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Dec 6, 2018

On today’s episode: an extended look at end-of-year tax management, particularly when farm or ranch income has been on the low side in 2018; agricultural news, and the Kansas soybean update; attracting songbirds to the backyard in winter…

Agriculture Today is a daily program featuring Kansas State University agricultural specialists and other experts examining ag issues facing Kansas and the nation. It is hosted by Eric Atkinson and distributed to radio stations throughout Kansas and as a daily podcast.

00:01:29 – End-of-Year Tax Management:  Agricultural economist Craig Althauser of the Kansas Farm Management Association at K-State talks about strategies for end-of-year tax management, particularly when farm or ranch income has been on the low side in 2018:  he stresses that the decisions should be essentially the opposite of what a producer would choose in years of good income.

00:12:58 – End-of-Year Tax Management (Part 2):  Continued discussion with agricultural economist Craig Althauser… he goes over the important income tax rules changes that took effect with the passage of the tax reform package regarding depreciation, machinery exchanges, and the new qualified business income deduction.

00:24:27 – Winterizing Lawn and Garden Tools:   Geary County Extension agent Chuck Otte offers basic guidelines on attracting songbirds to the backyard, with an emphasis on feed selection, feeder placement and protective habitat.


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