Superior Ag Blog > May 2020 > No to Mid-States Corridor

No to Mid-States Corridor

May 7, 2020


Today, Superior Ag Board of Directors submitted the following statement to the Mid-Sates Regional Development Authority.


May 7, 2020
 
 
 
To Mid-States Regional Development Authority,
 
Superior Ag is a local farmer-owned cooperative, with over 3,000 member-customers throughout Southern Indiana. As the Board of Directors for Superior Ag, we are reaching out to express concerns of the Mid-States Corridor project. Our note is for the planning committee to please reconsider the need for this project to its entirety.
 
Every day, American farmers and agricultural retailers make on-farm conservation decisions that impact almost a billion acres. Even our local farmers utilize the most innovative technology and exercise sustainable and environmentally friendly management practices throughout their operation. It’s our local farmer’s behaviors that safeguard their land to support their livelihood, allowing their farms to pass on to the next generation.
 
Almost 31 million acres of farmland irreversibly was lost in a 20-year span back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. That’s three acres gone every minute. An area the size of Iowa is no longer available to produce food, fiber and biofuel. Land that we are going to need in the future, is gone forever. The United States is blessed with more arable land than any other nation on earth – arguably our greatest resource. Perhaps because of this abundance, we take our land for granted. But that cannot continue, not if we hope to leave our grandchildren a livable planet.

Our community has a code of preserving its historical heritage. But just because land appears to be "open", the farmland is what it is today because of the hardworking and dedicated farmers that have preserved it to its current state.

Farmland grows our food, supports our rural communities and contributes a trillion dollars a year to America’s economy. Well-managed farmland projects wildlife, controls floods, suppresses fires and protects our water and natural resources. It also provides open space for recreation that many Americans cherish. Beyond that, farmland offers a unique tool to combat climate change, a way to sequester carbon through natural means that improves our soil.
 
Please reconsider cutting through scores of rich area farmland, fracturing homes and livelihoods, barging through wetlands, forests and limestone formations across multiple counties throughout Southern Indiana. Our future depends on having enough farmland to both feed us and our entire country. And this requires a holistic vision of the future; one that acknowledges farmland as irreplaceable infrastructure we cannot afford to lose; that sees farming practices that retain topsoil and rebuild soil health as necessary if that land is going to serve us in perpetuity; and that views farmers as stewards of the land, worthy of our fervent support – because, at heart, what farmers do is for all of us.
 
Respectfully,
 
Superior Ag Board of Directors



 
Posted: 5/7/2020 8:42:32 PM by Megan Hasenour | with 0 comments


Comments
Blog post currently doesn't have any comments.

Tags

2018 | adjuvants | aerial application | Aflatoxin | African Swine Fever | African Swine Flu | Ag | Ag practices | Agriculture Health | Agriculture Safety | Agronomy | ammonium | Anhydrous Ammonia Safety | Animals | answer plot | AnswerPlot | Ascend | Biosecurity Program | BOAH | Boron | calf | calf cold stress | calf energy | calf jackets | Cattle Mineral | Child Ag Safety | Children on Farms | Children's Miracle Network | China | china buys soybeans | Christmas | cold conditions | cold stress | commodity | Companion | Control | corn | corn hybrid | corn seed | CountryMark | Cover Crop | critical temperatures | crop | crop data | Day | Delivering for a Cure | Delivering for the Future | diesel | DON | dry bedding | Easter | End Hunger | fall burndown | Fall Conservation Practices | Fall Cover Crop | fall crops | Family | Farm | Farm Safety | Farm to Food Court | Farm to Fork | Farmer Health | Feed | Feeding the World | field day | Fight Hunger | Fly | Food Safety Process | fueling freedom | Fumonisin | fungicide | grain | grain contract | grain market | grain marketing | grain markets | Grain Prices | grain storage | harvest | Health & Safe Feed | Health & Safe Food | healthy | herbicide | Hog | Hog Farmers | holiday | Hoverfly | Imports | Indiana | Indiana Board of Health | infurrow | in-furrow | inoculants | IU Food Court | Knowledge | knowledge day | KY | Lebanon | Livestock | Livestock Nutrition | Livestock Safety | living | lp gas | Manganese | Manure Gas | MasterLock | MaxIn | Max-IN | michael swansn | micronutrient | mother | National Farm Safety Week | national guard | New | NFSHW | nitrate | nitrogen | nitrogen management | nitrogen stabilizer | Norton Children's Hospital | nutrients | NutriSolutions | Nutrition | plant growth regulator | Plant Health | plant health products | plant nutrition | Planting | PogoStick | pop-up | Pork industry | PPE | Precision | propane | propane crisis | propane shortage | propane supply | propane surplus | Purina Mineral | R7 Tool | Research | Resolution | Resolutions | roadway safety | ROI | Row Starter | Rubisco | Sampling | Seed Corn | share the road | SMV | Social initiatives | social responsibility | soil | soybean | soybean seed | Soybeans | spring planting | spring planting 2019 | stabilizer | Store | Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation | Swine industry | SynEnergy | tariffs | tarrifs | Technology | Testing | The Answer Plot | The Secure Pork Supply Plan | Tissue | tissue sampling | tissue test | tractor safety | trade deals | trade war | Trees | U.S. exports | US Ag Centers | USDA Report | variable rate | vision site | WASDE | weed management | winter | winter fuel | winter operability | women | Year's | Youth Safety | Zinc