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  Everyone interested in the farmer lawsuits against Syngenta knows about reports of a settlement between the disputing parties, achieved in the midst of a jury trial.  But the settling parties aren’t saying what the details of the settlement might be. Following is an effort to gather some avail... (full story)


Ag Decision Maker Business Solutions for Farms and Agribusiness from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach September Newsletter (pdf) Financial stress in Iowa farms New grain bid comparison tool Crop Revenue insurance proceeds — price loss versus yield loss National Farm Safety and Heal... (full story)


Ag Decision Maker Business Solutions for Farms and Agribusiness from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach August Newsletter (pdf) Crop insurance coverage-frequently asked questions in times of drought or floods Land quality perceptions in expert opinion surveys: evidence from Iowa New and... (full story)


Chad Hart, ISU Extension Grain Marketing Economist, provides a summary of the latest USDA reports. The first official tour of the nation’s fields this summer resulted in better crop yield and production estimates than the market was expecting. The national corn yield estimate came in at 169.5 bus... (full story)


Contributed by William Edwards, extension economist Corn that has suffered severe drought damage is sometimes harvested as silage instead of as grain. It can still have significant feed value if harvested at the right stage. See the article “Alternatives for Drought-damaged Corn—Grain Crop or... (full story)


  Farmers, like other business owners, may deduct “ordinary and necessary expenses paid . . . in carrying on any trade or business.” IRC § 162.  In agriculture, these ordinary and necessary expenses include car and truck expenses, fertilizer, seed, rent, insurance, fuel, and other costs of... (full story)


  Farmers, like other business owners, may deduct “ordinary and necessary expenses paid . . . in carrying on any trade or business.” IRC § 162.  In agriculture, these ordinary and necessary expenses include car and truck expenses, fertilizer, seed, rent, insurance, fuel, and other costs of... (full story)


  Preparing tax returns for farmers and ranchers requires specialized knowledge of tax rules and provisions that apply only to those in the business of farming. Individuals, partnerships, and trusts and estates generally report farm income and expenses on Form 1040, Schedule F. Taxpayers use this... (full story)


  Preparing tax returns for farmers and ranchers requires specialized knowledge of tax rules and provisions that apply only to those in the business of farming. Individuals, partnerships, and trusts and estates generally report farm income and expenses on Form 1040, Schedule F. Taxpayers use this... (full story)


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Ag Decision Maker Business Solutions for Farms and Agribusiness from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach July Newsletter (pdf) Where are Iowa and U.S. land values headed? Research briefs from the ISU Department of Economics Farmland leasing meetings New and Updated Files Livestock —... (full story)


Chad Hart, ISU Extension Grain Marketing Economist, provides a summary of the latest USDA reports. The Acreage and Grain Stocks reports were released June 30th. And for the most part, the numbers were within the range of expectations.  The corn numbers ran a bit higher than the trade expectations... (full story)


  The decision to lease farm ground comes with many choices: cash rent, crop share, or some combination thereof. Parties to a lease must understand that each option has distinct income tax implications. This fact sheet[1] provides a brief overview of several key tax considerations associated with... (full story)


Ag Decision Maker Business Solutions for Farms and Agribusiness from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach June Newsletter (pdf) Developing a crop marketing plan Increase leasing arrangement knowledge and communication between tenants and land owners at 2017 Farmland Leasing Meetings Produce... (full story)


Ag Decision Maker Business Solutions for Farms and Agribusiness from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach May Newsletter (pdf) Cash rental rates fall for a fourth consecutive year in Iowa Ag cooperatives consolidating, too Share Feedback on Ag Decision Maker -We appreciate a few minutes of... (full story)


Ag Decision Maker Business Solutions for Farms and Agribusiness from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach April Newsletter (pdf) Custom rates and machinery rental rates shared in the 2017 Iowa farm custom rate survey Adding additional work off-the-farm Share Feedback on Ag Decision Maker ... (full story)


