At this point, I sound like a broken record. (And if you’re tired of hearing me talk about locks and dams, be glad you don’t know Jim Tarmann – an IL Corn staffer who has been working on this issue for 20ish years!)
Illinois farmers need updated locks and dams if the U.S. wants us to remain globally competitive. There’s no ifs, ands, or buts about it.
WE NEED LOCKS AND DAMS!
We’re getting closer. Congress has changed some funding equations and the industry (all the users of the river system) agreed to pay more in order to generate income to improve locks and dams. This means that we’re closer than we’ve ever been and that’s exciting.
But we’re really REALLY hoping that Santa will whisper in the ears of the powers that be and include lock and dam construction in the potential transportation and infrastructure spending we keep hearing about in the new year. This could be such a huge gain for IL agriculture!!
Don’t forget, the locks and dams we’re using now were built in Mark Twain’s era for steamboats!! At that time, we weren’t even dreaming about huge tows of grain headed to a global market!!
You might also enjoy this short video clip.
Please Santa! Let’s start on a new lock in 2017!