Governors: “America’s Farmers Help Meet Our Energy Needs”

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon recently submitted a letter to the editor of the New York Times to refute the flawed World Resources Institute report with data and real-world experience.
Governors Terry Branstad (left) and Jay Nixon (right)

 “As governors of two states at the forefront of the nation’s bioeconomy, we have witnessed firsthand the sustainable development of robust and dynamic bioenergy industries,” the governors wrote.

“We see every day the many benefits that stem from bioenergy production — reduced dependence on overseas oil, increased economic activity and investment, new market opportunities for agriculture and forestry, family income growth in rural America, consumer choice at the fuel pump, and cleaner air and water. The experience of our states has shown not only that bioenergy and food production can efficiently coexist, but also that they can thrive together in a sustainable way.”

The governors added, “The past decade has been the most profitable time in the history of American agriculture, partly because of the emergence of a vibrant bioenergy industry. Improved profitability allowed farmers to reinvest in new technologies and equipment that further enhanced productivity and efficiency.

“We recognize the need for future technological advancements and are optimistic that recent high-tech innovations in precision agriculture will continue to meet the future food and energy demands of a growing world population.”  The governors concluded, “Our agricultural system can — and will — continue to meet those demands in a way that is environmentally sustainable, socially responsible and economically efficient.”

Currently, Gov. Branstad serves as Chairman and Gov. Nixon serves as Vice Chairman of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition.

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