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  • As harvest winds down, farmers are starting to turn their thoughts to next year and whether they need to make any changes in their equipment lineup. The tax rules governing trade-ins are now more complicated. (DTN file photo)

    Change Your Tax Mindset - 2

    By ending like-kind exchanges for equipment, trade-ins will now be considered as two transactions. While the income implications are offset by generous depreciation rules at the federal level, states haven't followed suit, and that's where taxes could...

  • DTN's weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was stronger on average at $146 per ton. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)

    DTN DDG Weekly Update

    The DTN domestic distillers dried grains average price was higher at $146 per ton for the week ended Nov. 29.

  • The shift from private treaty sales to public auction is helping Reiss and Heather Bruning define this herd. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Victoria G. Myers)

    Private Treaty Goes Public

    When Reiss and Heather Bruning wanted to move a generations-old operation from a long tradition of private treaty sales to public auction, they found it easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.

  • He could have retired, but veterinarian and cattleman Jimmy Payne has stayed in practice because he says his customers need him. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Becky Mills)

    One-Man Show

    74-year-old veterinarian Jimmy Payne often doesn't leave his clinic until 8 or 9 p.m., unless there is an emergency. Then all bets are off.

  • Changes to the tax code mean it's more beneficial to make a little income and pay some tax each year. Deferred payment contracts for grain sales are one tool that can give you flexibility when making decisions at the end of the year. (DTN/The Progressive file photo by Jonathan Kirshner)

    Change Your Tax Mindset - 1

    Farmers will need to adjust their mindset on taxes since some of the biggest changes under 2017 tax reform makes it beneficial to avoid claiming a loss. The first of this four-part series discusses changes to the rules governing net operating losses...

  • USDA released its Nov. 1 Cattle on Feed report on Wednesday. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer file photo by Jim Patrico)

    Cattle on Feed Report Summary

    Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.7 million head on Nov. 1, 2018. The inventory was 3% above Nov. 1, 2017, USDA reported Wednesday.

  • Transforming a trailer full of stressed stocker calves into a profit starts with a good deworming program.(DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Becky Mills)

    Stressed Stockers

    Pasture-based stockers like Keith Glover may be at the mercy of weather, but most will admit the No. 1 production headache they have year in and year out is health care. Bringing home 450-to-600-pound calves from his local sale barn can also mean...

  • Ted Lacey says small changes can be the key to improved profits for producers.(DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Greg Latza)

    A Nose Ahead

    Over 45 years on the farm, Ted Lacey has learned small changes in his beef operation can significantly impact the bottom line. After learning how fenceline weaning reduces stress in a herd, the Trent, South Dakota, cattleman adopted the practice...

  • There are pros and cons in keeping the full bull battery and cow herd together.(DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Victoria G. Myers)

    Ask the Vet

    QUESTION: We live on flatlands with lots of trees, brush and swampy areas in Manitoba. Is there any research that shows whether it's preferable to keep one bull with 30 cows per pasture, or have six bulls in with the 180-head cow herd. ANSWER: This...

  • Lindy Sheppard makes decisions about creep feeding based on access to grazing and whether the dam was a first-calf heifer. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Becky Mills)

    Profit Lines

    Even with low grain prices, supplementing calves is one practice that can wind up in an operation's loss column.

  • A federal judge in Montana allowed R-CALF USA to sut at least thirteen state beef councils. (DTN file photo)

    R-CALF USA to Sue Beef Councils

    The federal district court in Montana granted the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United Stockgrowers (R-CALF USA) a motion to expand its beef checkoff program lawsuit to include at least 13 states in addition to Montana, R-CALF USA said in a...

  • Banding can be stressful for calves, especially if not done correctly the first time. In some cases, like this one, it can lead to serious health problems or even death.(DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Claire Vath)

    Ask the Vet

    QUESTION: Last fall, we banded a bull and later found we missed one testicle. We rebanded him, and he became lame on one leg. He fell over and just laid there. We cut the band after about 5 minutes, but he died an hour later.

  • To sustain your energy when dealing with obstacles, it is helpful to identify, and frequently recall, not just your goals but also the reasons why those goals are important. (Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

    Family Business Matters

    Focus on efforts that work in combination to help create a comprehensive estate plan.

  • Military veteran possess numerous traits necessary to lead a team in the field and in the barn, making them a good hire for many farms. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)

    Ag's HR Coach

    Military veterans often bring a large number of transferable skills to the farm, which often makes them a good fit for operations large and small.

  • By the time hay seasons ends, Scott Woolfolk (left) and dad, Johnny, will have handled more than 25,000 small, 50-pound hay bales, selling most into the area's horse market.

    Labor Saver

    The Woolfolk name may be best known in cattle circles where the Tennessee family has a reputation for high-quality registered Herefords. But, there's more than cattle to this 153-year-old Century Farm.

  • Brett Reinford (right) talks with worker Dennis Walton in the "depackaging" building, where food waste is separated from its packaging and blended in the anaerobic digester with the manure.(Progressive Farmer photo by Tom Gralish)

    Waste Not, Earn More

    When Steve Reinford and his son, Brett, decided ‌to invest in an anaerobic digester for the ‌family dairy operation in Juniata County, ‌‌Pennsylvania, in 2008, the two had different reasons for pursuing the technology.

  • The best needle to use, depends on the job and the animal. The most important tip: use a clean needle every time. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo)

    Ask the Vet

    QUESTION: What size needle do you recommend for giving cows shots? ANSWER: To some degree, this depends on where you are giving the injection and what it is. Start with placement.

  • Employers use different tax forms to pay different types of workers. A 1099 is used for independent contractors, while a 943/W-2 is used for employees. (DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)


    It's almost time for employers to begin preparing year-end paperwork, and it's a good time to reconsider if your work should be categorized as an employee or independent contractor. The difference depends on three main variables: behavioral control...

  • Livestock haulers are among those who have asked the FMCSA for flexibility from certain provisions of current hours of service rules for the safe transport of livestock. (Photo by Victoria G. Myers)

    Cash Market Moves

    Earlier this year, the congressionally mandated electronic logging device rule became effective, bringing focus to hours of service regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced in August that it was seeking public input...

  • Brad Barrett says B&B Cattle Company is built around getting other producers' heifers and bulls ready to take their places in the herd. (Progressive Farmer photo by Karl Wolfshohl)

    Business Plan

    Raising replacement cattle is both art and science, but Normangee, Texas, cattleman Brad Barrett says it's also got to be a passion.