Indiana Farmers Call for Investment in Rural Roads and Bridges
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 14, 2015) – Indiana Corn Growers Association and Indiana Soybean Alliance farmer leaders released this statement following Governor Pence’s transportation funding announcement Tuesday.
“Transportation is vital to corn and soybean farmers in Indiana. Moving the crops, livestock, biofuels and food products from the farm to the consumer requires significant travel on local and state roads and bridges. While we applaud Governor Pence’s decision to invest in the infrastructure of our state, we encourage him to emphasize the importance of increased investment in local roads and bridges,” said ICGA President Herb Ringel.
ISA President David Lowe added, “Nearly a quarter of the bridges in our state are in need of repair and thousands of miles of rural roads are not being maintained. Indiana agriculture accounts for $44 billion of the state economy, and we encourage Governor Pence and the members of the General Assembly to make rural transportation funding a priority in 2016 and in subsequent years.”
Transportation infrastructure is a priority for the state’s corn and soybean organizations. Indiana corn and soybean farmers are investing checkoff dollars to help rural communities more accurately diagnose the structural capacity and weight limitations of their bridges. Learn more at http://bit.ly/1Mzozxj.
The Indiana Soybean Alliance works to enhance the viability of Indiana soybean farmers through the effective and efficient investment of soybean checkoff funds and the development of sound policies that protect and promote the interest of Indiana soybean farmers. The ISA is working to build new markets for soybeans through the promotion of biodiesel, livestock, international marketing, new soybean uses, aquaculture, and research. ISA is led by an elected farmer board that directs investments of the soybean checkoff funds on behalf of more than 28,000 Indiana soybean farmers and promotes policies on behalf of the ISA’s 950 dues-paying members.
The ICGA board, which works with the state and federal governments to develop and promote sound policies that benefit Indiana corn farmers, consists of 15 farmer-directors who provide leadership to the organization on behalf of the nearly 600 ICGA members statewide.
This communications was NOT funded with Indiana soybean or corn checkoff dollars.