Ag Decision Maker Business Solutions for Farms and Agribusiness from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach March Newsletter (pdf) Co-ops managing through low margins Mediation provides assistance to farmers facing financial difficulties USDA announces CRP changes to help improve water quality... (full story)


Ag Decision Maker Business Solutions for Farms and Agribusiness from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach February Newsletter (pdf) Lower costs bring cautious optimism in 2017 Why have farm family living expenses been identified as a problem? New and Updated Files Crops — Cost &... (full story)


Chad Hart, ISU Extension Grain Marketing Economist, highlights new Iowa State University Extension and Outreach videos for today’s current farm financial situation. With commodity prices low and projected to stay that way over the next couple years, farmers have begun to feel the pinch in the... (full story)


  The Iowa Supreme Court today issued a ruling favoring the drainage districts in three northwest Iowa counties in the high profile Des Moines Water Works nitrate litigation. This ruling effectively means that the federal court will enter summary judgment in favor of the districts with respect to... (full story)


Ag Decision Maker Business Solutions for Farms and Agribusiness from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach January Newsletter (pdf) Interpretation of Iowa land value survey results Livestock prices stabilizing after rollercoaster rise and fall New and Updated Files Crops — Cost &... (full story)


  As we close out the year, we pause to review important developments in agricultural law from 2016. The year saw several notable rulings under the Clean Water Act,as well as the progression of several key Clean Water Act cases. Federal regulators unveiled new rules, and Congress passed legislation... (full story)


This December 20, 2016 webinar is designed for both practitioners and producers. Teaching this webinar is Dr. Keri Jacobs, an assistant professor and cooperatives extension economist in the Department of Economics at Iowa State University. Dr. Jacobs holds the Iowa Institute for Cooperatives Economi... (full story)


  This December 20, 2016 webinar is designed for both practitioners and producers. Teaching this webinar is Dr. Keri Jacobs, an assistant professor and cooperatives extension economist in the Department of Economics at Iowa State University. Dr. Jacobs holds the Iowa Institute for Cooperatives Econ... (full story)


Ag Decision Maker Business Solutions for Farms and Agribusiness from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach December Newsletter (pdf) Of maize and markets: China’s new corn policy New and Updated Files Crops — Other: Making the Transition from Conventional to Organic Production (Decisi... (full story)


Steven D. Johnson, Ph.D., Farm Management Specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, shared marketing tools and tips for the 2016 crop. Keep an eye on your local basis to see if you should continue to store or price some of your corn. Farmers who have unpriced corn might consider usin... (full story)


A news conference will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 13 to announce the results of the 2016 Iowa Land Value Survey conducted by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. This year’s conference... (full story)


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Update: On November 22, 2016, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction, blocking implementation of the new Rule nationwide, pending futher review. The court ruled that the state plaintiffs have established a prima facie case that the Departme... (full story)


Ag Decision Maker Business Solutions for Farms and Agribusiness from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach November Newsletter (pdf) Payments under 2014 Farm Bill safety net provide small cushion for producers in many Iowa counties Relieving farm cash flow problems with commodity credit loans... (full story)


Steve Johnson, ISU extension field specialist, shares details on the Iowa Commodity Challenge, a program developed with Chad Hart, ISU extension economist and Ed Kordick, Iowa Farm Bureau, offers simulation using real world prices to help explore various marketing strategies. The Iowa Commodity Chal... (full story)


  Marketplace open enrollment for 2017 begins November 1, 2016. Consequently, beginning tomorrow, eligible Americans can go to healthcare.gov to enroll in a health care plan under the Affordable Care Act. Likewise, many open enrollment periods for employer-provided health care coverage are also und... (full story)


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Alejandro Plastina, ISU Extension Economist, and Ann Johanns, Extension Program Specialist, provide an explanation of the data used in calculating 2015 ARC-CO payments in Iowa. Final data on 2015 county level yields was recently released by the USDA Farm Service Agency. This is the final informatio... (full story)


