News & Events

How to find out if your farm's tax strategy is still relevant

Published Nov. 17, 2015

Clear communication with your tax accountant and forward-looking tax planning can make a big difference for your farm.

NMPF manual advises farmers on antibiotic residues for milk, beef

Published Nov. 17, 2015

The Manual offers a concise review of appropriate antibiotic use in dairy animals, and can also be used as an educational tool for farm managers as they develop their best management practices necessary to avoid milk and meat residues

FDA finalizes produce safety rules

Published Nov. 17, 2015

The rules focus on “prevention” and seek to combat foodborne illness before it occurs. According to the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick each year from foodborne diseases.


Published Nov. 17, 2015

Johanns laid out the challenge that as the nation’s producers continue to shrink in numbers they will still need to grow more food for a growing world population. In addition that rising population will occur mostly in African countries.

USDA pushes link between schools, and local farmers, ranchers

Published Nov. 18, 2015

USDA is working to help schools buy more local fresh foods from farmers and ranchers with the release of nearly $5 million in grants for 74 projects in 39 states. In the release, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, notes: “Farm to school programs work – for schools, for producers and for communities

Lessons to learn from business closures outside of agriculture

Published Nov. 18, 2015

The agriculture industry is not the only facet of the economy that faces trials and tribulations of business dysfunction and changing trends. Today, we will focus on two businesses, with which I have worked, in the process of either closing their doors or seeking new ownership.

Ohio State ag dean Bruce McPheron to serve as interim provost

Published Nov. 19, 2015

Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake has named Bruce McPheron interim executive vice president and provost, effective Dec. 2. For the last three years, McPheron has served as the vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Thanksgiving Dinner Up a Tad, to Just Over $50

Published Nov. 20, 2015

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 30th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $50.11, a 70-cent increase from last year’s average of $49.41.

New farm pond recycles drainage water

Published Nov. 20, 2015

By April 1, the pond was full, ready and waiting for use by center pivots. Ninety-five percent of its water came from drain tile.

Ag groups to lawmakers: Make Section 179, tax extenders priority

Published Nov. 20, 2015

Higher expensing levels under IRS Section 179, for the past two years, have allowed farmers and business owners to take the full depreciation deduction of items such as machinery in the current tax year, with a maximum deduction of $500,000 and a phase-out threshold of $2 million.