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Inland waterways play a vital role to agriculture

The director of the Port of Indiana in Jeffersonville says agriculture plays a fundamental role in the port’s daily activities.

Scott Stewart says it is a connection to the world for outbound grain and inbound fertilizer and it is important for farmers to see first-hand the value of water transportation.

“When you think about Jeffersonville and the Louisville area broadly, it’s an extraordinary opportunity for farmers in our state to take advantage of markets near and far,” he said.

Audio: Scott Stewart, Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville

He tells Brownfield although many people think of Indiana as the crossroads of America in relation to interstate highways, it is actually a maritime state with 57 percent of its borders made up of water stretching from the Ohio River to Lake Michigan.

There are three ports in Indiana located in Jeffersonville, Mount Vernon, and Burns Harbor.

Stewart spoke to Brownfield on the Ohio River Lock and Dam tour.

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