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Unformatted text preview: a month. The combined cost of rehabilitation and maintenance on the study’s six focus locks totals $4 billion, b ut only $1.8 billion has been appropriated for the projects, according to the study. In the current budget environment, funding for large, multi -year infrastructure projects can be hard to come by. “Delays and budget overruns have become so severe that the y are causing other projects to lose funding or be delayed by a number of years,” the study said, citing the Olmsted Locks and Dam project. The Olmsted Locks and Dam project on the Ohio River was first authorized by Congress in 1988 and has seen its estimated completion slip to 2014 and its cost balloon. “The GO (United Soybean Board’s and the soybean checkoff’s Global Opportunity) committee invested in this study to calculate the impact of the worsening condition of the lock and dam system and what the impact would be on the rail and highway System if those locks failed,” said GO committee chair Laura Foell, soybean farmer from Schaller, Iowa, in a news release. “It is important for all in the industry and in the public sector to have the information necess ary to make informed decisions when it comes to investing in our locks and dams.” The models used in the study also indicated that by 2050, tonnage of crops shipped by truck and rail will increase by 5.5 million and 9.6 million tons, respectively. Tonnage transported by barge is projected to drop by nearly 15 million tons, reflecting a lack of investment in waterways. “It is important that we have a robust transportation system,” Foell said. “Only by using a combination of the lock and dam system, rail system and truck system can we continue to move our products in a manner that will help us feed the world.” 6|Page Inland Waterways Affirmative BDL 1AC – 4/6 This would be devastating for US farmers and our ability to feed the world United Soybean Board 2012 (, 1/26, “U.S. Farmers and Consumers Could Pay if River Locks Fail”) Up to 89 percent of U.S. soybeans exported through the lower Mississippi ports , such as the port of New Orleans, arrive there via the locks along the Mississippi River and other U.S. inland waterways. With numbers like this, it’s apparent that these waterways and the locks moving barges through them remain vital to move U.S. soybeans and soy products. A United Soybean Board (USB) Global Opportunities (GO) program -funded study found that deteriorating concrete and failing electrical and mechanical systems of major U.S. locks and dams could cause failures and “…severe economic distress” for U.S. farmers and consumers. “U.S. farmers should begin to understand that we can produce all of the commodities that we want, but unless we have the infrastructure to ship those products to their final destination, we will not be successful in feeding our country and the world,” says Laura Foell, soybean farmer from Sc...
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