Farm and Food News

Corporate Farming Notes

The Andrew County (Missouri) Health Department passed an ordinance limiting where industrial livestock operations can locate. The proposed construction of a 10,000-head hog operation 1.5 miles from Savannah High School prompted the ordinance, which prohibits farms with more than 300 animals from locating within 5 miles of a community with a population of more than 100 people.

Fields of Opportunity

The steady growth of organic farming and ranching in Nebraska and the economic impacts of organics on rural communities cannot and should not be ignored. The USDA recently reiterated their commitment to organic production by announcing another $50 million in funding for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative, which provides a 75% share of the cost of implementing organic conservation measures to those who qualify - 90% for beginning, limited-resource and socially-disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.

Tax Tips for 2010

The 2010 tax year is over but most of us have not started our 2010 returns. For small business owners as well as farmers, ranchers and other sole-proprietors, the Affordable Care Act and the Small Business Jobs Act, signed into law in 2010, contain significant tax incentives to help offset health care costs.

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