IL Corn Celebrates Lock 25 Groundbreaking

May 22, 2023

By Lindsay Mitchell

The important advancement would not be happening without the partnership of the Waterways Council, Inc, as well as the important coalition members who have joined corn farmers in pursuit of upgraded river infrastructure along the way. Many thanks to the MidAmerica Carpenters Regional Council for their tireless advocacy for the jobs this project will provide as well as the conservation groups that joined our voices asking for environmental restoration to accompany this project.


“Finally getting to this point is cause for celebration,” said Matt Rush, President of the IL Corn Growers Association and farmer from Fairfield, IL. “I am speaking for all corn farmers today – corn farmers that attended barge tours, corn farmers that called their elected officials on this issue, corn farmers that walked the halls of Congress with their association to ask for new locks and dams – when I say how excited we are to see this progress.”

Illinois is the largest corn exporting state in the nation, and those significant international sales are built on the network of our river system. River transportation provides the lowest cost, greenest, most efficient means to transport corn from Illinois to our global customers, but the locks and dams that empower our industry are broken. Today’s groundbreaking ceremony celebrates one more small step towards the updated infrastructure that will make farmers competitive in the global market.

Special thanks to the Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, and Grain and Feed Association of Illinois for their advocacy partnership on this river infrastructure need.

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