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:,0,1126681.story


Entry filed under: Featured Articles. Tags: , , , , .

Guest Blog Post: Getting to Know Your BEEF Orange Juice Falls on Forecast for Bigger Florida Harvest; Cotton Rises

1 Comment Add your own

  • 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.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 16 other followers

Connect with us!

Watch us on YouTube!Connect with us on Twitter!Find us on Facebook!

Twitter Feed

Past posts

August 2010
« Jul   Sep »

%d bloggers like this: