The Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management on Thursday published revised plans to conserve greater sage grouse populations across nearly 70 million acres of public land in 11 Western states. The Trump administration's approach will replace the original Obama-era plans, which helped to give the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confidence that the species did not warrant listing as threatened or endangered in 2015.
The year's final field roundup found some farmers still waiting on a few unharvested acres, while others are hauling grain, finishing up fall fertilizer and tillage, buying seed and reflecting on the year.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was the keynote speaker at the DTN Ag Summit on Monday in Chicago. Much of his talk focused on current trade news with China, Canada and Mexico, but the secretary indicated more action is needed to lift retaliatory tariffs against U.S. agricultural products.
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 and how deferred payment contracts could give your accountant room to maneuver.