Farmer’s Tax Guides – Tax Guidance for Your Farm Business

Barry Ward, Director, OSU Income Tax Schools

Leader, Production Business Management

Do you need a resource to answer those tough farm tax questions? If so, you can access the Farmer’s Tax Guide (IRS Publication 225) online at:

The 2020 Farmer’s Tax Guide explains how federal tax laws apply to farming. This guide can be used as a guide for farmers to figure taxes and complete their farm tax return.

The explanations and examples in this publication reflect the Internal Revenue Service’s interpretation of tax laws enacted by Congress, Treasury regulations, and court decisions. However, the information given does not cover every situation and is not intended to replace the law or change its meaning.

Some of the new topics for the 2020 tax year which are included in this publication are: Tax treatment of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments, Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Loans and Forgiven Debt, Increased section 179 expense deduction dollar limits, COVID-19 related employment tax credits and other tax relief, Redesigned Form W-4 for 2020, New Form 1099-NEC, and much more.

Hardcopies of the 2020 Farmer’s Tax Guide are also available at select county OSU Extension offices.

The Rural Tax Education Site has additional resources for agriculturally related income and self-employment tax information that is both current and easy to understand:

The Importance of Dead Wood for Wildlife

Join us Friday December 11th for our Friday Escape to the Forest Webinar – The Importance of Dead Wood for Wildlife

OSU’s wildlife specialist Marne Titchenell will talk about the importance of dead wood to wildlife.


Register here: and join us Friday Dec. 11th at 10 am.  SAF continuing education credits will be offered.






Ohio No-Till Conference (recording)

This conference was held virtually and the video is now available.  See the schedule for the progam and click on the following link to get to the video.

Video recording

9:00     Welcome:
Jan Layman, Hardin County, President, Ohio No-Till Council

9:01     Soil Health and Cover Crops: Effect on Environment

Hans Kok, Program Director, Conservation Technology Information Center

9:47    Sponsors:  Major Sponsors and Supporters  (Randall Reeder)

9:50     Managing Soil for Food and Climate

Rattan Lal, Soil Science OSU Distinguished Professor

10:11   Ohio No-Till Awards (Provided by Walnut Creek Seeds)  (Randall and Jan)

Educator/Researcher Award: Rattan Lal, OSU Distinguished Professor

Business/Industry Awards: Green Field Ag

Outstanding No-Till Farmer: Gary Shick, Hardin County

10:13   Controlling Voles

Jim Hoorman,

10:42  Scholarships: (6 total)   (Randall and Jan)

(2 funded by Bill Richards; one each by Dr. Rafiq Islam and Randall Reeder)

10:45   Nutrient Cycling: Roots capturing micronutrients

Willie Durham, USDA-NRCS, Soil Health Specialist, Texas

11:24  Wrap up.  Randall Reeder and Jan Layman

11:27   END