Category Archives: From the Hill

Section 179 signed into law by President

President Obama signed into law, on Friday December 18, a package of tax extenders legislation for the U.S. Most importantly, this year, Section 179 is among some of the tax provisions made permanent. This provides greater long-term certainty. “How can families and businesses count on tax relief each year as long as Congress can’t decide […]

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Farm Bill pushed off to the side again

The House and Senate are out for the remainder of the year, leaving behind a great deal of unfinished work. The 2008 Farm Bill expired on September 30, but many programs don’t run out until the end of the year. Farmers will start to feel the effects of the expired bill when they try to […]

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Reminder: Save big with the Section 179 deduction before it expires

Increased limits with the Section 179 deduction and bonus depreciation are about to expire, so now is the time to purchase equipment. If you were debating about making an equipment purchase before the end of the year, you still have an advantage. Purchase before the end of the year, and you may qualify for the […]

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Trends in tillage that can benefit your field

Farmers are adopting conservation practices at rapidly increasing levels. It’s no surprise with some of the benefits conservation tillage can provide. According to Laura Fribley, of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, in her article, “Tracking Conservation Tillage Trends“, “Data from the 2013 Tillage Transect indicate that as a result of tillage practices on Scott […]

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Immigration reform will bring changes to ag industry

Changes in legislation can have an effect on how you handle your operation down the line. The agriculture industry has been asking for changes to current immigration legislation. The current legislation is not supportive of all faucets of the ag industry. Currently, visas for ag workers can only be issued for 10 months at a […]

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EPA regulation changes up for debate

As Farm Bill talks begin again, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation changes are also up for debate. Redundant regulations  could prove to be burdensome to farmers. By requiring farmers to have duplicative permits for pesticides, farmers will be subject to more paperwork. “This redundant regulation creates unnecessary liability and paperwork burdens on farmers, state […]

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Time runs out on the Farm Bill again

The Farm Bill has expired once again, and it appears the legislation is on hold. Things will still operate much the same as last year when the Farm Bill expired. Crop insurance, crop subsidies and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will still continue to receive funding. Crop subsidies and crop insurance programs will not […]

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Boost your savings with Section 179

Congress extended many tax deductions in 2013, including one important one for U.S. farmers. Unless Congress extends the Section 179 tax deduction, it is set to expire on Dec. 31. Equipment purchases made in either 2012 or 2013 can take advantage of the $500,000 deduction limit. Previously, the deduction limit was $125,000, but was retroactively […]

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Data.gov is a new source for agriculture statistics

If you haven’t checked out Data.gov, you are missing out on an opportunity to access a great deal of ag databases, tools and apps. Agriculture information was launched on this site on April 30 and continues to grow. With over 370 datasets available in the agriculture section of Data.gov, a wide range of information is […]

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Farmers warned to review crop insurance

While planting is wrapping up in many areas, a great deal of farmers still face the possibility of not getting crops in on time for the crop insurance final planting date. Final planting dates vary by area and crop. The final planting date is the last date that acres can be planted and still receive […]

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