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Farming expenditures rose in 2008

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It cost more to farm in Wisconsin last year.

The 2008 Farm Production Expenditures report from the National Ag Statistics Service says the average Wisconsin farm spent $120,513 last year compared to $106,410 in 2007.

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The average farm in the Dairy State spent $17,692 on feed, $16,410 on farm services and $12,179 on labor.

The biggest increases were a 38 percent increase in machinery other than tractors and self-propelled machinery, 35 percent more for seeds and plants, 31 percent increase in tractors and self-propelled machinery and a 28 percent increase in farm improvements and construction.

Farmers did spend less on interest, real estate and property taxes, trucks and autos.

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