Fifth-Generation Iowa Farmer Expresses Support for Carbon Pipelines

J.D. Myers, a fifth-generation farmer in Humboldt County, Iowa, recently took to the pages of The Messenger to express his strong support for carbon capture and sequestration projects.

“The corn I raise is delivered to Gold Eagle Coop and is manufactured into livestock feed or ethanol, and the beans are manufactured into oil and meal. For more than 20 years, I have also worked off farm in the livestock industry. I understood that the grain I raised needed to be used locally to keep the basis strong and demand high. When the ethanol boom took off in the early 2000s, I was a supporter of this transition for some of those same reasons. Both the livestock and ethanol production in our area have allowed us to consistently enjoy profits over the last 20 years,” he wrote.

“I believe we are at an exciting time in farming and the economics supporting the pipeline are the same that are growing the soybean crush plant expansion in the Midwest, and are driving the methane capture projects at livestock facilities. We need to position ourselves to be the fuel source the customers around the world want. These projects can do that and will benefit the sixth generation that will grow a crop on my family’s ground,” he concluded.

You can read the full letter to the editor here.