Federal authorities say Nebraska's farmers and ranchers spent a total of nearly $16 billion for production last year - 4 percent more than in 2009.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says livestock expenses hit $3.7 billion, an increase of 17 percent from 2009. Rent expenses rose to $1.93 billion, 14 percent higher than in 2009.
The USDA says the expense categories with the highest increases were: other farm machinery, 23 percent higher than in 2009; and tractors and self-propelled machinery, 21 percent higher.
The USDA says the results are based on data from Nebraska
farmers and ranchers to took part in the USDA's Agricultural Resource Management Study.