Estate Tax Could Be Killed This Year

By Patrick Cavanaugh

dcDanielle Beck, the Director of Governmental Affairs with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. She and others of the industry are applauding the introduction of a bipartisan legislation that would permanently kill the onerous estate tax that harshly affects the cattle industry.

US Senator, John Thune, of South Dakota and by US Representatives, Kristi Noem of South Dakota and Sanford Bishop of Georgia, introduced the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017 this week. Beck said, “It’s a huge priority for the NCBA.”

Last Congress, Chairman Kevin Brady, 8th District, Texas introduced the blueprint, Pathways to Tax Reform. “It’s something that they’ve been gearing up towards and now that we have a Republican in both chambers of Congress, and then a Republican in the White House, it seems like they’re shooting with bullets this year. We’re excited to see what happens moving forward,” Beck said.

And of course, the estate tax has been devastating to ranching families. “In 2006 it was estimated that family businesses spent $27.8 billion just to comply with the law. It’s hard to estimate exactly what the total savings will be. Ultimately, at the end of the day we know that the Estate Tax impedes economic growth because it discourages savings and capital accumulation,” said Beck.

And if the cattle-ranching families are not saddled with the huge burden of Estate Tax it will allow them to invest in their own businesses and communities.

“We’ve met with the committee recently and they are full-speed ahead. We think that we’ll probably see some sort of legislation whether it’s a comprehensive reform bill or reconciliation sometime in the spring,” said Beck. “They have committed a number of times that they want to get something passed and into law by the August recess, so they’re moving quickly.”

Many ranch families are asset rich and cash poor. Most of the value of the estate is attributed to the value of the land, livestock, and the equipment used. Oftentimes, when producers are faced with paying an Estate Tax they have to sell off many of their assets to just make ends meet.

Cattle Industry Meeting This Week in Nashville

A number of issues will confront the nation’s cattle raisers when they convene for the 120th annual convention and trade show of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association starting Wednesday at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. One of the pressing issues, market volatility. Read More

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Cattlemen Express Concerns Over Trade Action

President Trump’s promise to pull out of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal has agriculture groups concerned, including the cattle industry. Tracy Brunner, President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, released the following statement in response to Trump’s announcement that he is withdrawing the United States from the TPP trade deal and may seek to take action on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

“TPP and Ntpp_enlargementAFTA have long been convenient political punching bags, but the reality is that foreign trade has been one of the greatest success stories in the long history of the U.S. beef industry.

“Fact is American cattle producers are already losing out on $400,000 in sales every day because we don’t have TPP, and since NAFTA was implemented, exports of American-produced beef to Mexico have grown by more than 750 percent. We’re especially concerned that the Administration is taking these actions without any meaningful alternatives in place that would compensate for the tremendous loss that cattle producers will face without TPP or NAFTA.

“Sparking a trade war with Canada, Mexico, and Asia will only lead to higher prices for American-produced beef in those markets and put our American producers at a much steeper competitive disadvantage. The fact remains that 96 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the United States, and expanding access to those consumers is the single best thing we can do to help American cattle-producing families be more successful.”

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Texas Cattle Fever Tick Nothing New

Waco, TX – The challenges with cattle fever ticks continues in south Texas.

“It’s a detrimental infestation,” says Tracy Tomascik with the Texas Farm Bureau. “We’ve had a bit of an outbreak.”

He told American Cattle News that cattle fever ticks starting creeping out last November when they were found about 110 miles outside of the border quarantine zone area.  The tick vectors a bacteria into the cow breaking down the cow’s red blood cells causing anemia and enlarged spleens.cattle_inspected_for_ticks

“Eventually if the infection becomes bad enough, you’ll lose that livestock,” he said.

The cattle fever tick issue is nothing new to Texas. Tomascik says they’ve been at the forefront of it since the 1800’s.

“Our Texas Animal Health Commission started up as a result of the first infestation of cattle fever ticks, so we’re well rehearsed in dealing with them” he says. “In efforts to eradicate them the first thing that happens is quarantine whenever infested animals are identified.” He says after that, the best method is to dip or spray the cattle with Co-Ral.

“It does a very effective job of eradicating the tick population that is on that animal,” he says. “With proximity to Mexico, all cattle imported from Mexico have to go through that treatment protocol prior to entry into the United States.”

He says it is something southern Texas has been familiar with because Mexico has an infestation of cattle fever ticks.


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