WG&S July 2016

If you have submitted your 1094-C and 1095-C tax forms with incorrect information, the Internal Revenue Service requires employers to timely correct the information, refile the forms and re-furnish them to employees.  These information returns must be filed timely and accurately or penalties may apply; however, the IRS has stated that there is relief in 2016 for good faith efforts.

It may not seem obvious, but the military and agriculture have a common bond.  The connection is based in the rural nature that is part of each.  According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there were approximately 22 million veterans in the United States in 2014 and more than five million of them lived in rural areas.  That’s not surprising especially when you factor in that a disproportionate share of active service members hail from rural areas and most return to their rural lives after their time in the service is complete.

Pollinators—birds, bats and insects that carry pollen from one plant to another—contribute substantially to the economy of the United States. Pollinators are essential for maintaining many types of ecosystems and play a key role in food security and the sustainability of our food supply. Honey bees, in particular, enable the production of at least 90 commercially-grown crops in North America.

By Ben Sacher

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for approving and reapproving crop protection tools, weighing the risks to human health and the environment against their benefits.

Unlike during the financial crisis when money was scarce and loans were hard to find, there is currently much liquidity in the market and lenders have plenty of funds to loan.  But, as always, the key ingredient in securing a loan is the ability of the borrower to pay it back.

According to a couple of financial experts, that fairly general statement about the current economic situation holds true for a specific industry such as agriculture, but ag financing also has its own nuances, which, in many ways, makes it an attractive investor sector.

In December 2014, the Los Angeles Times published a series of articles exposing widespread labor abuses on some Mexican farms that supply produce to the United States.  This type of “investigative journalism” often ignores positive examples that would lessen the dramatic impact of the negative ones, and that may have been the case here.  Nonetheless, the Times series was alarming and, for the American companies that purchase from these farms, it was reminiscent of similar exposés of mistreatment at foreign factories supplying American retailers everything from clothes to t

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