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Friday, February 21,2014

The sacred cow of cash accounting targeted

by DTN
Cash accounting—a time-honored method small businesses use to ease their taxes on income they have yet to receive— could be severely restricted, along with depreciation schedules on farm equipment and buildings and the use of 1031 tax-deferred exchanges on real estate.

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Friday, February 14,2014

China's stance on biotech complicated

by DTN
China’s government has officially decided “to use new technology and look to global markets” but “there is still an intense and increasingly public debate in China when genetic modification and trade intersect,” said Scott Sindelar, the Minister Counselor for Agricultural Affairs at the U.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Corn markets: While we were watching

by DTN
Do you remember when you were in grade school and the science project was to watch and record the process of metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly? One day, the funny looking bug was hanging from a twig, the next it was encased in a cocoon, and then suddenly a butterfly was fluttering around the plastic box.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Wooing millennials

by DTN
Research shows they love food—or rather, they love to read about it, watch it being made, and take pictures of it. Every day, the millennial generation visits the top five cooking websites 4.5 million times and makes food-related web searches 5.5 million times.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Farm family business; the planning is never done

by DTN
At a recent family meeting, Mom and Dad lamented that they never felt finished with their estate and succession planning. They had completed significant gifts to the next generation, but still had an estate tax liability.

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Friday, January 31,2014

Making the most of milo

by DTN
One of the primary factors working in sorghum’s favor among farmers—lower corn prices—has actually threatened its appeal as an ethanol source. Ethanol plants that had shifted toward sorghum veered back to corn as prices fell, said Greg Krissek, a manager with Kennedy & Coe, a national accounting and consulting firm.

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Friday, January 24,2014

Farm Bureau wary of Big Data

by DTN
Members believe companies have an obligation to fully disclose how they use data, compensate farmers when information is shared with third parties and prevent such information from being subject to federal Freedom of Information Act requests. Also, farmers should have the.

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Saturday, January 4,2014

Tax Q&A for 2014; healthcare, real estate, drought

by DTN
In the past, the farm has paid for all health insurance, but my husband has turned 65 and is on Medicare. Can the farm partnership continue to pay all health insurance premiums? Or should we offer a Section 105 reimbursement plan so that we can pay insurance and out-ofpocket expenses pre-tax?.

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Saturday, January 4,2014

History of the corn collapse

by DTN
“The biggest story of 2013 is the end of the demand market for corn,” said DTN Senior Analyst Darin Newsom. “From record crops despite unfavorable weather to attacks on demand on all three fronts, the end of King Corn’s reign will have long-lasting ripple effects across agriculture.

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Friday, December 27,2013

How the analyst stole Christmas

by DTN
Remember how the Grinch hated Christmas because, depending on various theories, his shoes were too tight, his heart was two sizes too small, or his head wasn’t screwed on just right? Whatever the reason, the Grinch went on to steal the Whos’ Christmas until, as the story goes, his heart grew and he returned the bounty.

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