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’s 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. 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. In this 10-minute documentary featuring the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, you’ll learn about one lock and dam in critical condition—the LaGrange Lock & Dam, located on the Illinois River.

America’s Locks and Dams

locks-mapUp 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.  See what a lock failure could cost you.