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Friday, September 20,2013

Money-saving ideas for small agricultural estates

by DTN
Not all farm estates are super-sized. But even if your net worth falls below the $5.25-million-per-person federal estate tax exemption—or the $4 million that triggers some estate or inheritance state taxes— smart planning can save thousands of dollars in estate settlement costs.

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Friday, September 6,2013

Grass-Fed beef growing pains

by DTN
A grass-fed beef ranch manager from Maui, HI, swapped grazing techniques with a ranching couple from northeastern Kansas.

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Friday, August 23,2013

Double-cropping can help lower winter feed costs

by DTN
Smith said the idea came from a colleague who took part in a grazing conference. The first trial was in a personal garden, where oats were planted in July and August to see if they would grow enough for forage. A beef producer later planted 30-40 acres on Aug.

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Friday, August 16,2013

Experts: Lots of variables in Zilmax ban's long-term impact

by DTN
“As far as real market impact, it’s going to depend upon whether anybody follows suit,” DTN Livestock Analyst John Harrington said. “If Tyson’s all alone out there, it’s probably not going to have a huge market impact. On the other hand, if JBS, National and Cargill all get on the same page, well, then that will have ripples.

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Friday, August 16,2013

Calculating the labor equation

by DTN
Thanks to a Treasury Department reprieve announced in July, “large” employers with more than 50 full-time equivalent workers won’t be obligated to offer health insurance until 2015. Postponement is a relief, but Yunker is still struggling with the government’s current definition of who is a full-time, part-time or seasonal employee.

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Friday, August 9,2013

FSA approves counties for emergency haying, grazing

by DTN
CRP is a voluntary program that helps agricultural producers safeguard environmentally sensitive land by establishing long-term, resource-conserving covers to improve the quality of water, control soil erosion and enhance wildlife habitat. The producers receive rental payments and cost-share assistance in return.

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Friday, August 2,2013

Japanese import fees remain at 38.5 percent

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Total frozen beef imports amounted to 72,010 tons in April-June 2012 and 77,775 tons during the same period this year, a rise of only 8 percent, according to Japan Ministry of Finance (MOF) figures. “The tariff will not rise” Aug.

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Friday, July 26,2013

Fit silage to structure

by DTN
Farmers need to time corn harvest correctly to be able to preserve and ensile corn so that it goes through fermentation properly for the type of structure they intend to put it into, according to Joe Lauer, corn agronomist at the University of Wisconsin- Madison.

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Friday, July 26,2013

Snowden and the battle over animal ID

by DTN
Edward Snowden, former computer geek with the National Security Agency (NSA) last seen working security at the Moscow airport, is best described as: A) a patriotic whistleblower; B) a goofball spy; C) a villainous traitor; or D) an unwitting advocate of livestock production liberty.

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Friday, July 26,2013

USDA signs up 1.7 million CRP acres

by DTN
The department received nearly 28,000 offers on more than 1.9 million acres of land, according to a USDA news release. USDA has enrolled nearly 12 million acres in new CRP contracts since 2009. Currently, there are more than 26.9 million acres enrolled on 700,000 contracts.

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