Photograph: Roger McEowen giving interview on the radio.

Roger on the Air, 2019

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

  • 12/30/2019 Ag-Issues - Listen (16:42).
    Looked back at 2019 on the legal and tax developments impacting agriculture. With so many legal developments, he talked about his "almost top 10 of 2019".
  • 12/17/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (3:06).
    Discusses restructuring credit lines.
  • 12/16/2019 Ag-Issues - Listen (16:29).
    Discusses water usage issues in Kansas, one with the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge priority right, the other with a couple of west-central Kansas towns that need water in another county that don’t want to give it up.
  • 12/11/2019 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 13:00)
    Discusses the question of whether a farmstead windbreak would qualify for depreciation under current income tax rules.
  • 12/10/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (2:56).
    Discusses depreciating windbreaks.
  • 12/3/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (3:07).
    Discusses properly titling property.
  • 12/3/2019 Ag-Issues - Listen (15:50).
    Discusses the distinction between co-tenancy and joint tenancy with regards to land ownership and why it matters; windbreaks used on farms and whether or not they’re considered depreciable.
  • 11/27/2019 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 13:00)
    Discusses a case involving dicamba herbicide drift, a bankruptcy plan involving a farmer and his daughter, a confined animal feeding operation permit and farm property ownership during divorce.
  • 11/25/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (2:51).
    Discusses Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulations.
  • 11/18/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (2:46).
    Discusses S Corporation considerations.
  • 11/18/2019 Ag-Issues - Listen (17:31).
    Discusses the U.S. Supreme Court case on whether the Clean Water Act requires a federal NPDES permit for a discharge of a pollutant from groundwater into a WOTUS. He says the decision on this case could have significant impacts on U.S. farmers.
  • 11/13/2019 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 01:30)
    Discusses groundwater pollution case which will have major repercussions for virtually all agricultural interests. The U.S. Supreme Court are deciding whether non-point source pollution via groundwater constitutes a violation of the Clean Water Act.
  • 11/11/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (3:20).
    Discusses estate planning and succession.
  • 11/4/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (3:35).
    Discusses fees subject to self-employment tax.
  • 11/4/2019 Ag-Issues - Listen (15:24).
    Discusses two Iowa cases about odors from agricultural facilities, rationale for state sales tax on an activity or item, approval of permits for oil & gas drilling operations, director fees subject to self-employment tax.
  • 10/30/2019 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 13:00)
    Discusses a recent court decision in western Kansas over the legality of the local enhanced management area approach to irrigation water conservation, on the part of groundwater management districts.
  • 10/28/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (3:05).
    Discusses state regulation of water rights.
  • 10/21/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (3:10).
    Discusses bad debt deduction.
  • 10/21/2019 Ag-Issues - Listen (15:13).
    Discusses eminent domain and why Supreme Court ruling was important to agriculture, Kansas Groundwater Management District and a court decision that may affect Local Enhanced Management Area, Ohio building split in two to solve a property dispute.
  • 10/16/2019 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 13:00)
    Discusses a new ruling out of the U.S. Supreme Court that favors agricultural producers and other landowners -- regulatory "takings" provisions and the extent to which a landowner can appeal an adverse takings ruling at the state level up to the federal court level.
  • 10/14/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (2:49).
    Discusses tax basis "step-up" at death and the planning steps to achieve a basis increase.
  • 10/7/2019 Ag-Issues - Listen (16:59).
    Discusses a farmer sued for wetland violation without specific recommendation from EPA, denied crop insurance claims, hobby farmers and how they’re affected by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the Internal Revenue Service.
  • 10/2/2019 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 13:00)
    Discusses two decisions by the Kansas Supreme Court, a contentious family dispute over whom would inherit a homestead upon the death of the remaining parent, and natural gas migration from one property to the other.
  • 9/30/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (3:53).
    Discusses the key distinguishing characteristics of a family limited partnership, how it is formed and the important points to consider upon formation.
  • 9/23/2019 Ag-Issues - Listen (16:14).
    Discusses irrigation return flows and the Clean Water Act, a power of attorney situation, and rule of capture being inapplicable to identifiable migrated gas.
  • 9/18/2019 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 13:00)
    Discusses a new court ruling that he says should have crop irrigators' attention - the Clean Water Act point source pollution exemption for runoff water discharge from irrigated fields.
  • 9/16/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (3:42).
    Discusses contract transactions for agricultural goods.
  • 9/9/2019 Ag-Issues - Listen (15:32).
    Discusses the regulatory changes to the Endangered Species Act, a case in which casualty loss deduction not allowed and how a tax court ruled horse activity is not trade or business without a horse.
  • 9/7/2019 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 13:00)
    Reviews a recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling that dealt with the rule against perpetuity and how it might apply to oil and gas rights.
