Mary Soukup

House votes to make small business tax break permanent

In a bipartisan vote earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to make permanent a provision allowing small businesses to write off up to $500,000 in capital investments. FULL STORY »

Ag trade takes center stage at Capitol Hill hearing

The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade took time this week to focus on the benefits of expanding agricultural trade and eliminating barriers to agricultural exports. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Ranting and raving

A San Francisco blogger posts a vicious attack on the entire meat production industry. Nothing new there — only his hatred is triggered by one company buying another. Seriously. FULL STORY »

White House threatens to veto House ag spending bill

As the U.S. House of Representatives prepared to consider the fiscal year 2015 agricultural appropriations bill, the White House threatened to veto the legislation due to opposition related to funding provisions related to school nutrition programs, potatoes in the Women, Infants and Children program and other policy issues. FULL STORY »

After falling consecutive weeks, feeder margins improve

Cattle feeders regained some ground while packers lost last week with regard to margins, according to the latest data from the Sterling Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

DOT grants exemption for livestock hauling

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced on Friday a one-year exemption for the Hours-of-Service 30-minute break rule for individuals hauling livestock. FULL STORY »

USDA reviews policy options to meet Chesapeake Bay TMDL limits

While agricultural producers across the nation invest time and money to voluntarily implement conservation practices, sometimes they are faced with complying with mandatory federal regulations, like the total maximum daily load (TMDL) for the Chesapeake Bay watershed that was established by EPA in 2010. FULL STORY »

USMEF program helps small companies expand global market presence

With more than 96 percent of the world’s population living outside the borders of the United States, it only makes sense that American businesses look to expand their customer base beyond the domestic market. FULL STORY »

Kansas steps up fight against Lesser Prairie Chicken listing

Rather than mandating conservation regulations on Kansas farmers, ranchers and energy producers, Governor Sam Brownback is urging the federal government to take a different approach in its efforts to stop the population decline of the Lesser Prairie Chicken. FULL STORY »

Long-term optimism down among ag lenders

Lower expected land values, increased anticipated interest rates and an expected increase in non-performing loans has agricultural lenders less optimistic than they were last fall according to the Spring 2014 Agricultural Lender Survey conducted by Kansas State University. FULL STORY »

Markets mostly steady to close out May

Cattle markets finished the week ending May 31, 2014, mostly steady to higher, according to the latest information from the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

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