Mississippi River

Harvest Public Media
7:50 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Farmers Hope For River System Improvements

When fully loaded, the Crimson Glory barge carries 1,400-2,200 tons of cargo.
Rich Egger Harvest Public Media

Farmers and ag groups in the Midwest say the U.S. river system needs an upgrade, and they’re hopeful it will come with proposed improvements in legislation recently passed by Congress.  

The nation’s rivers are essential for moving agricultural products to market.

“It’s our third coast, if you will,” said Jim Tarmann, field services director with the Illinois Corn Growers Association. “Over 60 percent of our grain exports move via the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. That’s how things get to our world markets.”

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Harvest Public Media
11:31 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Low Mississippi River Levels Could Leave Farmers In Fertilizer Crunch

A backhoe places a cover on a barge near Cape Girardeau, Mo. The backhoe had just finished removing fertilizer that was shipped up the river from New Orleans.
Jacob McCleland Harvest Public Media

Southbound barges on the Mississippi River carry grain destined for world markets.

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Business & Tech
10:26 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Mississippi River Businesses Ask For Emergency Declaration

Mississippi River barge.
The Confluence Flickr

As Mississippi River levels continue to drop, leaders from the river navigation industry sent a letter to President Obama asking for an emergency declaration. 

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Business & Tech
9:37 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Low Water Flow Causes Freight Problems On The Mississippi River

Mississippi River barge.
The Confluence Flickr

The Army Corps of Engineers began shutting down flow from a South Dakota reservoir which feeds into Mississippi River, just north of St. Louis.

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