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Operating Farm Loan Volume Up in 2nd Quarter

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October 1st, 2014

The Chicago Federal Reserve issues a quarterly Ag Letter that recaps the major financial changes occurring in the states that it serves.  The states comprise the 2 largest corn states (Iowa and Illinois) plus Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.  Here are some of the major themes from their latest letter: Farmland values for the second quarter […]


Key Dates for Farm Programs

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September 30th, 2014

The FSA has posted on their website the updated key dates for ARC and PLC sign up as follows: The reallocation of base acres and updating of payment yields (for PLC) started yesterday (September 29, 2014) and will extend until February 27, 2015.  Although the option to update payment yields is strictly for PLC election, […]


CMS Update on Consumers who have Data Matching Issues

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September 29th, 2014

Did you sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act? If so, you might be in for an unpleasant surprise. The Internal Revenue Service announced it is using tax returns to verify the incomes people claimed when they signed up for exchange-based health insurance. If you didn’t input the right amount, you may owe […]


Another Strike Against PLC

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September 19th, 2014

One of the arguments for using PLC instead of ARC is that PLC has unlimited payments (until you hit the overall payment limit of $125,000 per individual).  However, one of the drawbacks to using PLC is your payment yield will not likely reflect your actual yields for 2014-2018.  The payment yield for PLC purposes is […]


68 Days and Counting

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September 17th, 2014

I am a member of the Emerald Club through National Car Rental.   It appears that so far this year I have been in a rental car with that company for 68 days.  As a direct result of that (and other related days away from home) my wife has talked me into taking her on a […]


Clarification on September 26 Date

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September 16th, 2014

In my post yesterday, I indicated that you need to update your farm structure by next Friday September 26, 2014 to ensure that your ARC or PLC decision for this year would be the one you wanted, not necessarily the one you got stuck with.  We have gotten a few questions on this and after […]


Update Your “Farms” by Sepember 26

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September 15th, 2014

I previously wrote on this subject recently, but want to reinforce that you need to take action before September 26, 2014 in order to make sure you do not end up losing any PLC/ARC benefits for this year.  The election for ARC or PLC is done on a farm-by-farm basis which includes the operator (the […]


Dairy Margin Protection Program Update

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September 14th, 2014

I spent Friday in Denver (I found wearing shorts to Denver this time of year may not be a good idea since it was “cold”) getting training on the new Dairy Margin Protection program.  The various state universities involved in the online tools development have done a very good job of providing good information that […]


Have Funds to Cover Your Check

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September 12th, 2014

The US Tax Court released a case yesterday that Joe Kristan from the Tax Update Blog did a great job of recapping so I will not go into too much detail since he covers the facts. However, the key point from this case is as follows: If you issue a bonus check at year-end that the […]


How Do We Plan For Section 179 in 2014

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September 11th, 2014

We have done several posts this year on what Section 179 might be for 2014.  Currently, Section 179 is limited to $25,000 and it starts to phase-out once the farmer spends $200,000 on farm equipment and is eliminated once the farmer goes over $225,000.  For 2014, there is no bonus depreciation, whereas last year farmers […]


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