INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 27, 2017) – Following the release of a new rural infrastructure study funded by the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council, the two checkoff organizations have launched a joint campaign to share trends, impacts and the need to “UpVest” in Indiana rural roads and bridges.
The new study, researched by the Indiana University Public Policy Institute, addresses the funding needed to repair Indiana’s rural roads to an acceptable level — a need totaling nearly $6.4 billion over the next 20 years. That level of funding is nearly triple the state’s current financial reserves and quadruple the amount of new money legislators injected into road funding during the 2016 General Assembly.
“The new study has helped evaluate the situation so now we know the real cost of fixing the problem,” noted Ed Ebert, Senior Director of Grain Production and Utilization. “And, awareness of the impact crumbling roads and deficient bridges have, not only on our corn and soybean farmers, but also on all rural businesses and residents, should help local communities and state leaders understand the need.”
The Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council’s campaign, “UpVest Indiana” shares the newly released research data and asks farmers and rural citizens to share their stories of how important rural infrastructure is to their future.
“The ISA and ICMC study speaks volumes to farmers and county personnel alike, as it helps identify key improvement areas for rural infrastructure all over the state,” said Terry Hayhurst, a Vigo county farmer. “Indiana needs a long-term, sustainable approach to fix rural routes correctly the first time, one that is a viable solution for continued long-term use of rural roads and bridges by the Indiana agriculture community.”
Since 2009, ISA and ICMC have invested checkoff dollars in research of Indiana’s rural roads and bridges as Indiana’s corn and soybean farmers depend on the infrastructure to get their grain from farm to field and field to market.
To learn more about the “UpVest Indiana” campaign and to share your story, visit www.upvestindiana.com.
About Indiana Corn Marketing Council: The Indiana Corn Marketing Council was established by the Indiana General Assembly to promote the interest of corn growers in the state and manage corn checkoff funds. The Council is composed of 17 voting producer directors and seven appointed industry, and government representatives. For more information, visit www.incorn.org.
About Indiana Soybean Alliance: 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. 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. Visit www.indianasoybean.com for more information.
This communications was funded with Indiana soybean and corn checkoff dollars.