More than 300 farmers, on average, pay 50 cents a day to call that number, It's the Agriculture Department's Farmers' 900 Newsline, which provides the latest prices on livestock, cattle, hogs and feed. The government used to pay for a toll-free 800 number for the farmers; now Ma Bell pockets what the newsline earns--about $58,000 a year. the IRS for attempting to impose a fraud penalty on the couple for not listing the income on their tax return. The IRS dropped the fraud claim before the case was decided and had no chance of proving it, Fay wrote. "In reality this case should never have come before this court," he said. "Facing an ever-increasing backlog of cases, this court's valuable time commands a better sense of responsibility by those practicing before it. The scars and wasted time are not undone by" the IRS' dropping the fraud issue, Fay wrote. ***

(900) 976-0404 . . . More than 300 farmers, on average, pay 50 cents a day to call that number, It's the Agriculture Department's Farmers' 900 Newsline, which provides the latest prices on livestock, cattle, hogs and feed. The government used to pay for a toll-free 800 number for the farmers; now Ma Bell pockets what the newsline earns--about $58,000 a year.