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TAX INFORMATION FOR FARMERS
SOIL CONSERVATION SERVICES
3/02/2013 Big Horn Ranch Conservation Services has unveiled a
new website dedicated to helping farmers audit the nutrient assets
of their farms. A farm's number one attribute is the health of its
soil. The goal of these audits is to help producers realize the
monetary value of their manure nutrients in order to reduce OR
ELIMINATE fertilizer bills, lessen impact on the environment, and
improve long term soil health. Visit
www.BigHornSoils.net to let a Big Horn Ranch Nutrient Management
Plan increase the bottom line of your agricultural operation.
Governor Corbett Ends Burden
for Farmers by Eliminating Inheritance Tax: New law is a victory for
Pennsylvania farm families
June 30, 2012, Harrisburg –
Landmark legislation signed today by Governor Tom Corbett makes it
easier for Pennsylvania farms to transition between generations.
The legislation eliminating the Pennsylvania
inheritance tax on farms takes effect immediately and applies only
to working farms. Pennsylvania farmers can now pass their farms on
to their heirs without worrying they will have to pay steep “death
taxes” to keep them in the family.
“The death tax has forced too many families to
sell their legacy, their land and their way of life,” said Governor
Corbett. “This tax has put too many farms out of business because it
was too expensive for farmers to pass them down to their children.
This will happen no more. We intend to save our farms.”
Previously when a landowner died, heirs to their
farm property had to pay an inheritance tax of 4.5 percent if they
were adult children and 12 percent if they were siblings of the
“The inheritance tax has been a burden on farm
families for decades,” said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. “By
eliminating this tax, Governor Corbett solidified his commitment to
Pennsylvania farm families, and to keeping farmers faming for
generations. This law provides farmers the opportunity to save
thousands of dollars in inheritance tax, allowing them to reinvest
in their agricultural operations.”
PAgrows, the Agriculture Department’s economic development
initiative, can help farmers understand farm transition and
finances, including state and federal grant and low interest loan
programs to grow their operations. Visit
or call 717-705-9513.
Agriculture is the number one industry in
Pennsylvania with more than 63,000 farm families and 7.65 million
acres of farmland, generating $5.7 billion in cash receipts. Visit
"Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food"
Project Launches Website
The U.S. Department of Agriculture launched a new website for the "Know
Your Farmer, Know Your Food" initiative.
In response to the ongoing
national conversation about developing local and regional food systems,
the website was formed to support small and mid-sized farms. The new
website is a USDA-wide effort to create new economic opportunities by
better connecting consumers with local producers. Visit the
Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food website.
Ten Things to Know
about Farm Income and Deductions
If you have a farming
business, there are several tax issues to consider before filing your
federal tax return. The IRS has compiled a list of 10 things that farmers
may want to know.
Insurance Proceeds You
must include in income any crop insurance proceeds you receive as the
result of crop damage. You generally include them in the year you
Caused by Weather Related
Condition If you sell more livestock, including poultry, than you
normally would in a year because of weather-related conditions, you may
be able to postpone reporting the gain from selling the additional
animals due to the weather until the next year.
- Farm Income
Averaging You may
be able to average all or some of your current year's farm income by
allocating it to the three prior years. This may lower your current year
tax if your current year income from farming is high, and your taxable
income from one or more of the three prior years was low. This method
does not change your prior year tax, it only uses the prior year
information to determine your current year tax.
Farm Expenses The
ordinary and necessary costs of operating a farm for profit are
deductible business expenses. An ordinary expense is an expense that is
common and accepted in the farming business. A necessary expense is one
that is appropriate for the business.
and Hired Help You
can deduct reasonable wages paid for labor hired to perform your farming
operations. This includes full-time and part-time workers. You must
withhold social security, medicare and income taxes on employees.
Purchased for Resale
You may be able to deduct, in the year of the sale, the cost of items
purchased for resale, including livestock and the freight charges for
transporting livestock to the farm.