  • 9/3/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (3:09).
    Discusses tax reporting of commodity wages.
  • 8/26/2019 Ag-Issues - Listen (16:15).
    Discusses deduction of costs of ancestry kits, pipeline easement wording, USDA rules on hemp production and USDA’s Swampbuster rules.
  • 8/21/2019 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 13:00)
    Discusses the conclusion of a 30-year court battle between a farm couple and the USDA over a "swampbuster" declaration on the farm property.
  • 8/13/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (3:28).
    Discusses conservation easements and the like-kind exchange rules.
  • 8/13/2019 Ag-Issues - Listen (15:38).
    Discusses issues in ag law and tax over the past 25 years and why it brings up the need for bankruptcy venue reform, various tax reform bills and the ever changing tax rules.
  • 8/7/2019 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 13:00)
    Discusses a new tax provision being implemented in Kansas that will impose a sales tax on commerce conducted in the state by out-of-state retailers.
  • 8/5/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (3:00).
    Discusses regulation of food products.
  • 7/29/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (4:17).
    Discusses increase in chapter 12 debt limit.
  • 7/29/2019 Ag-Issues - Listen (16:30).
    Discusses the signup and requirements for the 2019 Market Facilitation Program and congress legislation on proposed increase on chapter 12 farm bankruptcy debt limit.
  • 7/24/2019 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 13:00)
    Discusses a result of huge court awards to plantiffs that's generally overlooked and the tax liability associated with those awards. He uses the example of the highly-publicized jury decision in a glyphosate exposure case.
  • 7/10/2019 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 13:00)
    Discusses the important differences between Chapter 11 and Chapter 12 bankruptcy regulations that farmers should know about.
  • 7/8/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (2:41).
    Discusses tax treatment of start-up expenses.
  • 7/1/2019 Ag-Issues - Listen (15:08).
    Discusses recent cases, IRS and hobby losses in agriculture mainly associated with horses, FSA loan bankruptcy case, IRS ruling on 20% pass-through deduction and agricultural cooperatives.
  • 6/26/2019 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 13:00)
    Discusses the principle of eminent domain and what constitutes a private property "taking" by a public entity.
  • 6/17/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (3:37).
    Discusses prevented planting payments and the regulatory and legal rules that kick-in that the recipient-farmer becomes subject to.
  • 6/17/2019 Ag-Issues - Listen (16:51).
    Discusses recent cases, self-employment tax court ruling, false story claiming thousands of farm exceeded payment limit rule on MFP payments, Kansas City Fed latest Ag Credit Report, pipeline company can use eminent domain to obtain property rights.
  • 6/12/2019 Ag-Today - Listen (7:40; begins at 13:00)
    Discusses a recent blog regarding the ability of foreign persons or entities to own agricultural land in the United States.
  • 6/11/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (3:12).
    Discusses the self-employment tax treatment of contract production income.
  • 6/3/2019 Ag-Issues - Listen (15:25).
    Discusses Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payment limits, MFP payments pledged as collateral and lender’s rights, Chapter 12 bankruptcy case in Kansas and comments on Obama administration’s WOTUS Rule struck down by the federal judge in Galveston Texas.
  • 5/29/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (3:27).
    Discusses lenders’ rights in Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments.
  • 5/29/2019 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 13:00)
    Discusses several important things to consider when Market Facilitation Program payments are used as collateral for farm loans.
  • 5/22/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (2:48).
    Discusses nuisance lawsuits in agriculture.
  • 5/20/2019 Ag-Issues - Listen (15:53).
    Discusses cases, long standing lawsuit involving a rail trail in central Kansas, tax court ruling that could ease loss requirements on so-called passive participation and recent Supreme Court case Apple Inc. v. Pepper.
  • 5/15/2019 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 13:00)
    Discusses the level of protection "right-to-farm" laws provide to agricultural producers against nuisance claims, revolving around what's called the "coming to the nuisance defense".
  • 5/13/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (3:01).
    Discusses the increase in bankruptcies in the Midwest and how it is impacting the collateral needed for farm loans and extensions of those loans.
  • 5/6/2019 Ag-Issues - Listen (15:30).
    Discusses cases, a Nebraska law providing tax relief for destroyed real estate, IRS explains how farm income averaging interacts with the QBID, Indiana right-to-farm Law involving nuisance law suits, product liability down on the farm.
  • 5/1/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (3:12).
    Discusses recent significant tax developments that went unnoticed as tax returns were being filed by producers.
  • 5/1/2019 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 13:00)
    Discusses the legal principles associated with nuisance cases that could impact agricultural producers, and legal disputes over soil conservation with constitutional overtones.
  • 4/24/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (3:31).
    Discusses self-rentals and the passive loss rules.
