Ethanol has its challenges for 2013 and 2014

The ethanol industry is facing some significant challenges this year. High corn prices have significantly reduced ethanol production margins and some plants have shut down. FULL STORY »

New tax law increases direct expense deduction for 2012 and 2013

The recently passed American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA) of 2012 increased direct expensing for certain depreciable assets to $500,000. FULL STORY »

Stuck in the mud? Publication helps farmers extract machinery

Pulling farm machinery, fertilizer and spray applicators and trucks out of soft soil or ditches is best done by a professional, says a Purdue University specialist. Although discussion of this topic seems far from necessary with the continuing drought in some areas, rain will arrive someday and wet roads and fields have actually been a problem in the South already. FULL STORY »

Hiring top-notch farm labor means digging deep

Recruiting, hiring and keeping the best farm workers require careful planning and knowing how to select the best people for the job. FULL STORY »

Despite extension, farm policy could see changes and cuts

Although Congress extended the farm bill until Sept. 30, 2013, the director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri says several factors may cause Congress to revisit the legislation sooner rather than later. FULL STORY »

Drought seen worsening in U.S. Plains and western Midwest

Dry weather continues to plague the drought-stricken U.S. Plains and western Midwest with only light showers and snowfall expected this week, an agricultural meteorologist said on Monday. FULL STORY »

D.C. Watch: Temporary solutions for U.S. spending, budget woes

Congress has avoided a fight with the Administration over the debt ceiling, at least for a little while. In effect, policymakers agreed to essentially suspend the borrowing limit until May 18. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: 2012 worst financial year since 2009

Iowa State University calculations estimate the average cost of production for market hogs slaughtered in December was $73.96 per hundred pounds, live weight. For all of last year, the average market hog lost $12.47 per head making 2012 the worst year financially since 2009. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Packer animal welfare programs

At the Iowa and Minnesota Pork Congress, Hormel met with producers who supply live hogs to their slaughter plants. FULL STORY »

Atrazine has a huge impact on Missouri economy

Atrazine, presently used on more than 85 percent of the corn acres in Missouri, is considered one of the most effective and least costly herbicides in use. University of Missouri Extension is helping farmers and communities manage atrazine runoff so the herbicide remains available. FULL STORY »

Legislation removes some uncertainty on estate taxes

The recent “fiscal cliff” legislation provides small businesses and farms some much-needed relief from uncertainty about estate taxes, says a University of Missouri Extension agricultural economist. FULL STORY »

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