Operating Losses If
your deductible expenses from operating your farm are more than your
other income for the year, you may have a net operating loss. You can
carry that loss over to other years and deduct it. You may get a refund
of part or all of the income tax you paid for past years, or you may be
able to reduce your tax in future years.
of Loans You cannot
deduct the repayment of a loan if the loan proceeds are used for
personal expenses. However, if you use the proceeds of the loan for your
farming business, you can deduct the interest that you pay on the loan.
- Fuel and
Road Use You may be
eligible to claim a credit or refund of federal excise taxes on fuel
used on a farm for farming purposes.
Tax Guide More
information about farm income and deductions is in IRS Publication 225,
Farmer's Tax Guide, which is available at
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p225.pdf or by calling the IRS at
Big Horn Ranch: Grassfed Meats and Farm Restoration
Services Helping farms capitalize
from nature's cycle. Big Horn offers grass-fed beef and pork,
livestock sales, soil fertility services, farm design consultation,
and brush abatement.
CLICK HERE to access Pennsylvania Association for
Sustainable Agriculture's 2013 Field Days and Intensive Learning
MEET THE FUTURE OF WARREN
4-H member TARA SLeeMAN
Tara Sleeman of the Scandia Trail Blazers is one of 1,500 Warren
County youth who take part in the 4-H programs. A seventh grader at
Eisenhower High School and active in 4-H for 6 years, Tara is the daughter
of Heather Wilcox.
In case you’ve forgotten the meaning of the 4-Hs, here
is a quote from the 4-H website:
"I Pledge my Head to clearer thinking, my
Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service, and my
Health to better living, for my club, my community, my country,
and my world." More...
Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities: Federal Programs for
Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation and
Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) offers a free on-line guide for
anyone seeking help from federal programs to foster innovative enterprises
in agriculture and forestry in the United States. Specifically, the guide
addresses program resources in community development; sustainable land
management; and value-added and diversified agriculture and forestry. Thus,
it can help farmers, entrepreneurs, community developers, conservationists,
and many other individuals, as well as private and public organizations,
both for-profit and not-for-profit.
The guide can also help USDA and other agency employees become aware and
take better advantage of the enormous array of federal programs and
resources available to their clients in supporting agricultural and forestry
innovations. This edition constitutes the guide's fifth printing and third
complete update, incorporating programs from the 2008 Farm Bill.
http://www.sare.org/publications/ruralplaces.htm to access this guide
and links to other resources
Farms and mosquito control
and natural pools that livestock drink from may become serious
mosquito-breeding areas. Animal waste adds nutrients to the water that
benefit mosquitoes, and hoof prints create puddles where mosquitoes may be
isolated from predators. If feasible, fence animals out of ponds and create
a single access area. This keeps the animals from trampling the entire edge,
although if too much room is left between the pond and fence, animals may
still create ruts. Paving the access point can reduce puddles, but be sure
to provide good footing for the animals. Weed control reduces hiding places
for mosquitoes. It may be necessary to treat these ponds regularly with a
biological larvicide or to introduce insect-eating fish if they are not
already present. However, do not introduce fish unless the pond is man-made
and isolated from natural waters.
Troughs and other containers
that provide water for animals can easily become a source of mosquitoes. The
ground surface around the troughs often becomes roughened by animal hooves,
producing hundreds of small water pockets. Permanently correct this
potential source of mosquitoes by providing drainage or paving the area.
Temporary improvement can be had by flushing out the water every week if
drainage outside the trough area is good, or by treating the water with a
biological larvicide. Do not add chemical insecticide to water that
livestock may drink. Clean cattle tanks and watering troughs regularly to
prevent mosquitoes from multiplying.
You can Help Fight the Bite!
Empty Standing Water
around your home
Wear long sleeves
Remember to apply
DEET bug repellant
Report Freshly Dead
Vaccinate your horses!
