(Posted Fri. Oct 4th, 2013)

Oct. 4: This week, National Corn Growers Association past president Garry Niemeyer brought a corn farmer’s perspective to the 10th Annual Waterways Symposium and Annual Meeting. The event was organized by the Waterways Journal, Informa Economics and the Waterways Council, the national public policy organization that advocates for a properly funded and well-maintained system of inland waterways and ports.


Niemeyer, who now serves on WCI’s Board of Directors, participated in a series of discussions and sessions designed improve understanding of the issues and opportunities faced by a broad array of groups dependent upon functional inland waterway infrastructure. Topics covered included the future of key legislation, a progress update, analysis of how economic changes could impact transportation, and insight into better communicating the importance of inland waterway infrastructure to the public. Representatives from the state corn associations in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin were also in attendance.


 “For decades, U.S. corn growers have relied on America’s inland waterways as an important part of moving our grain to markets around the world,” Niemeyer said. “By working with WCI, NCGA helps to ensure that American goods can move safely and quickly to their final destination. We need to find ways to convey to a broader audience that using the waterways helps save money and energy and also reduces environmental impacts significantly.”


The Waterways Council educates decision-makers in state and federal governments, the news media and the general public about the critical importance of our nation’s inland waterways and the need to sustain and increase their reliability now and for our future.


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