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Farm Bill: Sen. Grassley Targets Commodity Payments to Big Farms – DTN

Farm Bill: Sen. Grassley Targets Commodity Payments to Big Farms – DTN

👤By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter 🕔Dec 6, 2017

A new USDA report shows larger farms with higher household incomes have increasingly seen more in federal commodity payments as farms in the United States have consolidated. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, told agriculture journalists on Tuesday he plans to use

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A Look at the EPA: Recent Perspectives on the RFS and Agriculture

A Look at the EPA: Recent Perspectives on the RFS and Agriculture

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Dec 4, 2017

Recall that in December of 2016, agricultural policy observers expressed some measure of unease with President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.  As The Wall Street Journal stated at the time, “After campaigning as a strong supporter of the use

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Livestock: Court Grants EPA Extension of Farm Emissions Report Deadline

Livestock: Court Grants EPA Extension of Farm Emissions Report Deadline

👤From the EPA 🕔Dec 1, 2017

On Wednesday, November 22, 2017, in response to a request from the Trump administration EPA, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals effectively extended the deadline for farmers to report air releases of hazardous substances from animal waste at livestock operations

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Farmer Cooperative Group Worries about Possible Tax Law Change – DTN

Farmer Cooperative Group Worries about Possible Tax Law Change – DTN

👤By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor 🕔Dec 1, 2017

The head of the National Council of Farmer Cooperative is concerned about how tax law will treat a 17.4% tax deduction that could pass from cooperatives through to farmers but leave farmer cooperatives without the same financial benefit they now

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Ag Truckers Want More Than 90 Day Extension on DOT Mandate – DTN

Ag Truckers Want More Than 90 Day Extension on DOT Mandate – DTN

👤By Mary Kennedy, DTN Cash Grains Analyst 🕔Nov 29, 2017

On Monday, Nov. 20, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a 90-day exemption for truckers hauling agriculture loads and livestock to comply with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) electronic logging device mandate (ELD). The mandate is set

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Congress Returns to Work: Taxes and Ag Nominees – DTN

Congress Returns to Work: Taxes and Ag Nominees – DTN

👤By Jerry Hagstrom, DTN Political Correspondent 🕔Nov 28, 2017

Congress returns to Washington this week for what is scheduled to be a three-week session before the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, with an agenda filled with taxes and budget issues while three key nominees for agriculture positions remain unconfirmed.

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Farm Bill: Tax Legislation and the Specter of Sequestration

Farm Bill: Tax Legislation and the Specter of Sequestration

👤By Jonathan Coppess, Gary Schnitkey, and Nick Paulson, University of Illinois Ag Economists; and Carl Zulauf, Ohio State University Ag Economist 🕔Nov 24, 2017

A recent analysis by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has raised concerns about the potential impact the Congressional tax bills could have on farm programs and the farm bill. In short, the concern raised is that if the tax bills

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Livestock: Oklahoma Beef Checkoff Fails – DTN

Livestock: Oklahoma Beef Checkoff Fails – DTN

👤By Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor 🕔Nov 10, 2017

A vote to increase the Oklahoma beef checkoff by $1 has failed with 2,506 opposing the increase and 1,998 backing the measure. The debate leading up to the vote was an acrimonious affair among various groups. The outcome led to

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NAFTA: Ag Lobbyists Speak Out, Not All in Agreement – DTN

NAFTA: Ag Lobbyists Speak Out, Not All in Agreement – DTN

👤By Jerry Hagstrom, DTN Political Correspondent 🕔Nov 10, 2017

House Agriculture Committee leaders and a group of prominent farm lobbyists on Tuesday called on the Trump administration not to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement and to finish the negotiations quickly to avoid a decline in U.S.

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Tax Reform: Self-Employment Tax Looming for Landowners Leasing to Farmers or Family Partnership – DTN

Tax Reform: Self-Employment Tax Looming for Landowners Leasing to Farmers or Family Partnership – DTN

👤By Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor 🕔Nov 8, 2017

The House tax-reform bill meant to lower taxes could lead to a self-employment tax hitting every landowner who leases land to a farmer and farmers who lease farmland to a family partnership. The tax bill would be 15.3% higher under

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