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Gov. Rauner declares harvest emergency
Gov. Rauner declares harvest emergency

BY A STAFF WRITER

YORKVILLE, IL -- Gov. Bruce Rauner has declared a 45-day statewide harvest emergency to assist farmers and grain handlers who are grappling with the fallout of rain-related delays.

“Illinois is home to 72,000 farms on 26.7 million acres. We are among the top three corn producers in the nation,” Rauner said while visiting Stewart Farms in Yorkville on November 5.

Richard Guebert Jr., president of the Illinois Farm Bureau said the harvest season emergency declaration will improve the transportation of crops.

Jeff Adkisson, executive vice president of the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois, also praised the governor’s action, noting that a bumper crop combined with the harvest delays to compound the situation.

Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Raymond Poe said the action will encourage the farming community.

State Rep. Dan Swanson, R-Alpha, a member of the House Agriculture and Conservation Committee, said the rainy planting season caused corn and beans to mature later this fall.


“As a result, many farmers are behind in getting their crops harvested,” he said. “With this declaration of a harvest emergency, we will allow farmers the ability to get more grain to the storage sites quicker.”

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Update: 11-November-2017

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