Agribusiness Industry Welcomes Trump’s Focus on American Waterways

President Trump’s initiative to highlight America’s crumbling infrastructure this week has reminded the agribusiness sector on the importance of water for farmers. Not the water to grow the produce, but the water used to move crops to the world’s export market.

 

  1. S. farmers and agribusiness sector depend heavily on an aging river system to move grains and produce to the global export market. The nation’s river ways have not seen structural changes or updates to their lock and dam systems in over 50 years.

 

Agribusiness grain exports such as Cargill, Inc. and Archer Daniel Midland have experienced frequent breakdowns and idled boat crews which add to the transportations cost, reports the Wall Street Journal.

 

The Trump Administration is proposing to help finance $1 trillion in infrastructure projects for the nation’s airports, seaports, and bridges. American farmers are hoping some of this proposed spending will fix the 242 locks and dams along America’s rivers.

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the federal agency charged with maintaining American riverways. The agency released its proposed 2018 fiscal year budget which includes $2.098 billion for “the study, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of inland and coastal navigation projects. Small ports and riverways with the most active commercial traffic are a priority in the proposed budget.

 

The Waterways Council, Inc., which has been advocating for infrastructure spending on inland waterways, has estimated that $8.7 billion is needed immediately to begin to address the poorly maintained lock and dam system.

 

“Our majestic waterways deliver grain, construction material, and energy products,” states the WCI. “They power commerce, provide jobs, and are a farmer’s lifeline.”

 

Sad News Be Gone: 6,000 Pigs Rescued In China

Sad news is a bummer, but it’s awesome when sad news becomes good news and we can all go home feeling good about ourselves at the end of the day. If you agree with that, here’s a story for you. 6,000 pigs were recently rescued in China after photos of their owners tearfully mourning their impending death after a flood threatened to drown them went viral.

This is a great story, and it’s nice that these kinds of things are still happening in the world. War and political clashes and other really serious things are going on all over the world and that all deserves our serious attention and thoughtful action, but 6,000 pigs being rescued is the short break from all of that everyone could use.

The pigs were rescued by an organization that manages an agricultural business elsewhere in China, and though it is likely they were sent to be made into product for consumption, the farmers who raised the pigs are happy they didn’t die in the flood. These farmers were also able to recover some of the cost of the 6,000 pigs and damages for rebuilding their farm.

Pigs are such a cute, fat, pink part of any good farm, so it’s great news for an otherwise gloomy day in journalism that these cute little guys were able to be transported to a safer home elsewhere.