Farm leaders in Illinois have a big item on their wish list for Congress. Don't just pass – but also fund – the Water Resources Development Act. They used the media horde at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur to air their concerns, saying barge transportation on the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers is the most efficient method of transporting what comes out of the ground. Flood protection and lock-and-dam maintenance are among the benefits, according to Illinois Farm Bureau president Philip Nelson.
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“We have engineered the discussion with Congress on a public-private partnership, which we think is critical, to put the onus on government to step to the table to be part of this partnership,” says Nelson. The campaign is called Bring On the Heat, and Nelson noted that if his troops are as effective on Congress as Mother Nature has been on Central Illinois – where temperatures are in the 90s – it will succeed.