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.
The Justice Department and the US Department of Agriculture hosted the final joint workshop on antitrust and competition in agriculture and the food system in Washington, DC on Dec. 8, 2010. The workshop focused on producer-to-retail price margins.
Politicians were busy in the waning days of the 111th Congress. Two issues in particular caught our attention at the Center for Rural Affairs: the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) and changes to the estate tax. Both of these measures affect rural Americans in very real ways, so it’s worth taking a moment to figure out what they mean for us.
On December 15th, the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Advisory Committee selected Traci Bruckner of the Center for Rural Affairs as their chair. Bruckner was recently reappointed to serve another two-year term on the USDA advisory board.