Diving Into the Farm Bill, a Reference Guide

03:00PM Dec 18, 2014
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December 31 is fast approaching. Are you ready?

With the end of the year only weeks away and many still trying to sort through the new farm bill provisions, it begs the question: Are you ready? No matter if you've been gearing up for this since the farm bill passed back in February or if you're playing catch-up, here are some resources that might keep you from getting into trouble this tax season.

2014 Farm Bill

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Are You Asking the Right Farm Bill Questions?

By Ben Potter
The farm bill’s commodity programs could have the answers you need to succeed in 2015 and beyond. But are you asking the right questions?


Stabenow Talks Farm Bill at Farm Journal Forum

By Alison Rice
“If there is a lesson in the Farm Bill, it is that success comes from a broad coalition of interests," said Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) at the Farm Journal Forum.


2014 Farm Bill Key Features and Lessons

By Jim Wiesemeyer
The new farm bill resulted in some significant changes and reforms. Here is a list of the key farm bill features.

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2014 Farm Bill: Decision Time

By Katie Humphreys
Five crop years are riding on a one-time selection.

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Farm Bill Cheat Sheet

Printable PDF that breaks down the farm bill choices.



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Hedge Bets on Farm Bill Programs

By  Ed Clark
Experts suggest ways to capitalize on new risk-management tools


Vilsack Outlines Process in New PLC/ARC Program

By Ed Clark
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announces the new details of the farm bill.


Time to Wade Through the Farm Bill

By Ed Clark
As if lower grain prices aren’t causing enough angst, producers have a looming decision.

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2014 Farm Bill Decisions for Landowners

By Marc Schober
The Agricultural Act of 2014, or farm bill, instituted major changes to U.S. agriculture production.


Project All Years Before Making ARC/PLC Decision

By Paul Neiffer
Those who farm in areas where yields are dramatically higher than the five-year average face a difficult choice between programs.


ARC/PLC Programs

USDA tools to help you decide, elect and enroll.


Section 179

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Farmers, Machinery Companies Cheer Passage of Section 179

By Alison Rice
Farmers have two more weeks to buy machinery that qualifies for the Section 179 tax break.


Will Congress Extend Section 179 After All?

By Alison Rice
The worrisome future for a popular federal tax break among farmers just got a little bit brighter.

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Keep Tabs on Section 179

By Ed Clark
Farmers need to play attention to Section 179 rules, which affect the tax implications of buying big-ticket equipment.


Insights on Combine Values, Section 179 and Illinois Auction Highlights

By Greg Peterson
Machinery Pete is keeping tabs on our old friend, IRS Section 179.



This website was designed to answer your questions regarding the Section 179 Tax Deduction, and to explain the impact the various stimulus acts have had on Section 179.


Tax Tips

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Tax Traps

In this eight-part series, Farm CPA Paul Neiffer explains the most common tax pitfalls—and how to avoid them.

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The Farm CPA

Paul Neiffer's blog gives farmers tips and insight to many tax and policy issues that farmers will face this tax season. Scroll through for information on ARC/PLC and Section 179.

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Tax Strategies for Turbulent Times

By Ed Clark
Get creative to solve income surprises


Margin Protection Program


Will the Farm Bill Replace Risk Management?

By Catherine Merlo
Three experts explain the new Margin Protection Program and how it fits into conventional risk management plans. 

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How Much Do Milk Prices Need to Fall to Get MPP or LGM-Dairy Payments?

By Ron Mortensen, Dairy Gross Margin, LLC
A program analyst gives examples showing at what levels the policies would have value.


Dairy Margin Protection Program

USDA's guide to MPP