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  • Jan 8, 2013
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    Fiscal Cliff Moves Estate Tax In Right Direction 10

    If you’ve been paying attention this first week of 2013, you already know that Congress passed a tax compromise that averts the fiscal cliff and makes permanent the federal estate tax with an exemption of $5.12 million/individual (indexed for inflation) and a tax rate of 40% for amounts over the exemption....More
  • 2013 beef industry challenges
    Jan 2, 2013
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    2013 Poses A Lot Of Producer Challenges 1

    Comedian George Carlin once published a long, thoughtful and humorous piece about how the ascendancy of society in the U.S. has coincided with a decline of its personal values. It ends with these thoughts, which I think are good advice for everyone in the new year, regardless of your profession, financial status or religious inclination....More
  • Jan 2, 2013
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    Where’s Our Farm Bill, Congress? 4

    For many Americans, instead of celebrating the end of 2012 and ringing in 2013 with optimism and joy, they worried about what Congress would decide to do about the fiscal cliff and what the tax hikes and spending cuts would look like once the dust settles....More
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    Nov 14, 2012
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    Ranchers Need Permanent Estate Tax Relief 10

    I celebrated my 25th birthday earlier this week at a small steakhouse in Letcher, SD. While enjoying steak tips and wine, one of our neighbors joined us at our table. We started visiting about the election results, and soon, the topic of the death tax came up. He said his friend ended up paying $2 million in estate taxes in order to save the family ranch after the death of his father. The conversation continued with talk of estate planning, gifting land and putting assets in a trust for the next generation before it’s too late....More
  • Nov 14, 2012
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    North Dakota Votes To Protect Right To Farm 3

    Now that the dust has settled on the election, I have a little more time to evaluate the wins and losses of this political season. One of the issues I closely watched was a measure that was placed on the ballot in my neighboring state of North Dakota. Measure 3 was the first ever state constitutional amendment that protects the right of farmers and ranchers....More
  • D.C. poitics after election
    Nov 12, 2012
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    D.C. Politics: From The Farm Bill, To Fiscal Cliff, To The Estate Tax 6

    With the Democrats in control of the Senate and the Republicans having a stronghold in the House of Representatives, we likely can expect a gridlock on most issues that will arise in the next two years. But how much damage can Congress do if they can’t agree on anything, right?...More
  • Nov 9, 2012
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    Ag Gets Good Results In Ballot Initiatives 1

    The ballot initiative process remains one of the greatest dangers to animal agriculture and appears to be the route of choice for the Humane Society of the U.S. But this election cycle, three important measures related to ag resulted in positive outcomes....More
  • Nov 7, 2012
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    What Obama Win Means For Agriculture 24

    Whether you’re elated or depressed about the election results, the reality is we have re-elected President Obama for a second term, the Democrats have strengthened their hold of the Senate, and the Republicans have maintained their edge in the House....More
  • Oct 17, 2012
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    North Dakota Ranchers Fight For Their Futures 9

    On Nov. 6, U.S. voters will choose our nation’s leaders and hope those individuals will understand that agriculture is the backbone of the nation’s economy and that further regulations against farmers and ranchers will only weaken that backbone. On a state and local level, however, there are also battles to fight to protect the future of agriculture....More
  • Oct 16, 2012
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    Where Do Obama, Romney Stand On Ag? 8

    The last couple of weeks have been busy for nighttime television as debates featuring the presidential and vice-presidential candidates from the two top national tickets squared off. The nation was able to hear from both sides and evaluate which duo would be best to lead the nation. As election day draws nearer, Americans will soon be able to decide which direction they want the nation to go. But in the meantime, it’s important to evaluate how these candidates might help or hinder farmers and ranchers....More
  • Oct 9, 2012
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    New Poll Indicates Readers Approved Of Romney In First Debate 11

    Last week's presidential debate provided an interesting turn of events. While President Barack Obama is usually charismatic and smooth as butter, he seemed a little lackluster in his responses and his usual sharp wit was dimmed by Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s surprise performance....More
  • Sep 24, 2012
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    What Happens If The Farm Bill Expires? 18

    As our elected officials make their way back to their home states to campaign to their local constituents, the farm bill is put on the backburner. Although the Senate passed a version of the bill, the House of Representatives hasn’t brought its version up for a vote......More
  • Sep 21, 2012
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    EPA’s Power Continues to Grow 6

    Many cattleman, along with those in other sectors of the American economy, have long been alarmed at the frightening growth of EPA’s powers. But while EPA is the largest example of that trend, it isn’t the only one. It will continue as long as our elected representatives abdicate their responsibility to govern....More
  • Aug 27, 2012
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    New USDA School Lunches Lack Protein Power 19

    My sister Kaley started her sophomore year of high school last week. Nine years her senior, it’s fun to watch her participate in all the activities that teenagers most enjoy. She’s busy with her honors classes, two-a-day volleyball practices and basketball open gym. Top it off with washing show calves and practicing her 4-H speeches for the South Dakota State Fair this week, and Kaley is burning the candle at both ends these days. And, she needs food as fuel to keep her going....More

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