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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


John Deere Expects Increase (Hopes For) in Section 179 and Bonus Depreciation

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February 13th, 2014

John Deere released their first quarter fiscal 2014 years yesterday and profits were up slightly from the year before.  As part of the conference call, they highlighted that US farm receipts are expected to remain high, however, based on their graph in slide # 6, they do show US farm receipts over $400 billion in […]


IRS Data by Zip Code and County

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February 12th, 2014

The IRS just released certain summarized income and expense information based upon taxpayers in a county or zip code for tax year 2011.  This information includes the number of returns with AGI between certain dollar amounts such as 0-$25,000, over $200,000, etc.   It also provides information on the components of income such as wages, interest, dividends.  […]


Crop Insurance is not Taxed Before Receipt!

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November 26th, 2013

We have gotten several calls and emails from readers and clients regarding when crop insurance is taxed.  The confusion seems to relate to the revenue programs where the crop insurance received is based on price not yield.  The confusion arises since these types of claims can not be deferred.  However, if the crop insurance claim […]


Day 2 & 3 of the NW Co-Op Council Meetings

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November 21st, 2013

David Enquist from our Moses Lake, Washington office is providing the following recap of day 2 and 3 of the NW Co-Op Council annual meeting. Days 2 had presentations focusing on succession planning, reputation management, talent management, and an awards banquet. The succession and talent management presentations tied in very well together as properly identifying […]


Day 1 of the NW Co-op Council Meeting

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November 19th, 2013

The following post was written by David Enquist from our Moses Lake, Washington office.  The original plan was for me to be in Portland yesterday with him, but I ended up in Michigan and then to top it off, the plane out of Detroit was a late plus a strong head-wind meant I missed the flight […]


Social Security Announces 1.5% Increase in Benefits

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October 31st, 2013

On Wednesday, October 30, 2013, the Social Security Administration announced that benefits will rise by 1.5% beginning with January payment.  This represents a $22.50 monthly increase for a recipient receiving $1,500 per month.  This increase will apply to about 63 million Americans receiving benefits. The SSA also announced that the wage base will increase from $113,700 […]


Should You Delay Purchasing Fertlizer for Next Spring?!

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September 23rd, 2013

Based upon some recent AgWeb articles, it may be a good idea to wait about four to six weeks before making any serious fertilizer decisions for any 2014 spring needs. Although fertilizer prices have been dropping, Russia’s OAO Urakali (URKA), the world’s largest potash producer recently announced they will be increasing output next year by 24%, which […]


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