Ag Policy

  • Food Demand Drives Farmland Prices

    I try to skim a few of the major Mid-West farm cities and the Omaha World-Herald recently had an article on how food demand is driving farmland prices higher.  There was a regional conference in Omaha sponsored by the Federal Reserve of Kansas City.  The meeting brought forth various good nuggets of information about the […]

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  • Russia is Going for Dominance in Wheat

    I had a post from about two weeks ago about the USDA predicting that Russia would become a larger exporter of wheat than the US by about 2019. Bloomberg Businessweek just wrote an article on how Russia is fighting for World Dominance – in Wheat!.  The article recaps that Russia is able to sell their […]

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  • Some S Corporation Dividends May become Subject to SE Taxes

    The American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010 is expected to be passed in the next week or so.  In this tax act, there is a provision that states all ordinary income earned by S corporation from professional services (such as accounting, consulting, medical and other related professions) will be subject to self-employment […]

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  • Farmers – New Credit for Health Care Premiums Paid

    Although I am usually on the other side from the IRS, I will admit that their web-site is one of the best sites I have used for accessing tax information.  The recent Health Care Reform law enacted a new employer credit for certain employers who pay for their employee’s health care premiums.  I would estimate […]

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  • Watch Your Real Estate Tax Bill

    I think that most farmers know that the residential and commercial real estate markets have gone through dramatic changes in the last few years.  I know that in our area that residential prices peaked out about three years ago and in many of the cities near me the price is at least 50% below the […]

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  • The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Health Care Act) – Tax Provisions

    My good friend Scott Heintzelman of The Exuberant Accountant recently posted a summary of the information on the new Health Care act that passed Sunday night and I thought I would post the same summary since this new Act will affect all of us as Americans and as farmers. Premium Assistance Credit The act provides […]

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  • Take Your Chemical Ag Credit

    In 2008, Congress enacted a new agricultural chemical security credit that may apply to some farmers and will certainly apply to those farmers who have expanded their business into the fertilizer and farm chemicals operations.  This credit allows you to take a 30% credit for expenses related to enhancing the security of a facility in […]

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  • Hog Odors Raise a Stink

    For those people living in rural areas, the smells associated with hogs, cows, etc. can be a nuisance.  Usually most people grin and bear it, however, there are many times when they try to do something about it. The High Plains Midwest Ag Journal recently reported on a civil trial filed in Kansas City regarding […]

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  • Lack of Data Dooms GRIP & GRP in 1000+ Counties

    Marcia Taylor with DTN/The Progressive Farmer had a great post recently on the elimination of crop insurance under the Group Risk Income Protection (GRIP) and Group Risk Program (GRP) in over 1,000 counties across the US.  The primary reason for eliminating these counties were due to not reporting at least 30 yield reports or 25% […]

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  • Rural Broadband – Catching up to Urban Broadband?

    Sort of like the photo of my motorcycle at the left, broadband Internet services are much faster than dial up (or in my case a Harley).  Historically, the utilization of broadband Internet services in the rural sector has been much lower than urban areas. In an article in the September, 2009 Amber Waves , several […]

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