FARM BUSINESS NEWS
Minding Ag's Business
Marcia Zarley Taylor DTN Executive Editor
Tue Mar 11, 2014 06:25 PM CDT



The link between aging farm landowners and capital gains rates is no coincidence: Many elderly farmers simply can't bear to share the proceeds of a wise lifetime investment when their heirs can have all past capital gains forgiven at death. This sentiment has become even more pronounced since good Iowa farmland runs $10,000/acre today but could have a tax basis as tiny as $200/acre if acquired in the 1950s. Is it any wonder that more than half of Iowa's farmland is owned by seniors who qualify to collect Social Security and 80-year-olds are some of the most aggressive bidders ...

Quick View
  • Dodge Down Corn Conditions have been right for stalk rot and ear molds in corn in many parts of the Midwest this ...
  • Cows That Last If you've priced replacement heifers lately, or even just added up all the costs of raising your ...
  • Chrysler: What's New for 2015 Here's something you don't want to do at a media event for seasoned automotive journalists from a...
  • Farm Investors Welcome Why own farms when you can own shares in a farmland pool? The advent of agriculture's first real ...
  • Rents Resist Price Relief Growers in bellwether corn states expect to make money on bushels -- not price -- in 2014, farm m...
  • GE Critics Range as Skeptics An ad-hoc committee of 18 scientists is tasked by the National Research Council with examining th...
  • Ask the Taxman by Andy Biebl CPA Andy Biebl helps readers wrestle with reality of health insurance costs, congressional inacti...
  • Ag Innovation Showcase At the sixth annual Ag Innovation Showcase in St. Louis this week, start-ups in search of investo...
  • Ask the Vet At what age should a cow be culled?
Related News Stories
Ag Interest Rate Snapshot
Fracking Study Finds No Water Pollution
Ag Innovation Showcase
Farming on the Mother Road - 9