Indiana eyes Lawrenceburg/Aurora for potential fourth port

The Ports of Indiana is considering adding a fourth port in southeast Indiana along the Ohio River.

Ed Ebert with the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council says it will make Indiana farmers more competitive.

“The ability to have this additional export facility allows for Indiana farmers to compete on a global basis and not just strictly in a domestic market,” he says.

He tells Brownfield an additional port would be good for Indiana agriculture.

“The way that you end up clearing stock which then allows for commodity price movement to favor farmers is to be able to export those grains to a growing global demand,” he says.

Indiana currently has three ports in Jeffersonville, Mount Vernon, and Burns Harbor/Portage. The state has not opened a new port since 1985.

The Ports of Indiana has agreed to purchase more than 700 acres in Lawrenceburg and Aurora to be considered for the fourth port site.

They will study the environmental and economic viability of the land on the Ohio River about one mile southwest of downtown Lawrenceburg. If it works, they will purchase the site by Dec. 2018 for $8 million.

Governor Eric Holcomb made the announcement last week. The land is the site of a former American Electric Power plant and the agreement is with Tanners Creek Development LLC.

The ports operate about 2,800 acres along inland waterways and contributed more than $7.8 billion per year to the state economy and about 60,000 jobs.

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Audio: Ed Ebert, Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council

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