Agriculture groups, business urge Congress to act on WRDA
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[August 29, 2013]
BLOOMINGTON -- Illinois Farm
Bureau, in conjunction with the American Farm Bureau Federation, ADM,
Illinois Corn Growers and Carpenters' District Council of Greater
St. Louis, held a press conference Tuesday urging Congress to act on
and appropriate funding for the Water Resources Development Act.
The legislation would authorize new projects for flood protection,
port improvements and upgrades to the nation's locks and dams
infrastructure. Additionally, it would improve U.S. transportation
capacity, relieve growing congestion on U.S. highways and foster a
more competitive transportation environment.
In addition to
legislation being passed, appropriations must also be allocated to
fund the bill. WRDA legislation has been approved previously, but no
appropriations have been allocated to fund the projects.
"The Farm Progress Show is traditionally a display of progress
and technology in farming and agriculture. Still, with all of this
growth, technology and advancement, farmers, business and industry
are stuck working with a river system that hasn't been updated since
the Depression," said Philip Nelson, Illinois Farm Bureau president.
"It's time for Congress to act on this
important legislation," Nelson said. "Just like interstate highways
or railways, America's river system is extremely important in moving
commerce, both within the country and to other countries around the
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Others who spoke to the media were Royce Wilken, president of
American River Transportation Co., a subsidiary of ADM; Paul Taylor,
president of Illinois Corn Growers; and Dale Roth, business
representative for Carpenters' District Council of St. Louis.
[Text from file received from
Illinois Farm Bureau]
The Illinois Farm Bureau is a member
of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national organization
of farmers and ranchers. Founded in 1916, IFB is a nonprofit,
membership organization directed by farmers who join through
their county Farm Bureau. IFB has a total membership of more
than 400,000, a voting membership of more than 82,000 and
represents 3 out of 4 Illinois farmers.