If you have large
numbers of mosquitoes around your home, have us come check it
West Nile Virus Contact Information
Mosquito Life History (58k)
WEB RESOURCES - JUST FOR FARMERS
SUCCESS STORY: Warren
County Future of Ag Program
"Two years ago, the Warren County agricultural community found itself in
need of help. Farming businesses as well as the county’s economic base was
in a decline. The agricultural community and consumers were in need of a
healing process regarding an issue with use of local farmland. Government
officials, consumers, farmers, and agency personnel got together to
address these problems through the Future of Agriculture program. The main
goals of the effort were to help small family farms remain while retaining
their quality of life, county wide economic development, and consumer
appreciation of local agriculture and their concerns."
A Penn State website offering free directory listings for
Includes a database of agricultural business listings, the
latest news and a way of connecting and sharing with other growers,
producers and business owners
Links on the WarrenAg website
Web Links of Interest to Farmers
|AgChoice Farm Credit
Provides financing and related services to rural
Center for Farm Transitions|
A new PA initiative, the "Center for Farm Transitions" will
provide information to help new farmers take over existing operations by
identifying niche market opportunities and business plans.
|The Center for Rural
A legislative branch of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
It includes access to rural demographics, fact sheets, grant programs, and
Extension in Warren County|
Learn about the educational programs the Penn State
Cooperative Extension provide for farmers, you, family living and
The Role of Production Agriculture in the Warren County Economy|
Living Science Web|
Information on food, agriculture and natural resources
careers with the USDA. Each year they need new college graduates to
fill 50,000 jobs in the food, agricultural and natural resource system.
National Pork Board
Information for producers, consumers, news, and many other links
A service of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture,
this website specializes in helping farmer, food processors, farmers
market operators, and other agribusinesses put all of the pieces of the
lending puzzle together. Many links for borrowers, lenders, grants and
loans are available.
The Pennsylvania Preferred™ program assists Pennsylvania farmers by
encouraging consumers to purchase Pennsylvania products.
PASA - Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture|
Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA)
is a nonprofit organization working to improve the economic and social
prosperity of Pennsylvania food and agriculture. We work with the farmers
that grow our food, the consumers that eat the food, and those concerned
with the ecological well-being of our environment and natural resources.
Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council|
The mission of this organization is to provide the local
leadership necessary to develop and implement a plan that will improve the
economy, environmental and social well-being of the people through
accelerated planning and development of the natural resources in the
project area consisting of Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence,
Mercer, Venango and Warren Counties.
Includes links to market reports, PDA initiatives, regional services, news
and upcoming agricultural events.
PDA Region 1 Contact Information
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture at Marketplace for the Mind|
Links to information about Ag organizations, PA Ag Statistics, and
agencies related to Ag in Pennsylvania.
|Pennsylvania Farm Bureau|
PFA provides farmers information on legislative issues, financial programs
and agriculture statistics.
Research and Education|
SARE provides grants and information to improve
profitability, stewardship, and quality of life.
County Fair - August 5-13, 2006|
PENN STATE Websites
|AgMap - Promoting
Pennsylvania Agriculture. |
Includes a database of agricultural business listings, the
latest news and a way of connecting and sharing with other growers,
producers and business owners.
Agromedicine at Penn State|
Agromedicine is a partnership of health and agricultural
professionals, which promotes the health and safety of agricultural
producers, workers, their families and consumers of agricultural products.
Agromedicine addresses the health and safety concerns of agriculture,
including forestry and fisheries, through collaboration of colleges of
agricultural science and medicine and their partners.
|Dairy and Animal
Science at das.psu.edu|
Newsletters, publications, 4-H programs, animal science
programs, ag events and more.
|Future of Warren County Agriculture (from
PSU Publications and Other Resources)|
The following are direct links to the publications on the
PSU Publications website
The Pesticide Education Program strives to educate all
pesticide applicators and users across the Commonwealth about pest
management alternatives, including the safe, proper, and legal use of
pesticides. The program promotes responsible decision-making, which will
protect pesticide users, public health, plant and animal health, and the
College of Agricultural Sciences |
Publications, newsletters, Pennsylvania Impact Sheets,
video tapes and more available from the Pennsylvania State University
College of Agricultural Sciences
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