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Ethanol Hopes Major Media Buy Will Loosen Petroleum's Grip
"Oil rigged," a play on words not so quietly aimed at the oil industry, is the theme of latest TV and digital advertising campaign rolled out Tuesday by ethanol interests.
Farm Futures – 4/23/2014

Senate Bill Aims to Fix IRS Farm Equipment Expense Change
United States Senators John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., have introduced a bill to modify new IRS rules they say make it too difficult for family farmers and small business owners to deduct equipment repair and supply expenses.
CPA Practice Advisor – 4/23/2014

Walker signs Wisconsin's IoH law
Governor Scott Walker signed Wisconsin's Implements of Husbandry bill on Wednesday. The law clarifies the definition of implements used for agriculture and establishes a new class of agricultural commercial vehicles. It establishes new parameters for size and lighting for farm machinery traveling on roadways.
Brownfield – 4/23/2014

U.S.-Japan squabble over beef threatens Trans-Pacific Partnership
After more than four years and 20 rounds of negotiations, the world's biggest free-trade deal in a generation has come down in good part to this: the United States and Japan squabbling over beef.
Los Angeles Times – 4/22/2014

Ontario Tribunal Upholds Breach of Regulation Decision in CNH Canada Appeal
Upholding its landmark 2011 decision, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs' (AFRAAT) Tribunal ruled in Appeal on March 24, 2014 that U.S. corporate giant, CNH Canada Ltd. did in fact, breach Ontario Regulation 123/06 by not renewing the Dealer Agreement of Chesterman Farm Equipment Inc. (CFEI).
Farm Equipment – 4/21/2014

The big footprint of the ag equipment industry
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has released a study on the importance of machinery to the productivity of agriculture.
Brownfield – 4/20/2014

Japan's trade talks with U.S. to resume on Monday, gaps remain
Talks between the United States and Japan seen as vital to a broader regional trade pact are making progress and will resume again on Monday, Japan's economy minister said on Friday, as negotiators struggle to narrow gaps ahead of a summit between the countries' leaders.
Ag Professional – 4/18/2014

Petroleum Group Exec Concerned EPA May Change Its RFS Rule
A top petroleum group is worried the Environmental Protection Agency will flip on the proposed levels it released late last year for the amount of ethanol and other biofuels refiners must blend into the nation's fuel supply.
AgriMarketing – 4/17/2014

New Hampshire Judge Rejects Challenge to Auto Dealers Law
A judge has struck down a challenge to block a law that gives New Hampshire auto dealers new protections in their dealings with manufacturers.
Farm Equipment – 4/17/2014

Report Analyses Capital Expenses Related to Farming
Farming requires large investments in machinery, equipment, and other depreciable capital. Such investments may be treated either as a current expense and deducted from gross farm income immediately, or capitalized and depreciated over time.
Wisconsin Ag Connection – 4/16/2014