GREELEY, Colo. — On September 28 & 29, NCGA staff (Sarah McKay, Sarah Henry, Julie Busse, and Michael Granche) travelled throughout the Rock Island District to visit four different locks and dams as part of a collaborative video project with the Army Corps of Engineers. NCGA Staff were joined by Jim Tarmann (IL Corn Staff), Terry Smith (IL Corn Grower), Bill Leigh (IL Corn Grower), Troy and Kristen Schnieder (CO Corn), as well as Tracy Zea (CEO, WCI). The group gathered valuable B-roll of the infrastructure renovations as well as interviews highlighting the value of our Nation’s inland navigable waterways. This project was co-funded by MDAT and RMTAT.
Troy Schneider from Colorado Corn attended the tour. “I was overwhelmed by the scope of this project to start July 1, shut the river traffic down and to have it opened back up by late Oct. The amount of traffic and volume of goods that travels this system speaks for itself. At the LaGrange Lock, the grain elevator up river from the lock vs the grain elevator down river normally has a 1 or two cents wider basis, now it’s 50 cents. I believe that growers in Illinois appreciate the fact that this is the second year in a row that someone from Colorado has taking the time to better understand the needs of the river system.”
— Colorado Corn
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