Category Archives: River Transportation

FARMING FOR DUMMIES: COVER CROPS

Near the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico, there is an area the size of Connecticut that is completely void of any life. This area, which is known as the Gulf’s “dead zone,” is created by a number … Continue reading

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FRIDAY FARM PHOTO: THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Farmers rely on the Mississippi River and international trade to feed their families! In this photo, farmers investigated the process of loading and unloading payloads between barge towboats and huge international ships on the Mississippi River.

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IT PAYS TO BE ON SANTA’S NICE LIST!

Last night, the Senate voted 76-16 to pass HR5571, tax extenders legislation. This allows farmers to write off capital expenditures in the year that the purchases are made rather than depreciate them overtime. Also included was the long-awaited 9 cent … Continue reading

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PLEASE SANTA, GIVE US LOCKS AND DAMS

It’s become an annual tradition, and here it is again.  IL Corn is asking Santa for only a couple of things this year, but they are biggies! 1. THE MEANS TO BUILD EXPANDED AND UPGRADED LOCKS AND DAMS This one … Continue reading

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CORPS CLOSES THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER

2014 is turning out to be a record corn harvest year.  Farmers in Illinois are forecast to harvest an average of almost 200 bushels per acre – when the 2013 average was only 178 bushels per acre. You might also … Continue reading

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ILLINOIS LOCKS AND DAMS ARE FALLING APART WHEN TOUCHED! OUCH!

Here’s where some of our staff were this week – showing staffers of the Illinois Congressional Delegation how our locks and dams are literally falling apart to the touch!  Hopefully this will help Congress understand why we desperately need funding to … Continue reading

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CONGRESS AGREES LOCKS AND DAMS ARE IMPORTANT, BUT NOW WHAT?

Over the years, we’ve updated you quite a bit on IL Corn’s quest to update the locks and dams on the Mississippi, Illinois, and Ohio Rivers. IL CORN’S CHRISTMAS LIST: WE NEED LOCKS AND DAMS WHY ARE THERE STILL NO … Continue reading

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