Trump Tax Reform Includes Repeal of Death Tax

Top officials in the Trump Administration released their proposal for comprehensive tax donald_trump_august_19_2015_croppedreform this week, calling it the “biggest tax cut in U.S. history.” The plan is designed to serve as the starting point as Congress and the Administration work to pass a comprehensive tax reform package this year.

Danielle Beck, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association director of government affairs, said the Administration included in the proposal immediate repeal of the Death Tax – a priority for NCBA. Listen to her comments on American Cattle News:

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Watch Out For Farm Equipment!

EquipmentRoadPlanting season has started and travelers will see an increase of farm equipment traveling the roads, especially in rural areas.  Please slow down well before you approach the equipment and only pass where legal and safe to do so.

Farm equipment has a legal right to operate on our roads and in most cases they will not pull over because of liability issues.  Drivers are advised to be patient, and pass with extreme caution. It is possible you’ll encounter farm equipment late into the night as farmers will work into the night trying to get their fields planted while the weather is suitable for planting.

The good news is, when farm equipment is planting, you know we might not see snow for a couple of months!!!! Hopefully….  – Jay Matteson, Jefferson County Ag (NY)

OK Foundation Provides Fire Relief Fund

To date, more than $1,000,000.00 has been donated to the Fire Relief fund set up by the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation, a 501(c)3, to aid Oklahoma ranchers following the wildfires in early March. Listen to interview here with Chancey Hanson OKcattleIndustry

“100 percent of the fire relief donation funds will be distributed directly to ranchers affected by the wildfires within 90 days of the fires and we want to remind ranchers that the application deadline is fast approaching,” said Jeff Jaronek, Coordinator of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation.  

Applications are due May 1, 2017 and will be reviewed by a committee to distribute the funds in an equitable manner.
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Iowa Cover Crops Help With Water Issues

Cover crops are quite popular in Iowa for several reasons, including soil conservation and helping with water quality issues.
That goes along with helping reduce nutrients to Iowa waters and the Gulf of Mexico with the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

Dr. Daniel Loy with Iowa State University and also director of the Iowa Beef Center explains on American Cattle News.

Illinois Cattle Producers Frustrated With State Government

Illinois cattle producers are frustrated with their state legislature afteIllinois Beefr lawmakers couldn’t pass a decent spending plan.

“Illinois has been going on two years now without a real state spending plan in place,” says Reid Blossom, executive vice-president of the Illinois Beef Association.

He explains on American Cattle News:


Producers Encouraged To Participate in USDA Census of Agriculture

America’s farmers and ranchers have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture.

Census17_Logo_NoYear_WithTaglineConducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census, to be mailed at the end of this year, is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them.

The 2017 USDA Census of Agriculture online questionnaire is accessible on any electronic device, calculates totals automatically, and skips questions that do not pertain to your operation.

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California Rain Is Welcome Relief

The recent California rain is welcome relief after five years of drought. The mood was upbeat at today’s Western Video Market Auction in Visalia.

“It’s exciting to see all the green grass,” says Celeste Settrini of Settrini Ranch near Salinas, California. The Salinas Valley area has received more than 36 inches of rain this season. More with Celeste in this American Cattle News video with Patrick Cavanaugh.

China To End Ban on U.S. Beef

The American cattle industry is optimistic that U.S. beef exports will resume with China after President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping reportedly reached an agreement to end the ban.
pic12China had already removed a ban on some U.S. beef products last year. The barricade was put in place after a case of BSE was found in Washington state.

“The country is the world’s second-biggest beef buyer after rapid economic growth over the past decade created an expanding middle class that can afford more protein in their diets,” Bloomberg reports.

Meat Institute Welcomes Delay of GIPSA

Meat Institute President and CEO Barry Carpenter expressed appreciation to the Administration today following the announcement delaying by 180 daysNAMI the effective date of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s (GIPSA or the agency) Interim Final Rule (IFR) regarding the scope of the Packers and Stockyards Act.

Delaying the IFR, which was set to become effective April 22, allows the new Agriculture Secretary to review the rule and comments submitted in late March. The agency also will publish tomorrow a proposed rule seeking comment regarding whether the IFR should be permanently withdrawn, among other options.  Continue reading