Locks and Dams
Illinois Corn has been working to upgrade our lock and dam system for years. Not only is a vibrant water transportation system vital for Illinois farmers, but it is key to reducing the carbon footprint of our product and that of so many other goods currently transported into and out of Illinois.
Field Services Director Jim Tarmann provides a brief update on waterway transportation projects that have impacts for agriculture.
Improving the Illinois, Mississippi, and Ohio River system has been an Illinois Corn Growers Association priority for the last fourteen years. Even that long ago, the infrastructure that gives Illinois farmers and other Illinois industry a competitive advantage over other states was becoming dilapidated and worn. The crumbling lock and dam system costs Illinois corn farmers every day in lost efficiency getting their product to the global marketplace. Here are … Read More »
SENATE WRDA BILL ACHIEVES MAJOR ICGA PRIORITIES: · The Senate’s WRDA bill contains a number of critically important provisions related to the modernization of inland waterways lock and dam infrastructure. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of the locks and dams on the nation’s inland waterways system have exceeded their economic design life expectancy. · Of specific interest to inland waterways stakeholders, the final WRDA bill was amended by the managers to include … Read More »
The State of Michigan seeks to force the State of Illinois to take immediate steps to prevent the invasion of Asian Carp into Lake Michigan. One of the steps is to close the O’Brien Lock and the Chicago Lock. Obviously, this would have massive effects for agriculture. The Illinois Chamber of Commerce offered an affidavit on this issue that is very informative. The effects on agriculture listed here are, in … Read More »