I was somewhat caught off-guard Friday when a few members of Practical Farmers of Iowa asked that I stick around their conference for a one-woman play performance. I was already facing an evening drive home and dinner from a drive-thru.
Peak salaries used to attract young operators back to the farm since 2006 can encourage an over-inflated value of their worth to the business, warned DTN Farm Family Business Consultant Lance Woodbury in his most recent column (subscribers see the Farm Business page or Recent Features).
1/26 2:02PM March soybeans closed higher, thanks to another push of commercial-led buying in soybean meal. March Chicago wheat posted its lowest close in over two months after USDA released another lackluster weekly report of wheat export inspections.
Fri Jan 16, 2015 07:37 AM CST University of Illinois entomologist Mike Gray recommends re-evaluating insect treatment inputs such Bt hybrids, treated soybean seed, and routine foliar insecticide sprays as farmers face tight margins in 2015.
Wed Jan 21, 2015 12:09 PM CST With the markets tipping in the favor of beans, some growers are considering planting soybeans after soybeans this year, but agronomists, plant pathologists and weed scientists warn that the practice comes with a host of agronomic issues.
Thu Jan 22, 2015 10:31 AM CST Helicoverpa armigera, a dangerous global pest that is closely related to the corn earworm, has been discovered in Puerto Rico, and experts say an invasion of the U.S. mainland is "just a matter of time."
Combine genotyping with a yearling bull, or even a weanling, and you're less likely to make a poor pick. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Sam Wirzba)
The Attraction of YouthYoung Bulls Become a Safe Bet1/26 10:49AM Combine genotyping with a yearling bull, or even a weanling, and you're less likely to make a poor pick.
Mon Jan 26, 2015 11:08 AM CST Members of the eight organizations comprising the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group were sent a proposal last week in the latest effort to reach industry agreement on ways to increase beef checkoff revenues.
Mon Jan 26, 2015 08:53 AM CST Most corn and soybean operators are seeing red in their 2015 projections. They need an unexpected market rally or relief from production costs to avoid the most serious financial mishap in 25 years.
Under Obamacare, Julie Taylor and husband Brian have spent countless hours trying to find an affordable health care solution for themselves and the farm's only full-time employee, son Justin. ACA regulations greatly restrict reimbursement arrangements when employers do not provide group health insurance, although there is an exemption for single-employee coverage. (Photo courtesy of Julie Taylor)
Fines for Fringe BenefitsBeware Huge Penalties on Health Care Compensation1/15 10:45AM A little-noticed rule in the Affordable Care Act could impose huge penalties on small business. In most cases, if you have offered employees cash reimbursements instead of business-provided health care insurance, you must make changes retroactive to 2014 or face fines of $36,500 per employee per year.
Mon Jan 5, 2015 12:43 PM CST Some may consider Oklahoma farmer Bill Rosener's shop to be small. But every square foot is packed with valuable ideas.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last fall attempted to push for a second, separate beef checkoff program only to see those efforts blocked by Congress. (Courtesy logo)
Beef Checkoff Effort ResumesGroups Asked to Support Plan to Put Checkoff Increase to a Vote1/21 4:20PM Members of the eight organizations comprising the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group were sent a proposal last week in the latest effort to reach industry agreement on ways to increase beef checkoff revenues.
Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:00 PM CST Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Al Franken, D-Minn., are set to introduce a bill that would make capital gains from Chapter 12 farm sales not subject to capital gains tax.
Wed Jan 21, 2015 04:22 PM CST 2015 already is shaping up to be a year of veto threats from President Barack Obama and a push by the Republican Congress to override him while simultaneously dialing back his executive orders. Trade may be the one area of agreement between the White House and Congress.
Agriculture interest groups have their eyes on potential movement on Endangered Species Act reform. Most recently the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the lesser prairie chicken as threatened, raising eyebrows among landowners in several states. (Photo by Marcus Miller, courtesy NRCS)
Ag and Environment OutlookAg Industry Keeps Eye on EPA Policies, ESA Reform, Pesticide Lawsuit 1/26 8:34AM Agriculture continues to watch how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency implements the proposed Clean Water Act rule, but there are other issues that will attract attention, including Endangered Species Act reform, recently proposed National Ambient Air Quality standards, and a lawsuit that could make it more difficult for farmers across the country to use the chemicals they need.
Mon Jan 26, 2015 08:39 AM CST 2015 already is shaping up to be a year of veto threats from President Barack Obama and a push by the Republican Congress to override him while simultaneously dialing back his executive orders. Trade may be the one area of agreement between the White House and Congress.