Photograph: Roger McEowen giving interview on the radio.

Roger on the Air

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

  • 6/29/2020 Ag-Issues - Listen (18:58).
    Discusses whether dinosaur fossils are "minerals" and if owned by the owner of a mineral estate, when is a transfer of funds a gift and why it matters, update on the Small Business Administration regulation barring bankrupt borrowers from the Paycheck Protection Program.
  • 6/24/2020 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 12:50)
    Discusses the care that parents need to take in making monetary gifts to adult children in the form of loans, which have to be conducted properly to avoid incurring tax liability.
  • 6/23/2020 RFD-TV - Watch (2:52).
    Discusses whether an advance of funds to a child is a loan or a gift.
  • 6/15/2020 RFD-TV - Watch (3:34).
    Discusses chapter 12 filers and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan eligibility.
  • 6/15/2020 Ag-Issues - Listen (17:30).
    Discusses the latest in the Dicamba court ruling update, indictment of senior executives of chicken processing firms, Indiana case where outdated county ordinance failed to bar CAFO’s and whether advances to children are considered loans or gifts.
  • 6/9/2020 Ag-Issues - Listen (19:18).
    Discusses the decision by U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, vacating the use of three dicamba-related herbicides on dicamba tolerant soybeans and cotton. Also commented on EPA’s cancellation order for the three dicamba herbicides affected by the court decision.
  • 6/9/2020 Ag-Today - Listen (11:20; begins at 12:45)
    Discusses the position of the Environmental Protection Agency regarding farmers' use of the three dicamba herbicides affected by U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit court decision.
  • 6/1/2020 Ag-Issues - Listen (17:36).
    Discusses bankruptcy cases on Farm Service Agency not entitled to Set-Off subsidy payments and Chapter 12 bankruptcy debtor barred from receiving a PPP loan. Other cases on discriminatory tax treatment by the Kansas Department of Revenue, complaint that inadequately identifies a seller of defective seed, connection between Dicamba, peaches and a defective Ferrari.
  • 5/27/2020 RFD-TV - Watch (3:10).
    Discusses solar energy production and the tax credit for producing electricity from the sun.
  • 5/27/2020 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 13:00)
    Discusses legal protections afforded agricultural cooperatives against anti-trust claims, and how the courts have interpreted those over the years. He relates this to recent questions arising from the investigation into the pricing activities of the meatpacking industry.
  • 5/19/2020 RFD-TV - Watch (4:09).
    Discusses collective action of agricultural producers to enhance markets for their products, amid uncertainties surrounding the investigation into the pricing activities of the major meatpackers.
  • 5/18/2020 Ag-Issues - Listen (16:54).
    Discusses U.S. Department of Justice investigation into the pricing activities of meatpacking industry and what options producers have, such as forming a cooperative.
  • 5/13/2020 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 13:00)
    Reviews the history of the Packers and Stockyards Act, and how the courts have historically interpreted its regulation of price manipulation of the meat packing industry.
  • 5/4/2020 Ag-Issues - Listen (16:33).
    Discusses recent guidance further explaining how the Paycheck Protection Loan Program applies to farming and ranching operations and U.S. Supreme Court opinion on groundwater discharges of pollutants and implications for agriculture.
  • 4/29/2020 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 1:30)
    Provides more information on the stipulations of the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program loans for agricultural producers and addresses how receiving a PPP loan would affect a producer's eligibility for the USDA's forthcoming COVID-19 assistance.
  • 4/28/2020 RFD-TV - Watch (4:29).
    Discusses lingering questions and issues surrounding the eligibility of farmers & ranchers for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
  • 4/27/2020 The Big Show (iHeart Radio) - Listen (06:15; begins at 01:25)
    Discusses the Force Majeure clause in contracts in times of crisis.
  • 4/21/2020 RFD-TV - Watch (4:14).
    Discusses the non-performance of contract obligations in the time of massive economic disruption and the concept of "force majeure".
  • 4/20/2020 Ag-Issues - Listen (18:25).
    Discusses the Payroll Protection Program with regards to agriculture and getting out of contracts in times of a pandemic.
  • 4/15/2020 RFD-TV - Watch (3:53).
    Discusses income tax-related provisions.
  • 4/15/2020 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 13:00)
    Discusses the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Loan Program of the CARES Act, he looks at what's known to the moment about farmer eligibility for these relief loans.
  • 4/6/2020 Ag-Issues - Listen (16:01).
    Discusses cases, co-owned property subject to a forced sale, updated a decision on "Ag-Gag" law and the federal trial court on livestock facility, conflicted interests in stored grain, retirement-related provisions of the recently passed CARES Act.
  • 4/1/2020 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 13:00)
    Discusses maintaining good farm and ranch estate and business planning. Even as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has made estate and business planning much easier, estate and business planning should not be ignored if the desire is to keep the farming or ranching business in the family.
  • 3/31/2020 RFD-TV - Watch (3:11).