Chad Hart, ISU Extension Grain Marketing Economist, provides a summary of the latest USDA reports. USDA updated its projections for the 2016 corn and soybean crops. And while the national corn yield is reduced, the national soybean yield is increased and record production is still on the books for... (full story)


Chad Hart, ISU Extension Grain Marketing Economist, provides a summary of the latest USDA reports. Stock levels for corn and soybeans were up in the most recent USDA report, but the trade expected that as we move into the next marketing year. Corn ending stocks were estimated at 1.74 billion bushel... (full story)


  >Overview During a financial downturn, the law of secured transactions becomes more important. More financial impairment means more disputes over who has priority in a pot that’s not large enough to go around. During these times, a key, but sometimes overlooked, component of debtor-creditor... (full story)


Overview The Syngenta litigation reached a crucial milestone on September 26, 2016, when U.S. District Judge John W. Lungstrum issued an order certifying a nationwide class and eight statewide classes of producer plaintiffs in the multi-district litigation pending since 2014. Many farmers will soon... (full story)


William Edwards, retired extension economist, on issues from flooding regarding crop insurance, rented acres and looking ahead to 2017. Some Iowa corn and soybean producers are facing substantial if not complete crop losses due to flooding. Fortunately, nearly 90 percent of Iowa’s corn and soybean... (full story)


  The Iowa Supreme Court heard oral arguments on September 14, 2016, regarding the common law claims set forth in the Des Moines Water Works complaint. The Court will now consider whether the lawsuit’s claims seeking money damages and injunctive relief can continue under Iowa law or whether the... (full story)


Ag Decision Maker Business Solutions for Farms and Agribusiness from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach September Newsletter (pdf) Join Start to Farm, a network for new farmers Crude oil prices and U.S. crop exports: exploring the secondary links between the energy and ag markets New and... (full story)


  Overview Owning property is richly rewarding. It can also be fraught with liability. This fact sheet provides a general overview of several key legal issues that owners and occupiers of rural property in Iowa should understand. It is not a comprehensive review of liability risks or the steps land... (full story)


Overview Beginning December 1, 2016, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) will begin enforcing a new rule that will radically change overtime pay requirements throughout the country. The Final Rule, 81 FR 32391, officially called “Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Admini... (full story)


This was our review of the new Rule in August: Overview Beginning December 1, 2016, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) will begin enforcing a new rule that will radically change overtime pay requirements throughout the country. The Final Rule, 81 FR 32391, officially called “Defining and... (full story)


If a partnership elects to apply the new partnership audit process, it may not elect out of the new rules under the small partnership exception with respect to that return. The regulation further provides that the election must comply with the procedures to be a valid election and once made, it can... (full story)


  Background Iowa fence law has long sought to protect agricultural interests. Iowa fencing statutes date from earliest times, predating the Iowa Code of 1851. Of the current Iowa fence statute, Iowa Code ch. 359A, the Iowa Supreme Court has stated, “It is difficult to imagine a more deeply roote... (full story)


  Background Iowa fence law has long sought to protect agricultural interests. Iowa fencing statutes date from earliest times, predating the Iowa Code of 1851. Of the current Iowa fence statute, Iowa Code ch. 359A, the Iowa Supreme Court has stated, “It is difficult to imagine a more deeply roote... (full story)


  Background Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution designed to draw conflicts to a close without costly and time-consuming litigation. Typically, a neutral third-party mediator works with two sides to a dispute in an attempt to reach an agreement that is acceptable to both parties... (full story)


Ag Decision Maker Business Solutions for Farms and Agribusiness from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach July Newsletter (pdf) Iowa State University Beginning Farmer Center is expanding programs Research briefs from the ISU Department of Economics Impact of ISU Extension and Outreach leasin... (full story)


Chad Hart, ISU Extension Grain Marketing Economist, provides a summary of the latest USDA reports. The July updates from USDA pushed both crop supplies and demands higher. But in the longer run, stock levels are projected to be higher, with steady to lower prices. On the supply side, the revised... (full story)


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