  • 4/22/2019 Ag-Issues - Listen (16:40).
    Discusses cases, Constitutional issue with soil erosion, negligence and reasonably prudent farmer, wills and undue influence.
  • 4/17/2019 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 1:30)
    Discusses potential glyphosate-related legal Issues and advises agricultural producers about steps they might want to take to protect themselves from any potential legal liabilities from the use of glyphosate herbicide.
  • 4/15/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (3:13).
    Discusses will challenges and undue influence.
  • 4/8/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (3:16).
    Discusses the implications of the Roundup litigation on a farming or ranching operation.
  • 4/8/2019 Ag-Issues - Listen (15:13).
    Discusses recent jury decisions in California regarding glyphosate (Roundup) herbicide, livestock handling during vaccination of calves and headbutting ram case on a neighbor's farm.
  • 4/3/2019 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 13:00)
    Discusses court cases, family farm trust that performed as intended despite major disputes among the heirs, insurance policy and power outage caused by squirrel, and state agency's latitude in enforcing groundwater use regulations.
  • 3/25/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (3:35).
    Discusses the Packers and Stockyards Act in Kansas.
  • 3/25/2019 Ag-Issues - Listen (15:20).
    Discusses court cases, estate beneficiaries liable for estate tax 19 years after decedent’s death; dangerous dog statute inapplicable to injured ranch hand; ministerial housing allowance income exclusion; squirrel caused damage excluded from insurance coverage.
  • 3/20/2019 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 13:00)
    Talks about tax reporting considerations for livestock producers who are seeking relief from herd losses through the USDA's Livestock Indemnity Program.
  • 3/18/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (3:17).
    Discusses the personal liability of estate beneficiaries for federal estate tax.
  • 3/11/2019 Ag-Issues - Listen (14:29).
    Discusses court cases, tax bill introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders, Preparer Tax Identification Numbers required by IRS, groundwater case in Nebraska, arbitration panel not required to break down crop insurance award by county.
  • 3/6/2019 Ag-Today - Listen (8:00; begins at 24:27)
    Looks at what legally constitutes an agricultural "nuisance" in disputes between producers and neighbors, and how this relates to state right-to-farm laws.
  • 3/4/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (2:39).
    Discusses how the law handles rural land-use conflicts and how these conflict situations with adjoining landowners can best be minimized or avoided.
  • 2/25/2019 Ag-Issues - Listen (15:02).
    Discusses recent court cases, chapter 12 bankruptcy case, disclosure of photos in an apple account to estate executor, the new EPA WOTUS Rules.
  • 2/20/2019 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 13:00)
    Reviews court rulings, a producer's misleading inaccurate information in a bankruptcy proceeding, access to digital information by an executor of estate, decision on a key federal agency's ability to determine whom may serve on its advisory committees.
  • 2/11/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (3:16).
    Discusses the need to review estate planning documents.
  • 2/11/2019 Ag-Issues - Listen (16:16).
    Discusses recent court cases, barring the IRS from foreclosing on real estate, insurance policy on unprofitable cattle activity, hunting rights and ownership, water dispute.
  • 2/6/2019 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 13:00)
    Discusses two new legal developments, court ruling on a liability insurance coverage case involving a "hobby" farm, and decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a long-standing case on taxation of a living trust.
  • 1/28/2019 Ag-Issues - Listen (14:28).
    Discusses recent court cases involving, worker’s compensation, adverse possession, revocable living trust, constitutionally protected speech, prior appropriation doctrine.
  • 1/23/2019 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 1:40)
    Discusses two recent court decisions, dispute between senior and junior water right holder in Kansas and a ruling on an Iowa law which made it illegal to defame a confined livestock operation by gaining access to that operation under false pretenses.
  • 1/22/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (3:27).
    Discusses farm/ranch businesses and liability for the acts of workers.
  • 1/14/2019 Ag-Issues - Listen (16:30).
    Discusses the top ten agricultural law and tax stories of 2018.
  • 1/10/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (4:55).
    Discusses Iowa's ag-gag law ruled as unconstitutional by federal court.
  • 1/10/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (5:53).
    Discusses top ten agricultural law and tax developments for 2018 - numbers 2 and 1, and upcoming issues in 2019.
  • 1/10/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (5:05).
    Discusses top ten agricultural law and tax developments for 2018 - numbers 4 and 3.
  • 1/10/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (5:04).
    Discusses top ten agricultural law and tax developments for 2018 - numbers 7, 6 and 5.
  • 1/10/2019 RFD-TV - Watch (4:51).
    Discusses top ten agricultural law and tax developments for 2018 - numbers 10, 9 and 8.
  • 1/9/2019 Ag-Today - Listen (32:30)
    Discusses 2018 top ten agricultural law developments.

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