Lame Duck Congress to Hustle Through Tax Provisions


There will be just two weeks – three at most – after Thanksgiving for the lame duck Congress to extend tax breaks key for agriculture. And some fear it may be too late.

Ag Senator and Finance Committee member Chuck Grassley says if the job gets done – it will be last-minute and cover two-years…

The loss of a half-a-million dollar expensing break for farm equipment has cost tractor and combine sales and forced makers – like John Deere – to lay off workers. Wind and biofuels breaks also lapsed last year. Grassley says eleventh hour action will only complicate tax filing…

Grassley says Congress’s two tax writing committees are now trying to hammer out a bill for floor action the first or second week of December.

Organizations Call Executive Order on Immigration Good First Step

Farmworker Justice says as many as 450-thousand farmworkers and spouses could qualify for relief under President Obama’s executive order on immigration – according to The Hagstrom Report. With protection against the fear of deportation – the organization says farmworkers and other aspiring Americans will be able to contribute more fully to their communities and will be empowered in their workplaces. Still – the organization is disappointed at the limits of the program. United Farm Workers believes the executive order is the first step in comprehensive immigration reform.

FFA Joins Organizations in #GivingTuesday

The National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation are joining more than 10,000 organizations in an effort to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday is December 2nd – and the goal is to inspire people to take action together to improve their communities, give back in better ways and help create a better world. National FFA Foundation President Molly Ball says this is a wonderful opportunity to not only raise support of FFA – but also heighten public awareness for the organization. Ball says this kind of grassroots effort can lead to a greater understanding of FFA’s mission and the importance of supporting the future of agricultural education.

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.