The Cornucopia Institute, through research and investigations on agricultural and food issues, provides needed information to family farmers, consumers and other stakeholders in the good food movement and to the media. We support economic justice for the family-scale farming community – partnered with consumers – backing ecologically produced local, organic and authentic food.
Cornucopia’s Take: Farmers with extra food after the harvest often donate to charitable organizations like Second Harvest and local food pantries, making the farms eligible for the Enhanced Federal Tax Deduction. The Natural Resources Defense Council has created a PDF containing helpful information for donating farmers, and we have shared it below.
A FARMER’S GUIDE TO THE ENHANCED FEDERAL TAX DEDUCTION FOR FOOD DONATION NRDC
In December 2015, U.S. Congress passed legislation to permanently extend an enhanced deduction for tax-paying businesses that donate food to a food bank or other charitable organization. Prior to the change, only C corporations could claim a deduction; now, all for-profit farms can benefit.
CAN MY FARM BENEFIT?
Sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, andlimited liability companies (LLCs) can all benefit. If your
farm donates food to a charitable organization (or donated food after 2014) and expects to owe taxes in the following
five years, you can potentially claim a deduction. To claim a deduction, your farm business must generate taxable
income, and you must retain a donation record from the charitable organization. Read Full Article »
Fall is probably the time of year when your garden begins to get away from you. You get lax about weeding and procrastinate cleanup as long as possible—sometimes until spring (guilty).
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But staying on top of things will make your job so much easier next season, and it can actually improve the health of your garden. Here are some common errors pro gardeners see people making in the fall and their advice for having the best autumn garden ever. Read Full Article »
Cornucopia’s Take: As our climate changes, many species are disappearing from their native habitat, and sugar maples are one that is in danger. Sap farmers are tapping other trees for syrup now, including the more hardy red maple. Many people are planning adaptations to the changing climate, and more study and discussion on the subject is needed.
Cornucopia’s Take: Judith Schwartz’s book, Cows Save the Planet, and Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth, is based on real-life solutions to loss of top soil and desertification. She champions holistic management and describes a method of livestock management that actually helps build top soil in the interview below.
Asked & Answered: Repairing the Earth World Ark Magazine
Interview, photos and video by Erik Hoffner, World Ark contributor
Think for a moment about the pressing challenges the world faces: poverty, hunger, political instability, war and climate change. Loss of topsoil is seldom included in that list, even though it plays a lead role in all of them. Some experts estimate that this thin life-giving layer of the planet is in danger of disappearing within 60 years due to erosion and desertification, and with it, our ability to grow food. Statistics like this drove author Judith Schwartz to write Cows Save the Planet, and Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth.
Cornucopia’s Take: One third of food is wasted worldwide, representing a tremendous loss of natural resources and money used to grow and transport the food. It also fails to address the needs of the hungry across the planet. This informative video by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations details the scale of the problem and offers some suggestions for allaying it.