Mississippi Mission
Pam Smith DTN\Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor
Thu Feb 7, 2013 06:36 AM CST

DAVENPORT, Iowa (DTN) -- The debate over how to overhaul the aging Mississippi lock and dam system has been mired down for decades, but Iowa Governor Terry Branstad hopes a meeting held Feb. 5, in Davenport, Iowa, will get momentum rolling for upgrades.

Branstad pulled together stakeholders ranging from farm commodity group representatives to community development leaders to environmentalists to start a new conversation on the importance of this major artery and the need for rehabilitation to keep a competitive advantage.

"We're here to discuss the importance of the Mississippi River not just to Iowa, but the entire upper Midwest. ...

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