New figures from the U-S Department of Agriculture show production costs for Wisconsin farmers remained steady in 2016.
The average Wisconsin farm spent nearly 159-thousand dollars on feed, labor, machinery, fuel and other items last year. That's just a fraction of one percent more than in 2015. University of Wisconsin-Extension farm management specialist Kevin Bernhardt tells Wisconsin Public Radio expenses have remained low over the last few years due to falling oil prices. Bernhardt says farmers are likely to see a small increase in production expenses this year, as grain and dairy prices start to improve.