GROWMARK Board on Capitol Hill

Cindy Zimmerman

growmark-shimkusGROWMARK board members recently attended the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) annual Washington Conference to learn about important issues affecting the agriculture industry and to meet with Congressional representatives.

“Probably one of the high points is the Hill visits,” said Matt Heitz, a GROWMARK board member from Iowa, in an interview with Cassie Becker, publications and media relations specialist.

“It’s important for us to go out and advocate for our positions,” added Kevin Malchine of Wisconsin. “If we don’t advocate for ourselves, who will?”

Dennis Neuhaus of Illinois, pictured here meeting with Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), says among the concerns they discussed with lawmakers were tax issues, the recently signed WRRDA bill, EPA’s proposed Waters of the United States rule, and GMO labeling.

Listen to Cassie’s interview here: GROWMARK interview at NCFC conference

Audio, GROWMARK

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  1. The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2014 will authorize the establishment of a series of pilot projects to examine the feasibility of public-private partnerships (P3’s) opening up our nations Homeland federal navigational critical infrastructure lock and dams to private or foreign nation companies without restrictions to government quasi-controlled companies, as (China.)

    The (P3’s) pilot projects under WRDA opens the U.S. inland waterway system and the movement of critical commodities as game changing event and rivers with open waterways without any public-private partnerships user fees to transit a lock and dam may now hold the economic and development advantage. Why build or operate a port or industrial plant on a (P3’s) -“fee” based river system if your competitor is using a “free” operating river or waterway with no fees to use?

    How will the movement / tonnage of critical commodities as crude oil, distillates, chemicals, grains, steel, coal, military equipment and industrial manufactured goods change along rivers with imposed transit fees to uses a federal lock and dam?

    How much will that lockage fee or fees be per barge loaded and empty be for the shipper will now pay to move grains and other cargo by barge?

    Has Congress done any impact studies on the affects of (P3’s) user fees to transit a federal lock and dam will have on our rivers and waterways tonnage and port utilization?

    Under the coming public-private partnerships (P3’s) “fee” based system it just may cripple the economic advantage the United States holds by providing a “free” water transportation system. It is a grand experiment with our collative economic futures in the balance.

  2. The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2014 will authorize the establishment of a series of pilot projects to examine the feasibility of public-private partnerships (P3’s) opening up our nations Homeland federal navigational critical infrastructure lock and dams to private or foreign nation companies without restrictions to government quasi-controlled companies, as (China.)

    The (P3’s) pilot projects under WRDA opens the U.S. inland waterway system and the movement of critical commodities as game changing event and rivers with open waterways without any public-private partnerships user fees to transit a lock and dam may now hold the economic and development advantage. Why build or operate a port or industrial plant on a (P3’s) -“fee” based river system if your competitor is using a “free” operating river or waterway with no fees to use?

    How will the movement / tonnage of critical commodities as crude oil, distillates, chemicals, grains, steel, coal, military equipment and industrial manufactured goods change along rivers with imposed transit fees to uses a federal lock and dam?

    How much will that lockage fee or fees be per barge loaded and empty be for the shipper will now pay to move grains and other cargo by barge?

    Has Congress done any impact studies on the affects of (P3’s) user fees to transit a federal lock and dam will have on our rivers and waterways tonnage and port utilization?

    Under the coming public-private partnerships (P3’s) “fee” based system it just may cripple the economic advantage the United States holds by providing a “free” water transportation system. It is a grand experiment with our collative economic futures in the balance.

  3. The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2014 will authorize the establishment of a series of pilot projects to examine the feasibility of public-private partnerships (P3’s) opening up our nations Homeland federal navigational critical infrastructure lock and dams to private or foreign nation companies without restrictions to government quasi-controlled companies, as (China.)

    The (P3’s) pilot projects under WRDA opens the U.S. inland waterway system and the movement of critical commodities as game changing event and rivers with open waterways without any public-private partnerships user fees to transit a lock and dam may now hold the economic and development advantage. Why build or operate a port or industrial plant on a (P3’s) -“fee” based river system if your competitor is using a “free” operating river or waterway with no fees to use?

    How will the movement / tonnage of critical commodities as crude oil, distillates, chemicals, grains, steel, coal, military equipment and industrial manufactured goods change along rivers with imposed transit fees to uses a federal lock and dam?

    How much will that lockage fee or fees be per barge loaded and empty be for the shipper will now pay to move grains and other cargo by barge?

    Has Congress done any impact studies on the affects of (P3’s) user fees to transit a federal lock and dam will have on our rivers and waterways tonnage and port utilization?

    Under the coming public-private partnerships (P3’s) “fee” based system it just may cripple the economic advantage the United States holds by providing a “free” water transportation system. It is a grand experiment with our collative economic futures in the balance.

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