Photograph: Barn in field.

Washburn Agricultural Law and Tax Report

The Washburn Agricultural Law and Tax Report (WALTR) focuses on legal and tax issues that agricultural producers, agricultural businesses, and rural landowners face. Some issues are encountered on a daily basis; others may arise on a more cyclical basis. Many issues illustrate how the legal and tax systems in the United States uniquely treat agriculture and the singular relationship between the farm family and the farm firm. In addition, there are basic legal principles that have wide application throughout the entire economy, and those principles will be evident in the annotations, articles, and media resources on this website.

For students and those involved in agriculture either as producers of commodities, consumers, or in the agricultural industry, WALTR will help you gain an ability to identify agricultural legal problems and become acquainted with the basic legal framework surrounding agricultural issues and the tax concepts peculiar to agriculture. It will become evident that agricultural law and taxation is a very dynamic field that has wide application to everyday situations.

WALTR is also designed to be a research tool for practitioners with agricultural-related clients. Many technical issues are addressed and practitioners can also find seminars to attend where the concepts discussed here are more fully explored. In addition, media resources address agricultural law and taxation in action as it applies to current events impacting the sector.

Farm and Ranch Tax Seminar/Webinar

Farm and Ranch Income Tax/Estate and Business Planning Seminar/Webinar
6/7-6/8/2018 (Shippensburg, Pennsylvania)

Agribusiness Symposium 2018
Graphic: Save the date card for the Agribusiness symposium.

Kansas Farm Bureau
Manhattan, Kansas
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Photograph: Roger McEowen.

Roger A. McEowen authors the Washburn Agricultural Law and Tax Report.

Roger on the Air

Roger McEowen regularly appears on radio and television programs heard nationally and across the Midwest and on the worldwide web.

  • 4/23/2018 Ag-Issues - Listen (15:52).
    Discusses cases including a cattle ranching activity deemed to be a hobby, grouping of real estate and aviation activities, easement abandonment, forced destruction of a deer herd.
  • 4/9/2018 Ag-Issues - Listen (14:44).
    Updates on cases including an animal waste air reporting exemption, electronic logging devices rule for agricultural haulers, glyphosate labels in California, biofuel scam in Iowa.
  • 4/2/2018 RFD-TV - Watch (3:56).
    Examines the modification to the qualified business income deduction.
  • 3/29/2018 Agri-Talk - Listen (11:40: begins at 12:20).
    Discusses farm and ranch research and development expenses that qualify for a tax deduction.
  • 3/26/2018 RFD-TV - Watch (3:06).
    Discusses basics of special tax rules that apply to farm net operating losses.
Continuing Education

Roger McEowen regularly presents at continuing education programs. Upcoming events include: