NIFA grants to fund beginning producers
USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of more than $18 million in grants to help train, educate and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers

Beef industry on the mend in 2010 
The cattle industry should be on the mend in 2010, says Purdue University Extension economist Chris Hurt.

2009 ag income tax update for farm families 
For tax years 2009 and 2010, there are a number changes that have resulted from the passage of federal tax laws.

ISU offers financial info for livestock producers 
At a time when livestock producers continue to grapple with the tough economy, Iowa State University Extension wants to make it easier for producers to find educational resources they need.

Managing financial stress 
The “perfect storm” of high feed prices, increased input costs and low product demand has created the worst financial situation of a lifetime for many livestock producers, says University of Nebraska farm transition specialist Dave Goeller.

Investing for Farm Families course 
A new online course sponsored by eXtension, an educational partnership of more than 70 land-grant universities, helps farmers plan for a secure future.

Keys to economic survival 
Tough financial times have hit communities across the United States and beyond, but the problems are not just urban and suburban. Many farm families have been hit hard by economic forces, many of which were beyond their control.

Plan ahead for tax season 
While many farmers are still trying to finish up with harvest, now also is the time to start thinking about year-end tax planning, says the Nebraska Farm Business Association director.

Managing financial stress 
The “Perfect Storm” of high feed prices, increased input costs and low product demand has created the worst financial situation of a lifetime for many livestock producers.

Working with your ag lender 
With credit markets tight and most agricultural enterprises less profitable than in recent years, farmers and ranchers face still challenges in securing financing. But all is not lost.

Help with farm financial management 
The Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota has created a new online workshop series to help ag producers understand and use common financial statements and measures.

New calculator helps sort out feed costs 
Feed typically accounts for the largest input cost in beef production, but a new the University of Illinois now offers an on-line calculator to help producers compare feedstuffs and make economical choices.

NCBA supports Estate Tax Relief Act 
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association urges Congress to pass legislation providing additional relief and permanency in the tax code for America’s farmers, ranchers and other small business owners.

Carbon credits for farmland
If agricultural producers are allowed to participate in a national cap-and-trade system to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the opportunity to sell carbon offsets could prompt farmers to manage their land differently, according to a new USDA report.

USDA begins issuing livestock forage disaster payments 
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that ranchers who have signed up for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) have begun receiving disaster payments for forage losses due to severe drought. Producers are reminded that LFP sign up for 2008 losses ends Dec. 10, 2009, and Jan. 30, 2010, for 2009 losses.

Protect your operation from radical activists 
The Animal Agriculture Alliance has a long track record of promoting the implementation of science-based animal care guidelines and proper employee training on animal care and handling on farms and in processing facilities.

Complementary enterprises 
Agriculture may have suffered tremendous losses during the current economic recession, but good times or bad, any business only has three choices, according to Dave Pratt, CEO of Ranch Management Consultants: make a profit, subsidize the business or go out of business.

Signup begins for disaster assistance 
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week that livestock producers can begin applying for benefits under two federal disaster-assistance programs.

USDA splits weight category for Livestock Indemnity claims 
The USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced it will add an additional weight category to the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) for non-adult beef cattle.

Tax deferrals for weather-induced livestock sales
If you sell or exchange more livestock in a given year than you normally would because of a drought, flood, or other weather-related condition, you may be able to postpone reporting the gain from the additional animal sales until the following year.

Establishing and Using a Farm Financial Record-Keeping System
For years farmers have been reporting financial information on a variety of forms for various reasons.

Vilsack announces livestock indemnity program
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that eligible ranchers and livestock producers can begin applying for benefits under the provisions of the Livestock Indemnity Program in the 2008 Farm Bill on July 13.

N.C. State University introduces online tools to grow N.C. farmers’ businesses
A new resource from N.C. State University is designed to help farmers be more successful. The “Business Development Files,” for small- to mid-size farmers, are distributed through N.C. Cooperative Extension centers statewide.

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