“Various droughts around the world have reduced our inventories to the point that prices are extremely good for the grain farmers. We went through somewhat of a drought this year, but actually recovered with a decent crop in a lot of cases,” Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson said during a state budget hearing earlier this month.
“And then in a lot of cases, some farmers around Weakley County along the state line actually lost 100 percent of their corn crop, but came back with soybeans and so forth.”
Johnson continued: “If you’re feeding feed, this is where you get hit. And so the poultry industry in the state is being hit hard, livestock feeders and so forth, but a lot of the livestock prices have been strong to overcome some of that.”
Johnson is requesting $68.2 million in state funding for the Department of Agriculture for the next fiscal year, holding near steady with the amount the agency received this year and up about 5 percent from the $65 million state budget for fiscal year 2012.
The department’s purview includes food safety, agribusiness, conservation and wildfire prevention.
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