    Discusses conflicting interests in stored grain.
  • 3/24/2020 RFD-TV - Watch (4:26).
    Discusses the alternate valuation provision for a federally taxable estate.
  • 3/23/2020 Ag-Issues - Listen (16:25).
    Discusses cases, watermelon pollinator not proven as a cause of hollow heart, tax court petition not timely mailed, early withdrawal penalty on IRA was deemed constitutional, tax provisions in the CARES bill submitted by Senate Republicans.
  • 3/18/2020 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 13:00)
    Discusses tax court rulings, valuation of an estate for tax purposes, early withdrawal from a retirement account, tax liabilities on bank accounts in foreign jurisdictions, and whether lakes do have constitutional rights.
  • 3/9/2020 Ag-Issues - Listen (15:43).
    Discusses cases involving city of Toledo's Lake Erie Bill of Rights; serial wetland violation by family farm operators; reversion to agricultural use in big island of Hawaii; failure to disclose foreign bank account; no deductions for farm not operated for profit.
  • 3/4/2020 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 01:30)
    Discusses the tax code provision called the Qualified Business Income Deduction, and how farmers, ranchers and other landowners can qualify for this significant deduction.
  • 3/2/2020 RFD-TV - Watch (2:50).
    Discusses the tax rules surrounding death of livestock.
  • 2/24/2020 RFD-TV - Watch (3:23).
    Discusses recent developments involving estate and trust court decisions.
  • 2/24/2020 Ag-Issues - Listen (15:28).
    Discusses two cases involving charitable deduction, and other cases, cutting horse activity not deemed as a hobby, Chapter 11 Bankruptcy interest rate and a dog bite not foreseeable.
  • 2/19/2020 RFD-TV - Watch (3:14).
    Discusses transferring farm real estate.
  • 2/19/2020 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 13:00)
    Discusses court developments, a ruling on the interest rate to be applied in a farm bankruptcy reorganization and taking charitable tax deductions on land conservation easements.
  • 2/10/2020 RFD-TV - Watch (3:41).
    Discusses family farming arrangements and liens.
  • 2/10/2020 Ag-Issues - Listen (14:32).
    Discusses cases - a farmhouse not a dwelling and thus no conviction for burglary, semi-trailer in a farm field near a roadway with advertising subject to a permit, owner not liable in negligence or strict liability for a butting lamb, IRS decision determined no deduction for a donated conservation easement.
  • 2/5/2020 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 13:00)
    Reviews Kansas court rulings, decision on a challenge to a Kansas law to protect animal agricultural facilities from being annoyingly infiltrated by those who intended to harm their business, a debtor who filed a chapter 12 bankruptcy that ended up being costly to the creditor, theft of property stored in a farm house that was used as a dwelling.
  • 2/5/2020 RFD-TV - Watch (3:15).
    Discusses statute of frauds and sales of goods.
  • 1/27/2020 RFD-TV - Watch (3:42).
    Discusses top ten agricultural law and tax developments of 2019; number two - year-end tax and retirement legislation and number one - Qualified Business Income (QBI) final regulations.
  • 1/27/2020 Ag-Issues - Listen (17:48).
    Discusses the decision striking down a portion of Kansas Farm Animal and Field Crop and Research Facilities Protect Act, enacted in 1990, a case that states aerial application of agricultural chemical not inherently dangerous activity, a case that has a financing statement that was "seriously misleading" and creditor that was unsecured.
  • 1/24/2020 RFD-TV - Watch (3:53).
    Discusses top ten agricultural law and tax developments of 2019; number four - regulatory changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and number three - irrigation return flows and the Clean Water Act.
  • 1/22/2020 RFD-TV - Watch (3:31).
    Discusses top ten agricultural law and tax developments of 2019; number six - SCOTUS rules on administrative agency deference and number five - Waters of the United States (WOTUS) definition.
  • 1/22/2020 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 01:30)
    Discusses two recent court cases regarding beneficiaries named in wills and they both demonstrate the importance of language when making a will.
  • 1/17/2020 RFD-TV - Watch (3:38).
    Discusses top ten agricultural law and tax developments of 2019; number eight - SCOTUS agrees to hear case involving groundwater discharges into a WOTUS and number seven - regulatory takings.
  • 1/13/2020 RFD-TV - Watch (4:09).
    Discusses top ten agricultural law and tax developments of 2019; number ten - the relevance of roundup jury verdicts and number nine - agricultural antitrust – the ability of a farmer to sue for anticompetitive conduct.
  • 1/13/2020 Ag-Issues - Listen (17:24).
    Reviewed his list of the top ten Agricultural Law and Tax Developments from 2019.
  • 1/8/2020 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 01:30)
    Discusses his top ten agricultural law and taxation developments of 2019. In the first segment, he reviews numbers ten through six.
  • 1/8/2020 Ag-Today - Listen (11:00; begins at 12:55)
    Discusses his top ten agricultural law and taxation developments of 2019. In the second segment he concludes with a look at his top five choices.
  • 1/7/2020 RFD-TV - Watch (3:34).
    Discusses the almost top ten issues of agricultural law and tax developments of 2019; chapter 12 debt limit increase, which government agency sues a farmer for a WOTUS violation? and USDA’s Swampbuster "incompetence"..
  • 1/2/2020 RFD-TV - Watch (3:52).
    Discusses retirement planning provisions.

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