Dan Kelley grows corn and soybeans on 3,400 acres near Normal, Illinois, with his two brothers, son and nephew. As a Farm Credit customer-owner, he also serves on the CoBank Board of Directors.
Like most American farmers, they operate very efficiently. Improvements in technology and crop science allow the Kelleys to use fewer inputs than the previous generation to produce record amounts of food, while still engaging in rigorous conservation efforts.That efficiency is the competitive advantage our farmers have. It is how Dan competes in an increasingly complicated global marketplace. And, Dan is constantly looking for more innovative efforts to improve his operation.
That efficiency cannot stop at the farm gate.
Our country’s deteriorating rural infrastructure poses significant challenges to Dan and agriculture in general. Ensuring America's farmers continue to be the most productive in the world requires investment in all aspects of rural infrastructure. From roads and bridges, to broadband internet, to affordable electricity and available rural health care -- all play a role in keeping our producers, and the rural communities they call home, strong.