Author Archives: Keith Good

Business Entities- Update from Iowa State University Extension

A recent update by Kelvin Leibold (“Business Entities“), a farm management specialist at Iowa State University (ISU) Extension, explained that, “The state of Iowa allows for several different forms of business. The choice of a business entity affects liability, taxation, capitalization, decision making, agricultural government payments, gifting or transfer options. Such a decision requires much… Continue Reading

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Stamp Farms Co-Defendants Sentenced

DTN writer Todd Neeley reported earlier this week that, “Two of three men indicted on 14 counts of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and making false statements to attain loans and crop insurance for Decatur, Michigan-based Stamp Farms LLC, have been sentenced to prison time. They have been ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of… Continue Reading

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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Clean Water Act Case

Timothy Cama reported yesterday at The Hill Online that, “The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear a major dispute with potentially far-reaching implications for how the federal government protects waterways from pollution. “The case, County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund, challenges an appeals court’s ruling that pollution discharged into groundwater that later flows into a navigable waterway… Continue Reading

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Sales of Mortgage-Servicing Rights Jumped in 2018

Wall Street Journal writer Ben Eisen reported last week that, “The mortgage-market slowdown is stirring up interest in a humdrum segment of American home lending: the rights to the arcane task of handling monthly payments. “Sales of so-called mortgage-servicing rights jumped 14% in 2018 from a year earlier, according to industry research group Inside Mortgage… Continue Reading

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Swine Feedlot Proposal Draws Opposition in Minnesota

Jennifer Bjorhus reported last week at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune Online that, “A Fillmore County farmer who sought to build the county’s largest animal feedlot has withdrawn his permit application in the face of sustained local opposition, marking the end of the road for the proposed Catalpa Ag hog farm. “State pollution officials said Monday that… Continue Reading

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60-Day Comment Period for WOTUS Rule Launched

DTN writer Todd Neeley reported yesterday that, “The 60-day public comment period for the newly proposed waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule launched Thursday with the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers publishing the rule in the Federal Register. “The new rule moves forward while the 2015 rule under the Obama administration… Continue Reading

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Bayer’s Monsanto, Sued by Thousands, Faces New Kind of Claim

Bloomberg writers Lydia Mulvany and Deena Shanker reported yesterday that, “Monsanto Co. has been sued by thousands of farmers and others who blame their cancers on its massively popular Roundup weedkiller. Now Germany’s Bayer AG, which bought the agriculture giant last year, faces a claim that it deceived home gardeners about Roundup’s impact on their gut… Continue Reading

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Fed Governor Calls for Regulators to ‘Develop and Refine’ Supervision of Community Banks

Earlier this week, Wall Street Journal writer Lalita Clozel reported that, “Federal Reserve governor Michelle Bowman called Monday for regulators to ‘develop and refine’ how they supervise community banks ‘to fit the smaller size and less-complex risk profiles of these banks.’ “‘I witnessed firsthand how community banks were significantly affected by the global financial crisis, a… Continue Reading

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Next Wave of ‘Unicorn’ Start-Ups Looking Very Different

New York Times writer Erin Griffith reported earlier this week that, “Technology start-ups worth $1 billion, once as rare as unicorns, are now plentiful enough and old enough that there’s a new generation behind them — one that looks very different. “Silicon Valley’s current crop of highly valued tech start-ups, which include now-household names like… Continue Reading

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Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Startup Act

A news release today from Sen. Jerry Moran (R., Kans.) stated that, “U.S. Senators [Moran], Mark Warner (D-Va.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) today reintroduced the Startup Act – bipartisan, cutting-edge legislation to encourage job creation, grow entrepreneurial activity, increase innovation and advance economic development. “The Startup Act would accelerate the commercialization of… Continue Reading

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