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      continued from page 3                 “Anthrax has been most fre- reported in North Dakota in
       are readily available, but it  quently reported in northeast,  2020. In 2005, however, more
       takes about a week for immu- southeast and south-central  than 500 confirmed deaths
       nity to be established, and it  North Dakota, but it has been  from anthrax were reported
       must be administered annu- found in almost every part of  with total losses estimated at
       ally for continued protection.  the state,”  Agriculture Com- more than 1,000 head.
       Producers should monitor  missioner Doug Goehring                      Anthrax is caused by the
       their herds for unexplained  said. “A few anthrax cases are  bacteria  Bacillus anthracis.
       deaths and work with their  reported in North Dakota al- The bacterial spores can lie                  exposed to the disease when
       veterinarian to ensure appro- most every year. The animals  dormant in the ground for                  they graze or consume forage
       priate samples are collected  impacted         included     cattle, decades and become active          or water contaminated with
       and submitted to a diagnostic     bison, horses, sheep, llamas  under ideal conditions, such           the spores.
       lab to give the best chance of  and farmed deer and elk.”            as heavy rainfall, flooding
       obtaining a diagnosis.               Two cases of anthrax were  and drought.  Animals are

      GOP SENATORS                       als would not raise taxes on  McConnell said.                        evidence to support that claim.
      continued from page 3              the vast majority of Americans       “Without  the  fix  in  ques- “We essentially asked the
                                         but would raise taxes on the  tion—the so-called stepped-up  USDA to show its math. That
      and ranches in the crosshairs.     wealthy.                           basis for capital gains taxes— request has gone unanswered.”
         The entire GOP Senate cau-         Senate     Minority     Lead- scores of family businesses
      cus  joined  in  stressing  Dem- er Mitch McConnell (R-KY),  across  America could feel a               First vote blocked
                                                                                                                 The  speeches  came  as  Re-
      ocratic plans to raise capi- speaking on the Senate floor,  massive squeeze. In states like             publicans blocked the first pro-
      tal-gains taxes and eliminate  began the criticism by calling  Kentucky, family farms drive             cedural vote on roughly $579
      stepped-up basis for inherited  Democratic plans  “the latest  the rural economy. But as I’ve           billion in new spending that
      assets would be devastating  reckless taxing and spending  heard from many of my state’s                would go to infrastructure such
      to farmers, ranchers and other  spree” that would lead “a his- family farmers, it’s operations          as roads, bridges, broadband
      family businesses. Democrats  toric set of sweeping tax hikes.”  like  theirs  that  are  especially    and water projects around the
      continue to focus on passing  McConnell said family farms  at risk.”                                    country. The vote came as sen-
      their  infrastructure proposals,  are in the crosshairs.                Sen. John Boozman (R-AR),       ators continue to negotiate on
      but  Senate  Democrats  so  far       “It appears our colleagues’  ranking member of the Senate,        the final details of a bill as Re-
      do not appear to have any di- plan will eliminate tax rules  also spoke about the Democrat-             publicans push for more time
      rect response to the all-out Re- that  allow  family  property  to  ic plans. Boozman was joined        to negotiate.  The delays come
      publican  criticism. Democrats  be passed down without facing  by multiple GOP senators who             as Democrats want to pass an
      have maintained their propos- a new devastating tax burden,”  stressed the same message                 infrastructure bill before the
                                                                            that the tax proposals would      Senate takes its traditional Au-
                                                                            put family farmers and ranch-     gust recess.
                                                                            ers at risk.                         In the background is a sec-
                                                                              “The next generation of
                                                                            family farmers will face dev-     ond, larger bill Democrats want
                                                                                                              to pass through reconciliation,
                                                                            astating consequences if the
              Located 45 mi. SE of Kansas City, Mo on 58 Hwy. east at       Democrats have their way, as      meaning it would only require
           Modern Kingsville Livestock Auction Center at Kingsville, MO     their proposed changes put the    a majority vote to pass.  That
                                                                                                              bill would deal with a variety of
                                                                            future of nearly 2 million fam-   social programs and Democrats
                                                                            ily-owned farm operations at      seem to pitch just about every
             Make Plans To Attend Our Next                                  risk,” Boozman said. “The pres-   possible piece of legislation for
                                                                            ident and his allies in Congress
                                                                                                              the reconciliation bill, includ-
              Special Cow & Bull Sale                                       will tell you that family farms   ing  immigration  reform—and
                                                                            and ranches will not be impact-
                                                                                                              possible tax hikes and reforms.
                                                                            ed by their proposed changes.
                                                                                                                 The latest known details
         - Saturday, September 25th -                                       In fact, they make a very spe-    on the president’s tax plan for
                                                                            cific claim that 98 percent of
                                                                                                              reconciliation is that it would
                              11:00 am                                      farms will not be impacted.”      tax unrealized capital gains
                                                                              Boozman was citing a state-
                                                                                                              at  death  at  43.4  percent—up
                                                                            ment made early on by  Agri-
                                                                            culture Secretary Tom Vilsack,    from 23.8 percent after includ-
                                                                                                              ing the Medicare surtax.  The
                                                                            who said that 98 percent of       plan would exempt $1 million
              On-Line Bidding available at                                  farms would not be affected by    in assets for an individual, $2
                                                                            plans to increase taxes on peo-
                                                                                                              million per couple. This would
                     CATTLE                                         ple making more than $400,000     effectively repeal the stepped-
                                                                            a year.  Vilsack also had said
                                                                            farmers    and    family-owned    up basis carryover heirs receive
                                                                            businesses  would  not  be  af-   from estates.
                                                                                                                 USDA, early in this process,
                                                                            fected by proposed increases      stated the tax would not be im-
                                                                            in capital gains or elimination
              All Consigners & Buyers Welcome                               of stepped-up basis as long as    posed  for  people  who  inherit
                                                                                                              farms, as long as those farms
                     Call 816-597-3331 Office                               heirs continue to operate the     remain in the family operation.
                                                                            farm or ranch.  The tax hikes
                       Rick, Jeremy or Jared Anstine                        would affect families who end     At least some rural Democrats
                                                                                                              have pushed for a full exemp-
          816-258-3421 • 816-716-9288 • 816-878-5229                        up selling the farm or ranch.     tion for farms and ranches be
                                                                              Boozman noted that he and
        Website: • email:  other  Republican   senators  written into law.
                                                                                                                 The plan would also increase
                                                                            asked for  Vilsack to provide     income taxes for people making
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