(ST. LOUIS) The USDA yesterday released its Illinois Farm Production Expenditures Report, showing the costs totaled $16.8 billion in 2017, up six (6) percent from the previous year. The item that showed the largest year-to-year increase was Tractors & Self-Propelled Farm Machinery, up $220 million. Close behind were Farm Improvements, which includes all expenditures related to new construction or repairs of buildings, fences, operator dwelling, and any improvements to physical structures of land, up $210 million. On a per-farm basis, the largest expense in 2017 was Rent, including cash rent paid, share rent, plus public and private grazing fees, up slightly more than $50,000 per farm on average. While the expenditures were higher for feed, fertilizer, fuel, and taxes in 2017, they were lower last year for agricultural chemicals, labor, and miscellaneous capital expenses. The full report is online at www.usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/usda.