Updating the locks and dams on the Mississpipi River has been a topic of discussion for several years now. No one knows this better than Ron Kindred - central Illinois farmer and a Board Member of the American Soybean Association.
In fact - ASA has been working very hard to get something done to improve the infrastructure of the river system because of the importance of moving soybeans - and other commodities - to the gulf for export.
Kindred says it's been a long and ongoing process to get funding authorized.
Kindred says current lock system is well past it's lifespan, and failure to improve it ultimately comes back to the producers bottom line.
And Kindred worries about the future of the U.S. economy as a whole should the lock system ultimately fail.
Kindred says the most frustrating part is there is a trust fund that was set up to pay for all of the renovations, upgrades and dredging - and it was accompanied by legislation to protect the fund - however only about half of that fund is being used for its intended purpose.
ASA Board Member Ron Kindred lives and farms near Atlanta, Illinois in Logan County.