?

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The manner in which you described the action of your friends would not pass muster with the IRS as a charitable gift of unsold property.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Senators meet with McCarthy

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Republican members of the Senate Agriculture Committee finally got their meeting with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy last Tuesday and urged her to withdraw the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, but a McCarthy spokeswoman said issues with the rule can be handled in the agency’s comment process.

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Friday, July 25,2014

South Korea buying U.S. feed

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Corn importers don’t have to look far for supplies, either. With China’s hesitance to take U.S. corn, due to that country’s failure to approve corn with the MIR162, South Korea is enjoying the availability of Asia-bound freighters and lower prices. Imports of dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) also are doubling.

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Friday, July 11,2014

Can charity make retirement tax-free?

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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

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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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