MississippiRiver http://wuis.org en Farmers Hope For River System Improvements http://wuis.org/post/farmers-hope-river-system-improvements <p></p><p>Farmers and ag groups in the Midwest say the U.S. river system needs an upgrade, and they’re hopeful it will come with proposed improvements in legislation recently passed by Congress. &nbsp;</p><p>The nation’s rivers are essential for moving agricultural products to market.</p><p>“It’s our third coast, if you will,” said Jim Tarmann, field services director with the Illinois Corn Growers Association. “Over 60 percent of our grain exports move via the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. That’s how things get to our world markets.”</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:04:00 +0000 Rich Egger 26434 at http://wuis.org Farmers Hope For River System Improvements Chinese Market Could Help Rid Rivers Of Asian Carp http://wuis.org/post/chinese-market-could-help-rid-rivers-asian-carp <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Water experts worried about Asian carp may have new hope. They’re turning their eyes to China, where a carp-hungry populace may be the key for stemming the tide of the invasive fish.</p><p>Asian carp are taking over U.S. waterways, including the Mississippi River and tributaries like the Illinois and Missouri Rivers, where they out-compete native fish.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 18:28:37 +0000 Sean Crawford 24542 at http://wuis.org Chinese Market Could Help Rid Rivers Of Asian Carp