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Farm Bill Webinar

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April 9th, 2014

This morning at 10 am Central Time we had an one hour webinar on the new farm bill.  We had several hundred people accessing the webinar and based upon the amount of questions that came over the screen as I was discussing the farm bill, this appears to be a very hot topic right now. Since there […]


Very Limited Availability for AICPA Ag Conference

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April 1st, 2014

This post is primarily for our CPA readers out there.  I was just informed yesterday that there is extremely limited availability for the AICPA Ag Conference that will be held in Austin on May 7 to May 9.  If you are interested in attending, here is the link on the AICPA site to sign up.  […]


FSA Releases New Farm Bill Fact Sheet

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March 19th, 2014

The FSA released today a six page fact sheet on the new farm bill.  It recaps the major changes that were included in the 900+ page farm bill.  Most of the material has been covered on several of our posts over the last month or so. We are doing a webinar on the new farm bill […]


Real Estate Includes Land but Not For Depreciation Purposes

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March 17th, 2014

We had a reader send in the following comments and question: “I appreciated your information on the tax reform proposal. In your 4th bullet point on depreciation, you stated that “Most if almost all farm real estate…would be over 40 years and not the current 10 or 20 years.” It has been my understanding that […]


Permanent Means Permanent

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March 12th, 2014

Many farmers will sell or grant a conservation easement to various organizations.  These easements are designed to permanently keep certain farm land out of production due to their sensitive topsoils or other features. If the granting of the easement is structured properly, the difference between the fair market value of the land before the easement and the value […]


Labor Department asks Judge to Overturn ‘Hot Goods’ Ruling

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March 7th, 2014

Updating an earlier post regarding “hot goods,” the U.S. Labor Department claims a judge committed legal error by overturning “hot goods” settlements between the agency and Oregon farmers. According to the U.S. Labor Department, the judge accepted “unsupported allegations at face value” from the farmers when he ruled the deals should be revoked.  The ruling’s […]


How Much Longer for Section 1031 Exchanges?

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March 5th, 2014

In the budget proposal just released by President Obama, he calls for a cap on the amount of gain that could be deferred under Section 1031.  This cap would be $1 million each year indexed for inflation.  The tax reform proposals released by both the Senate and the House call for major changes to like-kind […]


When Will Productivity Start Increasing Again?

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March 2nd, 2014

Co Bank provides loans to cooperatives and other Farm Credit Service banks across the country.  They also issue a monthly Outlook and for the February issue, Lee Ohanian, an economist with UCLA was interviewed regarding the lack of growth in productivity over the last few years. In layman’s terms, productivity represents the growth in total […]


Tax Reform – Part ?????!!!!!

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February 26th, 2014

Dave Camp, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee issued another tax reform proposal today.  Since this is a mid-term election year, it has little chance of passing this year, but it is important to note possible changes that Congress is pondering.  The major ones affecting farmers are as follows: For individuals, create […]


Some Quick Thoughts on the 2012 Ag Census

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February 25th, 2014

The USDA released a preliminary 2012 Ag Census report last week.  This report provides summarized information on the number and types of farms by state.  More detailed information will be released later on in the year.  Some of my quick thoughts on this preliminary release are (comparisons will be to the 2007 Ag Census): Total US […]


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