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Farm Policy Review and Outlook for the 2018 Farm Bill

Farm Policy Review and Outlook for the 2018 Farm Bill

👤By Jonathan Coppess, University of Illinois Ag Economist 🕔Jan 5, 2018

This is a presentation summary from the 2017 Illinois Farm Economics Summit (IFES) which occurred December 18-22, 2017. A complete collection of presentations including PowerPoint Slides (PPT) and printable summaries (PDF) are available here. The Agriculture Act of 2014 — three

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Crop Insurance: Changes to 2018 Crop Insurance Rates

Crop Insurance: Changes to 2018 Crop Insurance Rates

👤By Gary Schnitke, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics University of Illinois 🕔Jan 4, 2018

The Risk Management Agency has released rates needed to calculate 2018 crop insurance premium. Revenue Protection (RP) rate changes suggest slightly higher corn premiums and lower soybean premiums. Given that 2018 projected prices and volatilities are lower than 2017 values,

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Shurley On Cotton: Looking For A Safety Net

Shurley On Cotton: Looking For A Safety Net

👤By Don Shurley, Professor Emeritus of Cotton Economics, University of Georgia 🕔Jan 4, 2018

Under the 2014 farm bill (2014-2018 crop years), cotton is not a “covered commodity” and thus not eligible for ARC and PLC.  The 2014 farm bill made several changes to cotton that included: Cotton is not a covered commodity and

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Mississippi: Winter Commodity Conference Hosted by Farm Bureau, Jackson, Jan. 22-23

Mississippi: Winter Commodity Conference Hosted by Farm Bureau, Jackson, Jan. 22-23

👤From a Press Release 🕔Jan 4, 2018

The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Winter Commodity Conference will be held January 22-23, 2018, at the MFBF Building located at 6311 Ridgewood Road in Jackson, Mississippi.  This is a 2-day event which will allow participants to attend the general session specific to

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Farm Business: Take Note of the 2018 Federal Estate Tax Exemption

Farm Business: Take Note of the 2018 Federal Estate Tax Exemption

👤By Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, Texas Agrilife Extension Service 🕔Jan 4, 2018

With the start of a new year and the passage of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” there are important changes to the federal estate tax.  Everyone should take time to understand the current and any new estate tax law

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California Law Requiring Cancer Warning on Glyphosate Label Challenged – DTN

California Law Requiring Cancer Warning on Glyphosate Label Challenged – DTN

👤By Todd Neeley DTN Staff Reporter 🕔Jan 4, 2018

Attorneys general in 11 states have joined agriculture groups in asking a district court to block a law in California that requires labels on products that may contain the herbicide glyphosate, known as Proposition 65.   On Dec. 27, 2017, a

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New Tax Landscape And Farmers: Sorting Through Your Options – DTN

New Tax Landscape And Farmers: Sorting Through Your Options – DTN

👤By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor 🕔Jan 3, 2018

It’s going to take months before the IRS starts sorting out the tax law with issues such as where to take income deductions for pass-through entities, but there are still some things for farmers to consider when planning taxes for

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AgFax Weekend: Jan 1, 2018 – Fertilizer Movin’ on Up; Fav Farm Video; Glyphosate Formulations

AgFax Weekend: Jan 1, 2018 – Fertilizer Movin’ on Up; Fav Farm Video; Glyphosate Formulations

🕔Dec 29, 2017

Year round weekly new edition from AgFax Media features the top ag news of the week.

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Livestock: Reading The Market’s Historic Fine Print – DTN

Livestock: Reading The Market’s Historic Fine Print – DTN

👤By John Harrington, DTN Livestock Analyst 🕔Dec 29, 2017

The road from Henry C. Wallace to Sonny Perdue constitutes a long journey from one extreme destination to another, especially when marking the nearly century-long route with speed-limit signs linked to the Packers and Stockyards Administration. The convoluted map documents

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New Tax Bill: 2 Things To Strongly Consider Doing Before December 31

New Tax Bill: 2 Things To Strongly Consider Doing Before December 31

👤By Dwight Raab, Illinois Farm Business Farm Management Assn. and and University of Illinois 🕔Dec 27, 2017

With the recent passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Congress passed on 12/20; President signed on 12/22) there are significant changes to the deductible amount of state income, property tax and real estate tax used in calculating itemized

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