Agri View: Farm-to-Market Roads

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Everett Griner talks about Farm-to-Market roads needing repair in today’s Agri View.

Farm-to-Market Roads

Now, if you travel you know that our interstate highway system faces a serious and growing problem. The entire system is in great need of repair. What you may not know if that our Farm-to-Market road system is in just as much need as the interstate system. Maybe even more. The Farm-to-Market road system began back in the 1950’s. Practically every state has its own program to provide farmers with good roads and safe bridges to get their crops to market. It took a lot of money and a lot of effort, but it worked. Well now those good roads and safe bridges are wearing out. They all need costly attention. Just like the interstate system, it is going to be tough to find the necessary funds to do it. And those Farm-to-Market roads are just a vital now as they were when they were built. If you don’t believe it, ask any farmer.

That’s Agri View for today. I’m Everett Griner.


Farm-to-Market Road

In the United States, a farm-to-market road or ranch-to-market road is a state road or county road that connects rural or agricultural areas to market towns. These are better quality roads, usually a highway, that farmers and ranchers use to transport products to market towns or distribution centers. Specifically, in the state of Texas, the terms Farm to Market Road and Ranch to Market Road indicate roadways that are part of the state’s system of secondary and connecting routes, built and maintained by the Texas Department of Transportation. Texas established this system in 1949 to provide access to rural areas. The system consists primarily of paved, two-lane roads.

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