Who’s Involved

The Farmers for Tax Fairness coalition creates awareness about proposed tax reform that will pose hardship on U.S. agriculture operations.

The Farmers for Tax Fairness coalition was created in the fall of 2013 by ag consulting and accounting firm K·Coe Isom, who began working with farmers in 1932. The third-generation firm is increasingly involved in agriculture—from influencing policy to supporting input providers, producers, and post-harvest handling. The firm advocates for the long-term viability of the food and agriculture industry.

This coalition is part of a national campaign to keep Congress from limiting the use of cash accounting by agriculture and other businesses. Farmers for Tax Fairness is an initiative of K·Coe Isom and is not established as a separate non-profit entity.

A team led by Brian Kuehl, K·Coe Isom’s Director of Federal Affairs and Ryan Stroschein, K·Coe Isom’s Federal Affairs Manager, includes several of the firm’s tax and legislative issue specialists, as well as K·Coe Isom’s outreach professionals and external lobbyists.

This cause—defeating the proposed cash-to-accrual tax-law change—is supported by numerous credible organizations. But we still need your help creating awareness and telling your lawmakers NO to cash-accounting rule changes.

Meet the Farmers for Tax Fairness Outreach Team

Brian Kuehl

Brian Kuehl
Director of Federal Affairs,
K·Coe Isom

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202 674.6779

Brian joined K·Coe Isom in June 2013 when the firm acquired Vela Environmental, a strategic consulting firm with a long history of lobbying and sustainability consulting in the food and agriculture sector. Brian’s career includes serving as chief of staff, legislative director, and environmental and energy adviser to U.S. Senator Max Baucus. He studied psychology, legal philosophy, and political theory at the University of California at Davis and received his law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law. In 2006, he was awarded the Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he received a certificate in advanced environmental studies.

Ryan Strochein

Ryan Stroschein
Federal Affairs Manager, K·Coe Isom
Email Ryan
202 415.5174

Ryan serves as K·Coe Isom’s Federal Affairs Manager, helping to coordinate advocacy campaigns and leading client interactions with members of Congress. Ryan has served as Director of Government Relations for Airlines for America, Legislative Director to Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, and Legislative Assistant to Senator Tom Daschle. Ryan was raised on a farm in South Dakota, received his law degree from the University of Nebraska School of Law and received his B.A. from South Dakota State University.


Devin Rhinerson
Senior Associate, PACE Companies, LLC
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Devin Rhinerson developed a comprehensive knowledge about the California Agriculture sector agriculture during his seven years working in the Office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). As a senior advisor to his home-state Senator, Devin was the leading advocate on a number of successful initiatives including efforts to secure funding to address invasive pests and disease outbreaks, efforts to help farmers comply with federal Clean Air Act regulations, and efforts to assist farmers deal with drought-related disasters. Devin also helped champion Senator Feinstein’s effort to provide farmers with a stable workforce by reforming our nation’s immigration policies.

Tax Specialists


Tom Peebles, CPA
Principal, K·Coe Isom
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Tom is a business consultant and tax specialist with expertise in partnerships, pension and fringe benefit plans and entity formation, including tax-exempt organizations. He earned his law degree from University of Nebraska and his undergrad from University of Iowa.

Paul Smith Prof 10-12

Paul Smith, CPA
Principal, K·Coe Isom
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Paul oversees K·Coe Isom’s commercial feedlot services. His expertise is in auditing and tax, income tax planning, entity structuring, and agriculture financial consulting. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University and is a member of the Kansas Livestock Association, American Angus Association, and the Barber County Cattlemen’s Association.

Doug Claussen 10-12

Doug Claussen, CPA
Principal, K·Coe Isom
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Doug works heavily in feedlot and agricultural industry-related organizations. He earned his master’s degree in Agribusiness from Kansas State University and his undergrad in accounting and business from Sterling College.



Find out how you can help stop these proposed changes from becoming law and taxing you unfairly.
The ag community needs a voice. The ag community needs you.

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