Farm Leadership

  • TEPAP – Day 4 Morning Session

    David Kohl, noted speaker and professor from Virginia Tech University provided a morning session on Mega Trends for agriculture. Highlights are as follows:   70% of North American farms will change hands by 2025. This is not just ownership, but who farms the land. This provides plenty of opportunities for American farmers. Volatility will require an […]

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  • TEPAP – Day 3 Afternoon Session

    For the Tuesday afternoon session, we were privileged to have the last formal presentation done by Dr. William Carden, CEO of The Carden Group. Dr. Carden’s discussion was on effective delegation by farmers. One thing that resonated with me was that as farmers, we need to delegate the expected results to our employees not the […]

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  • TEPAP – Day 3 morning session

    For the Tuesday morning session of the TEPAP conference, we had Dr. Ed Siefried, a noted economist to explain how the macro economic trends will affect farming in 2011. Highlights are as follows:  1. The economy in 2011 is expected to be recovering with growth possibly around 4% with low inflation. However, in all previous […]

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  • TEPAP – Day 2

    Day two of the TEPAP conference was primarily focused on management accrual accounting for farmers.  The presentation was done by Dick Wittman of Wittman Consulting.  As a CPA, Dick was speaking to the choir (so to speak). Some of the ideas that resonated with me were: It is very important to implement full accrual accounting […]

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  • TEPAP – Day 1

    All this week I am at the The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP) in Austin, Texas.  This is an all week intensive program put on by the Texas A & M University and hosted by Danny Klinefelter.  I am very excited to attend the program and will try to post at least one blog […]

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  • What is a Farm Building?

    We had a reader ask the following question: “WHICH BUILDINGS ON A FARM QUALIFY AS AG SPECIFIC BUILDINGS OR STRUCTURES FOR THE BONUS DEPRECIATION, IS THERE A LIST SOMEWHERE.” The law basically says that all farm buildings other than single purpose agricultural or horticultural structures are 20-year property and available for the 100% bonus depreciation.  […]

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  • Make An Tax Estimate Payment Now?

    Most farmers know that if they file their income tax return by March 1 of each year and pay the tax with that filing, there is no estimated tax penalty associated with not paying any estimated taxes through out the year. What many farmers may not know is that filing this early might be creating […]

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  • Top 5 Trend – Estate Tax Changes!

    I was not sure if I would be able to write this post a month ago, but Congress and the President came through with some very good changes to the estate law.  Beginning in 2011, the top rate will fall to 35% from 55% and estate will only be come taxable $5 million up from […]

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  • Beware Your S Corp Basis!

    Roth and Company out of Des Moines, Iowa has a great Tax Update Blog that Joe Kristan writes on daily.  I try to touch base with his blog each day and he has been running some year-end tax tips that I thought I would pass on to you. For today, I want to remind our […]

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  • Top 5 Trend for 2010 – Equipment Purchase Deduction Options!

    From a farm tax standpoint, one of the biggest trends for 2010 is the expansion of the Section 179 deduction to $500,000 and the introduction of 100% bonus depreciation for new assets bought after September 8, 2010 and before January 1, 2012. With these two new rules, almost all farmers who purchase new and used […]

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