River investments touted as competitive advantage for US | 1340 KGFW

Expansions to America’s inland water system will continue to give American farmers a competitive advantage in the global marketplace.

Lock and Dam 25 on the Mississippi River, just north of St. Louis, is one of seven U.S. locks that will be expanded in the coming years. Stan Born, an Illinois farmer and board member of the U.S. Soybean Export Council, says this is necessary as competition catches up.

“Historically, we have had a competitive advantage because of the reliability and timeliness of our waterways.” He says: “I recently returned from a trip to Brazil and saw first-hand the investments being made to close this gap.”

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says competition from Brazil has had an impact on the U.S. agricultural economy.