Mike Strain Calls For More Money To Go Towards Mississippi River Dredging

Monday, August 20, 2012 - 9:50pm

Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Comissioner Mike Strain says more money needs to go towards dredging the Mississippi River.

Strain told members of the press club barges are having big problems getting up and down the river.

He says shipping company's pay a tax in order to travel down the river but only a small percentage of that money actually gets used for dredging.

It's a problem that could end up stranding millions of dollars in grain and other foods at ports.

Strain says the drought is causing huge problems for the farm industry.

He says 73 percent of the country is suffering from drought conditions
which could mean higher food prices for the entire country in the near future.


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