Carbon credits for farmland
If agricultural producers are allowed to participate in a national cap-and-trade system to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the opportunity to sell carbon offsets could prompt farmers to manage their land differently, according to a new USDA report.
USDA begins issuing livestock forage disaster payments
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that ranchers who have signed up for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) have begun receiving disaster payments for forage losses due to severe drought. Producers are reminded that LFP sign up for 2008 losses ends Dec. 10, 2009, and Jan. 30, 2010, for 2009 losses.
Making money in hard times
An upcoming K-State conference aims to help producers develop strategies for controlling production costs and improving profitability in today’s difficult market.
K-State schedules risk management conferences
The Risk and Profit Conference will be held Aug. 20-21, at the K-State Alumni Center in Manhattan, Kan., and is designed to give agricultural producers and affiliated businesses a competitive edge in their operations.
Tax deferrals for weather-induced livestock sales
If you sell or exchange more livestock in a given year than you normally would because of a drought, flood, or other weather-related condition, you may be able to postpone reporting the gain from the additional animal sales until the following year.
Establishing and Using a Farm Financial Record-Keeping System
For years farmers have been reporting financial information on a variety of forms for various reasons.
Vilsack announces livestock indemnity program
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that eligible ranchers and livestock producers can begin applying for benefits under the provisions of the Livestock Indemnity Program in the 2008 Farm Bill on July 13.
Surviving economic downturns
It’s no secret that times are tough for farms as well as other small businesses, but things will turn around eventually. University of Vermont Extension specialist Mary Peabody offers these tips to help your business weather the storm.
NCSU introduces online tools to grow N.C. farmers’ businesses
A new resource from North Carolina State University is designed to help farmers be more successful. The “Business Development Files,” for small- to mid-size farmers, are distributed through N.C. Cooperative Extension centers statewide.
Ranch homework for feedlot partnerships
As a cowherd operator, you can produce a quality calf. The feedlot manager knows what it takes to finish that calf on feed so it can earn carcass premiums.