NCGA: Upgrading Miss. River Locks Should Be Priority

October 28, 2016 03:35 PM

The National Corn Growers Association is saying decaying river infrastructure is becoming a major concern for corn farmers.

This comes after the Mid-America Freight Coalition released a study discovering lock failures would cost billions of dollars in lost jobs and economic activity.

According to the USDA, an interruption at lock and dam 25 on the upper Mississippi River would result in a loss of more than 7,000 jobs, $1.3 billion of labor income, and $2.4 billion worth of economic activity annually.

NCGA says upgrading needs to be a priority for Congress.

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