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Decoding the Farm Bill & Unlocking R&D Potential


Interview with Mike Johanns, Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and Timothy Taschner, Associate Director

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What can you expect to learn from this episode?

  • Farm Bill Dynamics: Insights into political debates and budget priorities affecting agriculture.
  • Mike’s Political Journey: From farm life to influential political roles, intertwining agriculture and governance.
  • R&D Tax Credits for Agriculture: Exploring how everyday farming innovations can lead to significant tax savings.
  • Practical R&D in Farming: Demonstrating how standard farm practices can qualify as research, unlocking financial benefits.
  • Agriculture’s Continuous Evolution: Recognizing the industry’s adaptability and complexity, contrary to perceptions of resistance to change.
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Featured Leadership

Mike Johanns was the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 2005-2007 as well as the Governor of Nebraska from 1999-2005 and the state’s U.S. Senator from 2009-2015. As alliantgroup’s Chairman of Agriculture, Johanns brings more than 30 years of experience at virtually every level of government and a strong background in both agriculture and economic development. As the Secretary of Agriculture, he managed 18 different agencies, opened or expanded access to 40 international markets and was responsible for multiple agricultural breakthroughs as a negotiator for the Doha Development Round.

Tim Taschner, Associate Director, is a leader of alliantgroup’s R&D and ERC practice. Tim and his team specialize in serving the agriculture and life science industries at alliantgroup. Under Tim’s direction, the team has helped clients ranging from livestock producers and row crop farmers to dental laboratories and pharmaceutical companies claim over $500 million in federal and state tax incentives.