Farming Articles: Estate Planning, Biomass Rule, Grain Harvest

– Succession Planning Important Despite Federal Estate Tax Law’s Status (DTN Progressive Farmer)

Although the federal estate tax law remains in congressional limbo, it’s still important to plan for your farm’s succession.

– Biomass Crop Assistance Program Final Rule Major Disappointment (National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition)

The final rule for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program is scheduled for official publication in the Federal Register on October 27.  The final rule was addressed by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack last Thursday as part of a set of bioenergy policies. NSAC submitted comments to USDA on the BCAP proposed rule back in April of this year.  Our general assessment of the final rule?  It includes several important positive steps forward, but overall it is very disappointing.

– Iowa Harvest Of 2010 Is Winding Down Quickly (Wallaces Farmer)

Weekly weather and crop conditions survey released October 25 shows 86% of Iowa’s corn harvest is now complete. That’s 35 days ahead of 2009 and 25 days ahead of the 5-year average.

– Good weather a godsend for region’s farmers (Lansing State Journal)

Early spring conditions, a warm summer and a dry autumn combined to create ideal crop conditions in mid-Michigan this season.

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