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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Top 10 blog posts for 2013

2013 is wrapping up, so we wanted to share our top 10 blog posts for the year. 10. Application boom height and the battle against weeds At Farm Progress Show, Bob Wolf discussed spray applications how boom height plays an important role in your spraying set up. He also shared where trends are heading over […]

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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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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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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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Farm Bill moves forward with both Senate and House

Committees in both the Senate and House have passed versions of the 2013 Farm Bill. While a final version is far from implementation, it is a step forward. The Senate voted 15 to 5 in favor of the mark up on May 14, and the House voted for the mark up 36 to 10 the […]

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Changes coming for foreign workers in farming

Immigration issues have long been a source of great controversy, and new immigration legislation is just around the corner that will affect the farming industry. According to The Washington Post’s article, Senate immigration bill would set up a new permanent agriculture worker program, as of now, at least 50 percent and as much as 70 […]

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