Public-private partnerships key to infrastructure upgrades

The continued deterioration of our nation’s lock and dam system is of great concern to the agriculture industry.  Because transportation is vitally important to Illinois agriculture – the Illinois Soybean Association is investing dollars to research the issues. 

ISA Marketing Committee Chairman Ron Kindred says transportation problems earlier this year opened the eyes to those outside of agriculture.  “Fortunately or unfortunately the drought we had this past year did bring awareness to the importance of our waterways system here in Illinois,” he says.  “I think it did get the attention of some of the legislators out in Washington, DC.”

Kindred tells Brownfield farmers are working to improve productivity to meet increased demand – but with a crumbling infrastructure – there is increased concern on how to get commodities from point A to point B. 

For that reason – ISA is working with other groups to find a solution.  “We had someone speak on the different ways we can possibly fund infrastructure in the future,” he says.  “Because what we’ve done in the past is inefficient and isn’t working.”

AUDIO: Ron Kindred, IL Soybean Association (4:30mp3)

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