The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Harvest Emergency declaration.

“Illinois Farm Bureau thanks Governor Rauner for making this declaration.

“The 2017 harvest is taking longer than usual. Erratic weather is a contributing factor. Further, for the fourth straight year, farm income is expected to be near or below break-even.

“Permitting farmers and truck drivers to haul larger than usual loads of grain will speed the process in getting harvested crops from field to grain elevator to final destination. We encourage farmers to apply for all necessary permits and to check with local road authorities to understand their policies for harvest emergency permits.

“With this declaration, the governor has shown that he understands the importance of a successful, timely harvest to both farmers and the rural economy.â€