U.S. soybean farmers are asking the federal government to maintain and improve inland waterways. Soy Transportation Coalition Executive Director Mike Steenhoek says the lower Mississippi is the focus. “China is willing to take steps to invest in channel deepening in Argentina. Is the U.S. government willing to invest in channel deepening in the U.S.? There’s not a lot we can do about what happens in other countries, but there’s a whole lot we can do about what happens here.” Steenhoek says maintaining and deepening river channels is the goal. “When you have deeper shipping channels, you can load ships heavier, attracting larger ships. What that essentially does is remove cents off the per bushel delivered price to a customer.”
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