Representative Soliday Receives ‘Friend of Farmers’ Award
Indiana Corn Growers Association and Indiana Soybean Alliance Membership and Policy Committee select Soliday for infrastructure work
INDIANAPOLIS, July 31, 2017 — Members of the Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) and Indiana Corn Growers Association (ICGA) awarded Indiana State Representative Ed Soliday with the organizations’ second-ever ‘Friend of Farmers’ award for his diligent support of Indiana’s infrastructure enhancement policy.
Soliday received the award during the Indiana Ag Policy Summit hosted by the ICGA and ISA Membership and Policy Committee at the Biltwell Event Center in Indianapolis on Wednesday, July 26.
The Friend of Farmers award was established by the ICGA board of directors and ISA Membership and Policy Committee to recognize public officials at the local, state or federal level who advocate for agriculture.
“Recipients of this award must truly be an exemplary advocate,” Kendell Culp, ISA Membership and Policy Committee member, noted. “And, Representative Soliday was a champion of the transportation funding issue, not only during this session, but prior. We sincerely appreciate his support on our priority issue, but also the research he was willing to do to make sure the plan was sustainable and good for both his rural and urban constituents. While his aviation background may not be directly tied to agriculture, he understands commerce and the economic development that it leads to. He deserved this recognition and we are greatly appreciative of his support.”
Soliday has been a strong advocate for improving Indiana infrastructure, helping to bridge rural and urban needs. As early as 2012, Soliday has been using data and research generated through ISA- and Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC)-funded partnerships with Purdue University and Indiana University to further define and appropriately address infrastructure needs across rural Indiana.
“You don’t get awards like this all by yourself,” Soliday remarked upon receiving the award. “We knew there was an infrastructure problem, but we didn’t know enough. We didn’t have the data. That’s when the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council worked with Purdue to get the data needed to understand our rural roads. I believe you have to define the problem, gather the information, make a plan and then implement the plan. That’s what we did this year, and we’ve been working at it since 2012.”
The ISA and ICMC have been investing farmer-funded checkoff dollars in road and bridge research since 2009. Indiana’s corn and soybean farmers depend on the state’s infrastructure to get their crop into the field and their grain from field to market. Researching requirements to properly maintain and improve rural infrastructure and finding ways to accurately use the state’s resources has been a longstanding priority for the checkoff organizations.
“Our dedication to supporting the things that support our corn and soybean farmers comes directly as priorities chosen by our board of directors. Well-maintained roads and bridges make sure our farmers stay competitive and can move their products to market – whether that’s to a livestock farm, a fuel processing plant or for transport to an export market – we need to keep the product moving,” commented Jane Ade-Stevens, CEO, ISA, ICMC and ICGA. “Agriculture is a strong economic driver for Indiana, and we thank Representative Soliday for helping to advocate for the tools our corn and soybean farmers need to continue that tradition.”
ISA and ICGA represent the interests of Indiana corn and soybean farmers on local, state, and federal policy. Learn more about the organizations or become a dues-paying member by visiting www.indianasoybean.com or www.incorn.org/icga.
About Indiana Corn Growers Association: The ICGA board, which works with the state and federal governments to develop and promote sound policies that benefit Indiana corn farmers, consists of 9 farmer-directors who provide leadership to the organization on behalf of the nearly 600 ICGA members statewide. Learn more at www.incorn.org/icga.
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. 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. For more information, visit www.indianasoybean.com.
The Indiana Soybean Alliance Membership and Policy Committee as well as the Indiana Corn Growers Association are funded through direct contributions and are not associated with, or funded by, checkoff dollars.