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CT: August 01, 2008 15:31:49 CST
TREATING TWO ACTIVITIES AS ONE BENEFICIAL FOR TAXES
Sometimes a farm, livestock or horse activity may be closely connected to one's principal occupation, with certain tax advantages. If two activities are treated as one, deductions and income from each activity can be aggregated in deciding whether the taxpayer has the requisite profit motive under the IRS hobby loss rule.
CT: August 04, 2008 12:44:13 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- BLAME EVERYTHING
You know commodity prices are obscenely high when you breathe a sigh of relief seeing corn futures dip back down to around $6 per bushel, and you utter gratitude that crude oil slid back to around $125 per barrel.
CT: August 04, 2008 12:46:05 CST
History has a way of repeating itself. At times, the "repeat" and history are not separated by much time.
CT: August 05, 2008 15:26:07 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- SOMETHING'S MISSING
When I shook his hand I knew right away that something was missing. The reason I didn't have a good grasp on the situation was that what was missing was the rancher's thumb and opposing appendage.
CT: August 05, 2008 15:28:32 CST
CHAMPIONS NAMED AT 2008 NATIONAL JR. ANGUS SHOW
Members of the National Junior Angus Association celebrated “Christmas in July” during the 2008 National Junior Angus Show, July 13-19 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa.
CT: August 06, 2008 13:22:13 CST
BEEF BOARD EVALUATES THE CHECKOFF PROGRAM
There has been much discussion within the beef industry about potential improvements to the Beef Checkoff Program. USDA officials recently spoke with Cattlemen's Beef Board officers about their responsibility to develop and recommend changes to the Beef Promotion and Research Act and Order to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
CT: August 06, 2008 13:26:28 CST
FALL FEST SALE TO BE HELD IN SEPTEMBER
Plans are currently underway for the eighteenth annual Fall Fest Simmental/Simbrah Sale and this year breeders have already promised some outstanding, state-of-the-art Simmental and Simbrah cattle.
CT: August 07, 2008 15:25:31 CST
SUMMER FORAGE MANAGEMENT CAN BE A CHALLENGE
Dry conditions shorten the available grazing and increase the time for supplemental feeding of beef cattle of all classes. Although certain areas have received moderate to adequate rainfall, other areas continue to be dry and feel the effects of reduced rainfall this summer.
CT: August 07, 2008 15:27:17 CST
BLACK INK -- PROVING BEEF'S WORTH
People often measure value by their expectations.
CT: August 11, 2008 15:10:49 CST
NATIONAL JUNIOR SALERS SHOW HELD IN MISSOURI
There is nothing better for youth to learn career skills to be successful in life than a Junior National! This is why Salers junior enthusiasts across the country showed their enthusiasm for Missouri and participated in “Kickin' It Up In The Ozarks” at the 2008 American Salers Junior National, June 24-28 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, in Springfield, Missouri.
CT: August 11, 2008 15:12:40 CST
HEREFORD YOUTH COMPETE FOR SHOWMANSHIP TITLES
After a day of anticipation and three rounds of stiff competition, Kasey Herman, Skiatook, Okla., earned the coveted champion senior showman honor July 16 against nearly 100 competitors at the Junior National Hereford Expo in Kansas City. Reserve champion was Mark Sims, Elgin, Okla.
CT: August 11, 2008 15:15:41 CST
ANGUS TIMELY TOPICS
As I begin my first column, several thoughts run through my head as we look at the road ahead: the challenging times we face, the technologies we have available to us to master those challenges, the legacy great minds have built, and the responsibility we have to keep moving this breed forward.
CT: August 12, 2008 15:08:49 CST
THOMAS HONORED FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO ANGUS JUNIORS
Possessing a compassionate and giving character, along with his advocacy for hard work, Stan Thomas of Three Trees Ranch, Sharpsburg, Ga., has become a highly respected and appreciated man in the Angus industry.
CT: August 12, 2008 15:10:18 CST
LAUGHLIN NAMED ANGUS MEMBER SERVICES DIRECTOR
Don Laughlin, a long-time American Angus Association regional manager from Guilford, Mo., has been named director of member services for the Association.
CT: August 13, 2008 15:21:05 CST
RESEARCH SHOWS MARBLING IMPORTANT AND COMPLICATED
To start a lively discussion amongst a group of cattlemen, just utter the word, “marbling.” It's been called one of the most emotive words in the beef industry. From those who dismiss it as unimportant to the staunch defenders, opinions will vary.
CT: August 13, 2008 15:24:25 CST
BEEF BOARD BUDGET DOWN FROM 2008
The Beef Promotion Operating Committee has recommended a $45.8 million Cattlemen's Beef Board budget for Fiscal 2009, reflecting a sharp 6.6 percent decrease from the $49 million budget for Fiscal 2008.
CT: August 14, 2008 13:17:51 CST
SEMINAR TARGETS WOMEN WORKING IN AGRICULTURE
Two upcoming seminars will help women who work in farming businesses. This is the second year for “Mississippi Women in Agriculture – Annie's Project,” which targets women, who are often the sole decision makers in their agricultural businesses.
CT: August 14, 2008 13:21:02 CST
FLETCHALL RANCH TO HOST KLA/K-STATE RANCH MANAGEMENT FIELD DAY
Using canola as a grazing resource for cattle will highlight the topics to be addressed August 21 during a field day at Fletchall Ranch near Beloit, Kansas.
CT: August 15, 2008 15:06:46 CST
AMERICAN SIMMENTAL OFFERS INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
The American Simmental Association in Bozeman, Montana is offering two internships for Spring 2009.
