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Conservation Programs Still Thriving

As the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rapid implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill continues, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced proposed changes to the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), one of USDA’s largest conservation programs for working agricultural lands. “Farmers, ranchers and non-industrial forestland owners enrolled in the Conservation Stewardship Program are our nation’s conservation leaders as they go the extra ... Read More »

Tax Bills Await Lame-Duck Congress

When lawmakers return to Washington, D.C., for a post-election lame-duck session, action on a number of lapsed tax incentives is expected to be at the top of the congressional to-do list. Among the provisions important to farmers and ranchers are those related to Section 179 small business expensing, 50 percent bonus depreciation, conservation easement donations and charitable deductions for food ... Read More »

Long Overdue Rain In High Plains

When I looked at the weather map recently and saw that a large area of the Texas High Plains was receiving significant rainfall, I thought I was dreaming. The months have turned into years as this region has awaited any kind of precipitation. I can only imagine how farmers must have felt when they saw this weather forecast. We were ... Read More »

Earl Williams: A Giant In California Ag

A few months ago, a significant event occurred in the U.S. cotton industry, and some of us are a bit late in acknowledging just how important it was. Earl Williams, the long-time executive vice president of the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association, retired after serving that organization for 20 years. No matter what kind of turbulence might have occurred ... Read More »