Farming fees hit Illinois farmers in the wallet

August 25, 2010 at 10:21 am 1 comment

MORRISON, Illinois – Call it a sign of the times in Illinois. The cost of farming is going up. That’s after the state hiked fees to help fight its deficit.

While local farmers staff the grill at the Whiteside County Fair on Wednesday, the cost of their occupation is getting more expensive. With each sizzling flip of a burger, the higher Illinois fees are adding up.

“It will impact all of our bottom lines and everything we do,” said Loren Tenboer, a Whiteside County farmer.

Farms will be harvesting part of the state’s financial burden these days. There are about a dozen new fees. That includes everything from inspections to safety checks. The fees are expected to raise about $2 million.

“You’re going to have to pay it or move to something else,” added Carroll County farmer Randy Durward.

Illinois is asking farmers to pitch in to preserve programs. The state’s agriculture department operates on more than $100 million annually.

There are tough times already in the dairy industry. That’s added to more expensive seeds, fuel and fertilizer. Additional expenses from the state are hitting farmers right in the wallet.

“Licensing for our trucks that we haul grain is where we see the most problems with fees,” said John Kophamer, a college student and family farmer in Whiteside County. “We don’t like to pay that much for licensing the trucks.”

Illinois needs money to balance its books. Farmers will end up paying more for the same services.

“We hate to see it, but I can understand the state with the problems they’re having,” Tenboer concluded. “They’ve got to get it somewhere.”

Source and Related Video: http://www.wqad.com/news/wqad-illinois-farm-fees-081810,0,1126681.story

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  • 1. Kathryn  |  August 25, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    So true, as a resident, farmer, and ag student at a state college I am very much feeling the burden of the state’s budget deficit.

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