Kansas Farm Costs Rising

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A new government report shows Kansas farm
production costs went up nearly 21 percent in 2007.

Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service said Tuesday that expenditures that year totaled $12.4 billion in the state. That compares nationally with a 9.3 percent increase, or about to $260 billion in total farm expenses across the country.

Kansas farms account for almost 5 percent of the national farm expenditures.

Tractors and self-propelled farm machinery topped the list of expenditure increase in Kansas, with a 35 percent rise in costs.

Trucks and autos were up 31 percent. Feed expenses were up 29 percent. Fertilizer, lime and soil conditioners were up 28 percent.

Kansas farmers spent an average of $194,357 per farm in 2007.