Scott Gryder Supports Illinois Agriculture in Celebration of National Agriculture Day
Ad Calls for Change and New Ideas to End Growing Economic Concerns
In recognition of National Agriculture Week, Kendall County Board Chairman, Scott Gryder released the following statement and issue-ad to celebrate the abundance provided by American agriculture and highlight the challenges farmers face under the policies of President Joe Biden and Representative Lauren Underwood.
“Today is National Agriculture Day. I want to share my support for this vital sector of our economy that has made great strides through innovation and prudent policy, helping our farmers lead the world in production.
U.S. Farmers produce 40 percent of the world’s corn, using only 20 percent of the total area harvested in the world and today, a farmer grows twice as much food as his parents. In 1960, the average U.S. farmer fed 28 people whereas today 155 people are fed.
Our farmers use less land, energy, water, and release fewer emissions to produce more. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), one acre of corn removes 8 tons of carbon dioxide from the air in a growing season. At 180 bushels per acre, corn produces enough oxygen to supply a year’s needs for 131 people.
Illinois’ 14th is an agriculture district producing vital commodities used for food and industry consumed both at home and shipped worldwide.
According to the most recent figures released by the USDA, in 2021 the seven counties comprising the 14th district produced 168,575,900 bushels of corn, soybeans, oats, and winter wheat, and 56,000 tons of hay, planted on 1,510,300 acres, with a cattle inventory of 46,800.
My abiding appreciation for our agriculture community prompts my growing concern for the wellbeing of our farmers, and the families they support across the globe.
I have heard troubling reports of skyrocketing production costs for farmers in recent weeks. During a national gas price crisis, diesel fuel hovers around $5.00 per gallon. Fertilizer costs have nearly doubled.
With inflation already sitting at 8 percent, these painful spikes – among many others – in the cost of agricultural inputs causes alarm for farmers who are increasingly worried that costs will outweigh profits.
While we must wait to determine the final damage done to our farmers and the agricultural economy, there is no time to wait for solutions.
We need change now. Lauren Underwood continues to follow Joe Biden’s lead without question. Clearly this isn’t working for our agricultural heroes.
In Congress, I will be a champion for the men and women we rely on to put food on our tables and supply resources for countless products we take for granted.
I will work to increase American energy production to reduce the price of fuel. I will work to bring order to trade so our farmers can purchase and sell freely. I will help end the Biden and Underwood’s reckless fiscal policies causing our cost-of-living to verge on the precipice of spiraling out of control.”
Gryder is seeking the Republican nomination in the upcoming primary to challenge Lauren Underwood for the future of Illinois’ 14th Congressional District.
To learn more about Scott Gryder’s campaign for the future of our farming economy, please visit: www.scottgryder.com.