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Category Archives: River Transportation
The Illinois Corn Growers Association returned from Washington, DC late last night with a bucketful of stories, opinions, and tactics to make a difference in federal policy during the 113th session of Congress. Overall, there was a lot of negativity on … Continue reading
The aging infrastructure on American rivers is a BIG priority for IL Corn and has been for many years. Tons of Americans turn on the lights or fill up their gas tank without ever thinking about how those inputs arrived … Continue reading
It’s a new year and IL Corn has New Year’s Resolutions too! In 2013, we hope to: Pass a workable Farm Bill Defend the Renewable Fuel Standard Secure funding to upgrade locks and dams on the Mississippi River Reintroduce ourselves … Continue reading
The drought of 2012 might seem to be over, but take a closer look. The sub-soil moisture is still drastically low in many areas. Also, the Mississippi River is illustrating what a lack of rain can do. The River is … Continue reading
For many, the drought of 2012 is already a distant memory. If you don’t make a living trying to grow crops or in an industry that pulls water from diminishing rivers and lakes, you probably haven’t given it a second … Continue reading
Did you see this video of a lock wall in Lockport, IL collapsing due only to its own deterioration? When concrete walls spontaneously fall, when our economy is built on those same concrete walls helping us transport goods to market, … Continue reading
Illinois Corn brought leadership of the US Grains Council out to Lock 15 on the Mississippi River to see the deteriorated state of our river infrastructure. Our take home message was that it is counterproductive to work on eliminating trade … Continue reading
The Illinois Corn Growers Association’s farmer leaders were in Washington, D.C. this week for our yearly lobbying visit. Priorities for the four days were preserving the integrity of the Renewable Fuels Standard, negotiating an effective farm bill, and encouraging Congress … Continue reading
Export is the number one market for Illinois corn. This means that Illinois corn farmers have a significant investment in making sure that our river system – the one that transports our goods to the world marketplace – is in … Continue reading
Illinois has a unique position on the Illinois, Mississippi and Ohio Rivers that gives it a comparative advantage when it comes to exporting goods. In fact, while the largest market for corn nationally is livestock feed, followed very closely by … Continue reading