AgRowers Take to the River

In State Groups, Transportation by Cindy

Missouri corn and soybean growers were rowers last week in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of river transportation for agriculture. The Missouri Corn and Soybean Rowers, also known as the Ag Rowers, spent nearly 77 hours last week paddling their tandem kayak across the state from Kansas City to St. Charles in the Missouri American Water 340 …

WRRDA Flows Out of Conference

In Audio, government, Transportation by Cindy

The long-awaited Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) conference report was released by House and Senate negotiators on Thursday, to the great relief of agricultural interests and others who wondered if they would ever see the day. Conference committee member Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL) is pleased with the final outcome. “The conference report I believe is a well balanced …

WRRDA Bills Flows Out of House Committee

In Audio, government, Transportation by Cindy

The House Transportation Committee made a long-awaited move Wednesday and introduced a water resources development bill that adds an extra R to WRDA and provides some hope that improvements will finally be made to outdated locks and dams on waterways that move crops to export markets. According to the committee, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (WRRDA) …

A Few Words from the Chairman

In Audio, Farm Bill, Farming, Transportation by Cindy

There was lots of activity of interest to corn farmers last week – both on The Hill and in the field. I caught up with National Corn Growers Association Chairman Garry Niemeyer of Auburn, Illinois on Friday as he was busy playing catch up on planting progress. “We are probably about a fourth done with planting corn,” Garry said. “We …

This Summer Discover Ethanol

In E85, Ethanol, General, Transportation by Mark

We are officially in the dog days of summer and as such many people are vacationing and that often means lots of driving and time with family. With all the exposure to gas stations you may have noticed the word ethanol on pumps. It is pretty much everywhere these days as a 10% blend in gasoline and it is increasingly …

Oil Spill Could Slow Corn Exports

In Transportation by Cindy

As the battle to contain the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are now likely to stretch into the fall, concerns are being raised that the situation could delay grain exports, according to Iowa State University grain markets specialist Chad Hart. “If the oil slick got into what is called the Southwest Passage – which is a canal that …

Time for Everyone to Become River Advocates

In Exports, General, Trade, Transportation by Mark

 Our extensive water transportation system in the United States may very well be one of our greatest national economic and strategic assets. It is definitely our most unappreciated means of moving goods because the vast majority of the population doesn’t see river transport in action, smell it, or risk getting run over by it.  That’s also the downside. People will …

Corn Growers Comment on WRDA Passage

In Current News, General, Trade, Transportation by Cindy

Congress voted to override the presidential veto of the Water Resources Development Act, or WRDA, because it authorizes funding for water projects from coast to coast, but the centerpiece of repairing locks and dams on the Mississippi River was the main concern for corn growers. “When it comes to this issue, nothing has been easy,” said NCGA President Ron Litterer. …

Senate Vote Coming on WRDA

In Current News, Exports, Transportation by Cindy

The Senate is expected to follow the lead of the House Thursday and override the presidential veto of the Water Resources Development Act, better known as WRDA. The House vote on Tuesday was 361-54 with 18 members absent, well over the two-thirds needed for the override. Late Wednesday, the Senate was debating the measure with most speaking in favor of …