(Posted Thu. Nov 15th, 2012)
Nov. 15: As an organization that spearheaded passage of the Water Resources Development Act in 2007, the National Corn Growers Association has long been an advocate of improving and updating the locks and dams along the Upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. NCGA is now supporting a bipartisan congressional effort to help fund projects on the river, the American Waterworks Act.
The importance of the inland waterways to moving corn and other products to markets cannot be overstated, said NCGA Chairman Garry Niemeyer, an Illinois corn farmer long active on waterway issues. Niemeyer was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Waterways Council (WCI), the national public policy organization focused on educating policymakers, the news media and the general public about the critical importance of our Nation’s lock and dam infrastructure.
“I’ve seen first-hand the many challenges confronting our inland waterways, and it’s important for all growers to be actively engaged in efforts to improve our locks and dams,” Niemeyer said. “I’m excited about being selected to the WCI Board and am looking forward to serving on behalf of our corn farmers and help move our antiquated river transportation infrastructure into the 21st Century.”
This week, Niemeyer attended the ninth annual Waterways Symposium in Houston, which addressed the vital impact of the rivers, waterways and ports to the domestic and world economy in terms of exports and jobs.