CT: August 15, 2008 15:09:22 CST
FOCUS DAMS TOP LIMOUSIN BREED
Maternal efficiency is necessary for profitability in the cow-calf business. Each year, the North American Limousin Foundation honors the elite cows in its registry with inclusion on the Focus Dams list.
CT: August 18, 2008 15:08:00 CST
MANAGEMENT AT WEANING IS CRITICAL TO CALVES' EFFICIENCY
Besides calving, the most stressful period in the life of a calf is at weaning. This time period is vital to the cow-calf producer also.
CT: August 18, 2008 15:09:50 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- A PARENT'S GIFT
The “American Dream” is no longer owning a home... it's getting your kids to move out of that home.
CT: August 18, 2008 15:12:03 CST
For the fourth time in two years, mainstream media, the talking heads, those that know not they know not are claiming that a top in commodity values has been permanently forged.
CT: August 18, 2008 15:14:48 CST
CATTLEMEN JOIN FORCES TO ADDRESS INDUSTRY CONCERNS
Members of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association voted to oppose government intervention in the renewable fuels marketplace and to support immediate efforts to significantly reduce the impacts of that intervention on the cattle industry.
CT: August 20, 2008 14:05:24 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- DOG DAZE
“I don't know why they call these the dog days of summer,” gasped Hooter, sweat pouring down his face. “Any dog worth throwing a bone to would have more sense than trying to do anything in this heat.”
CT: August 20, 2008 14:07:34 CST
HEREFORD YOUTH FOUNDATION PRESENTS SCHOLARSHIPS
Roxane Gebhart, Nicole Starr and Josh VanDeWalle were awarded National Junior Merit Award Scholarships on July 18 at the Junior National Hereford Expo in Kansas City.
CT: August 21, 2008 13:45:11 CST
ANGUS TIMELY TOPICS
As Angus breeders, our efforts, our hopes and our dreams often rely on the promise of the next generation. We plan, measure and evaluate where we are currently, the direction we want to go and how to get to where we are going with the next generation. The promise of the next generation fills us with hope and optimism as we wait for our plans to be born, grow and mature.
CT: August 21, 2008 13:47:02 CST
SIMCONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN KENTUCKY
The Chenault Agriculture Center in Mount Sterling, Ky., will host a regional SimConference co-sponsored by the Kentucky Simmental Association on October 10, 2008.
CT: August 22, 2008 14:33:58 CST
ANGUSSOURCE CARCASS CHALLENGE WINNERS NAMED
Good data, good people and good cattle. In combination, they add up to top honors in the 2008 spring quarter AngusSource Carcass Challenge.
CT: August 22, 2008 14:36:28 CST
CONTRACTS BETWEEN PARENTS/CHILDREN CAN BE TRICKY
Rodeos, Olympic equestrian sports, skateboarding, car racing, golf, tennis and other sports have several things in common: Winning in these sports can bring lucrative prizes, scholarships, and advertising endorsement contracts. Some children show great promise in sports, such as Tiger Woods did in golf. Parents understandably want to help develop the sporting skills of talented children. This means funding and managing their child's aspiring career as an athlete in one field or another.
CT: August 25, 2008 10:40:16 CST
BRANDED PROGRAMS CAN ADD VALUE TO CALF CROPS
The same old broken record has been played over and over saying cattlemen are not good marketers. Poor timing, lack of knowledge, poor management or a combination of detrimental decisions makeup factors that separate the winners from the losers at sale time.
CT: August 25, 2008 10:43:37 CST
YOUNG ANGUS LEADERS PARTICIPATE IN LEAD
National Junior Angus Association members from 33 states and Canada participated in the LEAD Conference, Aug. 1-4 in Billings, Mont.
CT: August 26, 2008 13:50:21 CST
NORTH CAROLINA ANGUS FIELD DAY SET FOR SEPTEMBER 13
North Carolina Angus enthusiasts are encouraged to attend the 2008 North Carolina Angus Association field day at Primus Genetics, Millers Creek, N.C. Event attendees will enjoy food and fellowship at this year's event, which features a discussion panel on “Improving the Bottom Line for Angus Producers.”
CT: August 26, 2008 13:54:22 CST
$87.5 MILLION AIDS PRODUCERS PROTECTING CONSERVATION USES AFTER FLOODS AND DROUGHT
Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer announced that farmers and ranchers will receive USDA funding to repair land damage created by natural disasters in 34 states since September 2007.
CT: August 27, 2008 13:47:22 CST
PEREZ NAMED JUNIOR HEREFORD HERDSMAN OF THE YEAR
At the conclusion of the 2008 VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo it was announced that Drew Perez, a 4th generation Hereford breeder from Nara Visa, N.M., was voted on by his peers to win this year's Herdsman of the Year Award and coveted belt buckle.
CT: August 27, 2008 13:49:19 CST
LIMOUSIN JUNIORS SHOW CREATIVITY WHILE RAISING MORE THAN $5,000
North American Limousin Junior Association members got creative at the National Junior Limousin Show and Congress – July 12–18 in Sioux Falls, S.D. – in their efforts to raise funds for their organization.
CT: August 28, 2008 13:10:35 CST
REALBASIC STREAMLINES ONION TRACKING AT SNYDER LIVESTOCK COMPANY
You might not think of a farmer as having much interest in software development, but John Snyder does.
CT: August 28, 2008 13:14:30 CST
HISTORIC ANGUS HERD AWARDED TO LAKEVIEW FARM
Lakeview Farm, Newhebron, Miss., has been honored with the Historic Angus Herd Award by the American Angus Association® for their continued ownership and production of Angus cattle.
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