Acreage Living Newsletter
|Navigating a Schedule F Farm Tax Return
Taxes can be complicated. Adding in a Schedule F is necessary for tax purposes if you are claiming income from your farming operation, no matter how small.This article provides a general overview of Schedule F (Form 1040), the backbone of federal farm income and expense reporting for sole proprietors.
|Estimated Costs for Livestock Fencing
Fencing costs are one of the most expensive aspects of livestock grazing. The type of fence constructed greatly impacts the cost per foot, total cost, and annual ownership cost. This publication compares the costs of building a quarter-mile (1,320 feet) straight perimeter fence with four different types of permanent fencing plus temporary interior fencing.
|The Do's and Don'ts of Composting
This is the time of year when our yards and gardens require maintenance work that generates a lot of residue in the way of dead plants, leaves, branches and twigs. There are a couple of options to getting rid of this waste – burn it or compost it.
|Select Outdoor Yard Lights for Security and Energy Savings
Many rural residences and farmsteads use yard lights to provide night security and to illuminate driveways and buildings after dark. Selecting the right light will produce the results you want while saving energy.
|New Project Offers Research on Growing Hops
Nearly 1,000 hops plants now grow at the Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station, located north of Ames. The project is evaluating hop cultivars under Iowa growing conditions, determining fertility programs for hops and irrigation systems.
|Controlling Snow Drifts
With winter just around the corner, snow fences are going up in anticipation of the snows that will surely come. Snow fences are just one of the ways to control drifting snow. To make sure they do the job right without creating more problems, they must be properly placed.
|Agroforestry on the Farm: Black Walnuts
This article is part of a series in perennial crops for an acreage and is reprinted with permission from Trees Forever. The entire guide features landowners interviewed to solicit feedback on their management practices, producution data, pricing information, critical issues to success and some tips for others that might be interested in getting started with a perennial crop.