Bills which may help farmers are awaiting the governor’s signature, but the unsettled state budget battle worries the state’s agriculture sector.
The General Assembly passed several bills supported by the Illinois Farm Bureau, including changes to trucking regulations and when electricity transmission lines can be built across private property.
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Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert is now concerned with the legislature and governor agreeing on a budget for the next fiscal year. “If we do not have a budget by July 1, it will get really interesting, as the state determines what to do with its payroll, paying bills, grants for services, and other duties of the state,” Guebert said.
Guebert says the two sides should find “appropriate funding mechanisms,” particularly for agricultural programs.