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Self-emploment taxes on Conservation Reserve Program payments


USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) payments should not be subject to self-employment taxes.


Most farmers and ranchers are self-employed and pay self-employment taxes (SE) on earned income at the rate of 15.3 percent for Social Security and Medicare. Because the SE tax is a tax on earned income, it does not ordinarily apply to rental earnings since rent represents a return on an investment and is not earned income. Learn More »



Since the Canadian discovery of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in May 2003, increased attention has been focused on cattle testing and trade issues related to the disease. The United States and most other countries immediately banned Canadian imports of live cattle and beef. In August 2003, a thorough investigation of the BSE case by USDA was completed. As a result of its findings, the U.S. allowed boneless beef products to be imported again from Canada. Learn More »

Animal Identification


Following the first discovery of BSE in an imported cow in the U.S., increased attention has been focused on monitoring and maintaining animal health, including the development of an animal identification program. USDA is currently implementing a voluntary National Animal Identification System (NAIS). Learn More »

Comparison of House and Senate energy tax titles


The House-passed New Direction for Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection Act (H.R. 3221), contains a $16 billion energy tax title.

The Senate failed to include a Finance Committee recommended $32 billion tax package in its comprehensive energy bill, H.R. 6, the Clean Energy Act of 2007. Learn More »

Climate Change

Press Releases 2005

2005 News Releases

November 23, 2005

Grant County farmer wins Farm Bureau Achievement Award Learn More »

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