IL Soybean Association disappointed in ag budget cuts

The director of government relations and strategy at the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) says he’s disappointed in several aspects of the new 53.1-billion-dollar state budget.

Andrew Larson tells Brownfield…

“We’re also concerned to see a four million plus dollar cut to Soil and Water Conservation districts across the state,” he says.

Larson says he’s concerned farmers won’t have the access they need to conservation experts.

“These times when more conservation programs are being put out there, and more focus is on it,” he says, “having less resources and folks to work with locally under soil and water conservation districts, and less program opportunities, is certainly not the direction we want to see it go.”

Larson says the increase to the “Fall Covers for Spring Savings” program, which gives farmers that plant cover crops a discount on the next year’s crop insurance, was a minor win.

That program has been oversubscribed, and while that program did increase, it only increased by about $300,000.”  He says, “We were hoping to get total funding over 3.1 million, so we fell quite a bit short.”

Larson says ISA was also disappointed there were no estate tax relief measures passed by the General Assembly. 

AUDIO: Andrew Larson – Illinois Soybean Association on FY25 Budget

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