Ag Briefs

The Associated Press

Injured western Illinois farmer gets help with harvest

BASCO, Ill. (AP) — Eighteen western Illinois farmers pitched in to help harvest beans and corn belonging to a farmer who recently fell from his grain trailer and broke two vertebrae.

The Quincy Herald-Whig reports the farmers brought their combines and semi-trucks to John Ufkes’ farm near Basco on Friday and Saturday.

The accident will keep Ufkes from working for three months.

The farmers were able to harvest 160 acres of beans and 160 acres of corn. Farmers came from places like Augusta, Hull, West Point and Golden.

Ufkes said he was amazed by how some farmers will stop to help a neighbor even though they’re not done with their own harvests.

He said, “the farming community really rallies around someone when they have a problem.”

Basco is about 35 miles west of Macomb in Hancock County.

New odor rules, fees coming to Spokane County pot farms

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Marijuana farmers in Spokane County will soon have to register with an air pollution agency that’s instituting new rules in response to odor complaints.

The Spokesman-Review reported Wednesday that the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency proposed the rules, stating a large number of odor complaints have come in since commercial production started three years ago.

The rules include a fee structure requiring businesses to pay the agency based on the size of the operation. They were developed after a year of consultation with an advisory group.

Marijuana farmer Crystal Oliver says the fees would range annually from $528 for small-scale indoor grows to nearly $5,000 for some large-scale outdoor operations.

Marijuana businesses worry the regulations and associated fees could continue to smother the young industry.