IFB asks Rauner to declare harvest season emergency

Rock Island County FB letter spurs request.

10-26_ifb _asks _rauner _declare _harvest _season _emergency _1_636446124522807565Rock Island County Farm Bureau directors estimate only 20 percent of their county's harvest was complete as of mid-October. (Illinois Farm Bureau file photo)

By Kay Shipman

The Illinois Farm Bureau Board reached out to Gov. Bruce Rauner, seeking a Harvest Season Emergency declaration due to uncontrollable weather factors and commodity markets. In the spring legislative session, IFB succeeded in passing harvest season emergency legislation, a 2017 IFB state legislative priority.

The IFB Board took action following a request from the Rock Island County Farm Bureau Board.

“The fall harvest is always dependent upon Mother Nature, but this year, farmers are feeling more pressure than ever, considering the angst of the falling commodity prices and increasing input costs,” the county Farm Bureau directors wrote. As of mid-October, the county Farm Bureau directors estimated only 20 percent of harvest was complete.

Under the harvest season emergency legislation signed at the Illinois State Fair, a governor may declare a harvest season emergency between Sept. 31 and Dec. 31. The declaration gives road jurisdictions the authority to issue permits for up to 10 percent more than the gross vehicle weight and axle weight limits on their respective roads.

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IFB President Richard Guebert Jr. noted the IFB Board voted unanimously to seek the declaration and thanked Rock Island County Farm Bureau for supporting the issue.

A declaration “will help expedite a harvest season that has fallen behind the normal progress seen in harvest at this time of year,” Guebert wrote the county Farm Bureau. 

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