Farm Briefs: 12-27-14


Tontogany man elected district director for cattlemen group
The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association members elected their representatives to the OCA Board of Directors in a
mail ballot election held in November. Scott Alexander of Tontogany was elected as District 1 director.
District 1 includes Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, Williams and Wood
The OCA Board of Directors consists of 15 directors, representing 12 districts with three at-large
statewide positions.
Alexander is involved with his family’s cow-calf operation, Rocking 3C Cattle, located just outside of
Bowling Green. The operation, which is primarily Angus based with Chianina, Maine-Anjou and Simmental
influence, focuses on seedstock and club calves. Alexander has partnerships with other breeders to help
utilize genetics from different parts of the country.
Alexander is active in his community and is serving as president of the Wood County Beef Producers. He
farms alongside his dad and works as a grain merchandiser for a local co-op. Alexander contributed to
the development of the Black Swamp preview show and enjoys devoting time to the Livestock Unlimited 4-H
club as an adviser.
Tax extender bill signed into law
On Dec. 19, President Barack Obama signed into law HR5771. The two major portions of this legislation
which farmers, and other business owners, were waiting anxiously for include the extension of bonus
depreciation and Section 179 Expensing. This legislation includes a one-year retroactive extension of
the 50 percent bonus depreciation for new property acquired and placed in service during 2014 (2015 for
certain property with a longer production period). The tax extender legislation returns the Section 179
Expensing level to $500,000 with the phase-out provisions not kicking in until $2 million. For more
information see

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