Traditionally, the U.S. transportation system that has carried soybeans from farm to market has been the best in the world. But maintaining this competitive advantage takes work and investment. Learn more about the second-to-none U.S. transportation system and what needs to be done to keep U.S. soy鈥檚 shipping lanes strong.
Video: Crumbling Locks and Dams Threaten Farmer Profitability
The U.S. transportation system provides a competitive advantage to U.S. soy in the global marketplace, but our infrastructure requires investment for U.S. soy to maintain this advantage.聽Of the modes of transportation, the locks and dams along U.S. inland waterways are most in need of repairs and improvements. Many of the locks and dams were designed nearly a century ago and built to last 50 years.聽In this 10-minute documentary featuring the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, you鈥檒l learn about one lock and dam in critical condition鈥攖he LaGrange Lock & Dam, located on the Illinois River.
America’s Locks and Dams
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. More than half of the structures that are part of the U.S. inland waterway system for river barge shipping exceed their 50-year usable lifespan, according to a soy checkoff-funded report. 聽See what a lock failure could cost you.