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Farm Bill Revival Announced from Senate Committee – What’s It Mean for Farmers?

By K·Coe Editorial | June 12, 2018
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The Senate Agriculture Committee is moving forward with the 2018 Farm Bill Revival in a reportedly ‘bipartisan’ fashion and has released its draft of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. Ryan Stroschein of K·Coe Isom’s Federal Affairs team says, “Given the importance of this legislation to farmers, particularly in light …

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Making Lemonade out of Lemons: Squeezed Ethanol Margins Can Result in Sweet Advantages

By Justin Mentele | June 11, 2018
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We all know that we didn’t pick the path of least resistance by choosing to be in the ethanol industry. This is an industry that is largely driven by two unrelated commodities which cause periods of high and low margins. Currently, we are all seeing lower ethanol margins on sells …

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Steel Tariffs

Steel and Aluminum Tariffs Now to Include Key Trading Partners Canada, Mexico and EU

By K·Coe Editorial | June 6, 2018
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The recent position of the U.S. at the G7 meeting appears sends the message that the government is taking a hard line on steel/aluminum tariffs. What does this mean for your business? The G7 ‘fall out’ follows the June 1 decision by President Trump to include Canada, Mexico and the …

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California Hops

The California Crop that’s Getting a Lot of Buzz

By Christy Norton | June 5, 2018
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Traditionally thought to be grown primarily in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, and Idaho), U.S. hops production has taken on a strong presence in California as of late – and the craft brewing industry is reaping the rewards. But California hops production there isn’t as new as you’d think.  Around …

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Beef Producers and Consumers Affecting Changes to Industry

Beef Producers and Consumers Affecting Changes to Industry

By K·Coe Editorial | June 5, 2018
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First U.S. Beef Producers Sustainability Framework Released In May 2018, the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB), released the U.S. beef industry’s first-ever beef producers sustainability framework for public comment. From ranch to restaurant, this affects your business. Both consumers and customers are increasingly interested in how their beef is …

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CO2 Capture

Significant Tax Credit Increase Available for CO2 Capture

By K·Coe Editorial | June 4, 2018
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Expansion of 45Q Tax Credit Could Fuel Ethanol Industry Innovations in Carbon Dioxide In February 2018, Congress approved the most significant pro-carbon capture and storage (CCS) national policy in a decade: a tax credit expansion for CO2 storage. Referred to as 45Q (for its section number in the U.S. tax …

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Winning with Tax Reform – Why You Need to Reevaluate Your Estate Plan in 2018

By Jim Rein | May 31, 2018
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Exemption for Your Estate Plan is Ripe for the Picking The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 made one significant change for estate planning: it doubled the estate tax exemption through 2026. This change is unique because it has resulted in the highest estate/gift exemption ever allowed (basically double …

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