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Many agricultural businesses, such as dairy farms, are unaware that the government offers generous research and development (R&D) incentive programs, or they may believe that such programs do not apply to agricultural companies. Even those that are aware often fail to capture the full extent of R&D Tax Credits to which they are entitled. If you think you have to have a PhD and a laboratory to be conducting qualified activities as defined by the Internal Revenue Code, think again.

Has your operation produced new or improved products recently? Have you modified product formulations and/or production processes or made other improvements to the efficiency of your operation? If the answer is yes, then there is a strong chance that your agricultural company could benefit from an R&D Tax Credit study. Let incentAdvise's agriculture experts help you claim the credits that you deserve.

Examples of activities and innovations eligible for R&D tax incentives include the following:

Dairy Production:

  • Optimizing productivity and utilization of dairy pastures

  • Developing / Integration of new or improved dairy production systems

  • Developing technologies to measure body composition in livestock

  • Developing ways to increase milk production

  • Developing new gene transfer technologies

  • Eliminating / controlling dairy cattle disease

  • Conducting horticultural R&D activities

  • Evaluating/Integrating of accelerated growth formulas

  • Avoiding antibiotic residues in milk

  • Making efforts to control molds and mycotoxins

  • Attempting to improve milking procedures to increase milking efficiency

  • Evaluating and implementing of odor control treatment methods

Dairy Product Processing:

  • Developing an innovative product that is new to the market

  • Developing new processing techniques or facilities

  • Experimenting with aging techniques

  • Experimenting with preservatives to increase shelf life of various dairy products

  • Developing or experimenting with new feeds or feeding techniques for dairy cattle

  • Developing and experimenting with new breeding techniques

  • Developing automated processes

  • Developing specialty products such as reduced fat, low-carbohydrate, or protein-enhanced dairy products

  • Developing products with lengthened shelf lives

  • Developing or modifying pasteurization processes

  • Developing new or improved methods to minimize bacteria and other contaminants

  • Developing or modifying bottling processes

  • Shepherding products or processes through regulatory or industry approval processes (e.g., FDA, USDA, ISO-9000)

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In order to better serve distribution and logistics corporations, incentAdvise has developed an Industry Specialization Program that focuses on the qualification and quantification of R&D tax benefits for companies operating in the diverse areas that comprise distribution and logistics. incentAdvise’s Software Specialization Group employs individuals who have educational backgrounds and hands-on experience within the disciplines of engineering, electronics, and software.

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