Karen McMahon has been editor of Farm Industry News since 2000. She joined the staff in 1998 as senior editor and previously worked on the company’s National Hog Farmer magazine.

Karen grew up on a crop and livestock farm outside of LeMars, IA, and earned her journalism degree from South Dakota State University. After college, she worked on the local newspaper as farm editor and later started writing for various livestock and crop magazines.

She has written extensively about trends and technology related to corn and soybean production, the equipment needed for row-crop farming, and livestock production.   

Posts by Karen McMahon

100% equipment tax deduction deadline nears

Section 179 of the IRS tax code offers to farmers and small businesses a 100% deduction on qualified equipment up to $500,000 for 2010 and 2011....More

Fendt 828 Vario named Europe's 2011 Tractor of the Year

Europe's prestigious Tractor of the Year award for 2011 goes to AGCO's Fendt 828 Vario tractor. The new model features a Tier 4-compliant engine with....More

Tier 4 rules will change tractor engines

In the latest family debate over car buying, my 21-year-old son declared, “Mom, you buy the car for the engine.” I thought about his....More

New Holland offers self-propelled sprayers built by Miller-St. Nazianz

New Holland has entered the growing self-propelled sprayer market with two new sprayer lines manufactured by Miller-St. Nazianz. The new sprayer....More

Midwest farmland prices rise slightly

Illinois appraisers group reports slightly higher farmland prices for first six months. Cash rent for 2011 are expected to increase as well....More