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Public Policy

2024 Farm Bill Update

Tom Cosgrove

The Farm Bill has been bogged down since the Fall while Congress has battled over funding the government. Given it’s an election year, Congressional leaders have acknowledged if the Farm Bill isn’t passed by mid-year, it will likely be extended for another year leaving it for the next Congress to complete. Several Farm Credit backed proposals have been introduced this Congress that would allow Farm Credit to lean into meeting the capital needs of rural America. The intent is for these “marker bills” to be included in the Farm Bill. Here is a summary of four of them.

April 9, 2024

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Latest Tax Talk

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Tax Talks
Life Insurance Redemptions Falling Under IRS Scrutiny

In the context of farming business structures, acquiring a life insurance policy is a prevalent practice. Here are two common scenarios and an update on an ongoing Supreme Court case involving the IRS concerning the valuation of businesses when insurance payouts are implicated and whether such proceeds are deemed liabilities or not.

April 11, 2024

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Business Tips and Tools
Risk Management Agency Develops New Policy for Apple Producers

The Risk Management Agency's Apple Crop Insurance Policy has become a mainstay of risk management in the United States apple industry. Read more about the Apple Crop Insurance Policy and how coverage can be tailored to fit your business needs.

October 06, 2021

Business Tips and Tools
USDA Accepting Applications for the Seafood Processors Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service recently announced the publication of a Request for Applications for the Seafood Processor Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program. Learn more about details and eligibility in today's blog.

September 30, 2021

Business Tips and Tools
Flying Blind Isn't an Option

Originally published in Hoard's Dairyman, this article by Roger Murray, Farm Credit East Chief Marketplace Officer, touches on managing financial risk with good financial information, getting feedback and input from advisers and making strategic business decisions.

September 21, 2021

Business Tips and Tools
Security Tips for Desktop and Mobile Devices

Many of us have desktop computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones or smartwatches. All of these devices pose security risks, so it’s important to understand the similarities and the differences to reduce your risk of personal information reaching the wrong hands. Deanna Pellegrino, Farm Credit East Information Security Specialist, gives readers a few things to consider to ensure your information remains secure on all devices.

August 03, 2021

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