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ASSOCIATION
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If you ever forget your consultant email address, just remember  its their first name initial followed by their last name
@
iowafarmbusiness.org 

For example:  
Kent Vickre email address is 
kvickre
@
iowafarmbusiness.org

Fall Consultant Workshop

Murk-n-T, Inc., the consultants representing the Cedar Valley Farm Business Association hosted the 2007 Fall Consultant’s Workshop September 17th through the 19th at the Holiday Inn & Convention Center in Coralville.

 The theme for the first day was “Agricultural Update Day” and started off with a presentation from Kevin Gray, merchandising manager for Growmark, talking about the “Future of the Ethanol Industry”.  Next we heard from Jeff Ward, executive director of the Iowa Agricultural Development Authority (IADA).  Jeff reviewed and updated the consultant’s on the Beginning Farmer Loan Program, Beginning Farm Tax Credit Program, Livestock Water Quality Facilities Program, and the Loan Participation Program.  If you have any question about these programs please contact the IADA website at: www.iada.state.ia.us.

  Steve Moline, Assistant Attorney General of Iowa Farm Division, lectured on the current legal issues facing Iowa farmers.  Steve talked about the lack of producers using UCC liens to protect their assets under contract feeding arrangements.  There are only about six liens on file for the entire State.  This appears to be a major oversight by producers in putting themselves as an unsecured creditor in contracted feeder livestock operations.  Steve said, “The $10 UCC lien is the cheapest protection a producer can buy!”  UCC liens can be obtained at the Iowa Secretary of State website: www.sos.state.ia.us.  Steve also commented on the complexity of contracts that producers are signing and that they have to be very carefully in reviewing the fine print.

Center for Agricultural

Law and Taxation (CALT)

The need for accurate and timely agricultural law and taxation information is essential to consultants and IFBA members.  In Iowa we are fortunate to have had this resource previously through Dr. Neil Harl and presently by Professor Roger McEowen.

Fall Workshop Cont.

2

Pioneer Growing Point

2

Software Corner

3

NEW PcMars 2.1 Features

3

Fall Tax Planning

4

Ag Decision Newsletter

4

Winning the Game Seminar

4

Roger’s knowledge on agricultural law and taxation makes him revered as an expert on a national level.  Additionally his commitment and passion to educate individuals on these topics is unmatched.  However because of department changes, he couldn’t utilize the resources of the Center for International Agricultural Finance as his predecessor Dr. Harl did, a business plan to create a new center complimenting his teaching desires was developed.  This center would provide additional staff to support Roger’s activities such as publications, workshops and speaking engagements which is essential for him to continue the level of service previously provided.

Following this vision, the “Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation” (CALT) was created by the Iowa Board of Regents.  The center’s stated purpose is to “provide timely, objective information to producers, professionals and agribusinesses concerning the application of important developments in the law (federal and state legal opinions of relevance, as well as critical legislative developments) and is a primary source of professional educational training in agricultural law and taxation”. 

Roger McEowen speaking to consultant group at a tax school workshop

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