…as President commits resourcesThe Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG) has celebrated its 25th Anniversary with the Annual President’s Award Ceremony and Reception held at the Marriott Hotel in Georgetown on Saturday evening.The scores of dignitaries in attendance heard that Guyana is looking to secure an annual arrival rate of half a million visitors by 2025 — up from the 235,000 visitors who landed in Guyana last year. A six per cent increase in arrivals over the same period in 2016 has thus far been recorded for the first quarter of 2017.First Lady Sandra Granger seems impressed by the craftsmanship shown in these locally-made ornaments In addressing the stakeholders, President Granger pledged that, while Tourism is private sector-driven, the State will continue to support the industry through development of the relevant infrastructure, such as improved aerodromes, bridges, highways and stellings; and Government will continue to provide resources, within its means, to promote the country.“We must bequeath it to our children and grandchildren, mustn’t we?” he declared.Speaking to his commitment to protect Guyana and is natural endowment, President Granger reminded that he had personally signing the COP 21 Paris Accord, and added: “Like other people, I am not about to erase my signature,” probably taking a direct swipe at US President Donald Trump, who recently withdrew from the accord.The President reminded of his government’s commitment to establish a green capital town in every region, inclusive of a legally designated protected area. This announcement was greeted with stirring applause from tourism stakeholders gathered for the reception.Expressing gratitude to the diaspora, which he recognised as Guyana’s most generous Tourism customer, the President said, “We have all witnessed the annual pilgrimages of the diaspora to our annual festivals.” He identified activities such as Mashramani, regattas and ‘town days’ held across the country as opportune occasions to witness the pilgrimages he was talking about.According to the President, the diaspora should not be underestimated; and though representing a small market, has been “a reliable and faithful market for our tourism.”Shaun McGrath, who also served as a four-term president of THAG and was an integral member in its start-up, was adjudged the winner of the 2017 Hall of Fame Award Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, who holds responsibility for the tourism sector in Guyana, declared that even with an unimpressive growth rate in the industry, Guyana can, by 2025, begin receiving up to 500,000 tourists. He cautioned, however, that receiving that many tourists in Guyana would require a corresponding preparation in terms of services and infrastructure.Gaskin spoke to the need for Guyana to be able to handle at least five 737 aircraft, a number of smaller hotels, dozens more restaurants, hundreds more taxis, and a range of other infrastructure, including a bridged Essequibo River.He also spoke to the need to have significantly more accommodation in the hinterland, including additional airlift for interior locations and improved telecommunication and other tourist-related services.Thus he pointed out that while there is optimism in anticipated tourism arrivals, there needs to be corresponding infrastructure in place.THAG President Andrea de Caires, in her opening address to the gathering, called on the administration to pay more attention to the sector, and in fact to invest some of the anticipated oil revenues in the sector.She traced the evolution of THAG over its 25 years of existence, and spoke to some of the challenges faced and lessons learnt over the years. De Caires said that in light of advances made over the years, it is right and fitting to not only treat with the tourism sector as the economy prepares to launch its oil and gas sector, but to also invest some of the oil revenues in the sector.She was convinced that the Tourism sector has, over the years, evolved into a key contributor to the economy; and she said this is projected to only improve in the coming years. By the evening’s end, the following awards had been handed out: Hotel of the Year, Resort/Lodge of the Year, Direct Tourism Services Award, Tourism Supporting Services, and the Hall of Fame Award.The Grand Coastal, Pegasus Guyana and Cara Lodge were each nominated for the President’s 2017 Award, but it was taken by Grand Coastal. Nominees for the Resort/Lodge award were Rewa Eco Lodge, Baganara Resort and Atta Rainforest Lodge. The winner was Rewa Eco Lodge.Trans Guyana Airways, Bushmasters, and Old Fort Tours were also nominated for an award, but the winner was Bushmasters.The Tourism Supporting Services’ nominees were: Nurse Marcy Gravesande, Demerara Distillers Limited, and Canadian Executive Services Overseas. The winner was Demerara Distillers Limited.The Hall of Fame Award nominees were: Public Communication Minister Cathy Hughes, who has been a member of THAG for over 20 years and has also served in the post of President; Iwokrama Rainforest Centre, established in 1996 under a mandate shared by the Guyana Government and the Commonwealth; Shaun McGrath, who also served as a four-term president of THAG and was an integral member of its start-up; and Captain Mazahar Ally of Air Services Limited. McGrath was adjudged the winner of the 2017 Hall of Fame Award
Wenger’s clashes with former United boss Alex Ferguson are the stuff of legend and his relationship with current Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been laced with bitterness.But both men have reached out to him with warm words since he announced he was stepping down.Mourinho said he regrets some of the “little negative episodes” between himself and Wenger over the years, calling on United fans to give him a fitting send-off.When asked whether he could be friends with Mourinho, Wenger spoke instead of “respect” for the current United boss.Arsenal, in sixth spot in the league, look certain to miss out on the top four for the second year in a row.But Wenger will still believe he can leave the club with a trophy and a Champions League spot despite conceding a late goal in a 1-1 home draw with Atletico Madrid in the Europa League on Thursday.The Frenchman is unsure how he will be greeted at Old Trafford, where he is unlikely to play a first-choice side with the second leg of the Europa League tie looming next week.“I don’t know what reaction I will get but look we had some great battles in 22 years and for me what will be at stake is to recover from that result (against Atletico) and before we go to Atletico have a good game,” Wenger said.– Sanchez reunion –The Frenchman, who says he is not ready to retire from football, is likely to face a side including former Gunners star Alexis Sanchez, who left to join United in the January transfer window.The Chilean’s presence in the opposing team will be a painful reminder to Arsenal fans of Wenger’s inability in recent years to convince many of his best players to buy into his project and stay.Wenger said he was so committed to Arsenal that he even declined an approach by then United chairman Martin Edwards when Ferguson was mulling retiring in 2001.“Arsenal is the love of my life. I turned many, many, many clubs down to face the challenge when we built the stadium,” said Wenger, referring to the Emirates.“I speak to everybody, yes I met Martin Edwards, many people came to see me but I was always loyal to this club.”“When I look back now I realise what a great team they had,” Wenger said of United. “(Ryan) Giggs, (Paul) Scholes, as young players they had (Cristiano) Ronaldo and (Wayne) Rooney and you see what Ronaldo and Rooney went on to do in the rest of their career.“(Ruud) van Nistelrooy, all these players together — it was an unbelievable team and I think I realise more with a bit of distance what a challenge it was.”United are hoping to consolidate their hold on second place in the Premier League, which would mark a significant improvement over last year’s sixth-placed finish for the club, who have also qualified for the FA Cup final, where they will face Chelsea.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Aresene Wenger’s clashes with former United boss Alex Ferguson are the stuff of legend and his relationship with current Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been laced with bitternessMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 28 – Arsene Wenger is unsure of the welcome he will receive on his final visit to Old Trafford as Arsenal boss on Sunday after many “great battles” against Manchester United during his two decades in charge.The 68-year-old Frenchman, leaving the club at the end of the season, will bring a side that is a pale shadow of the team that challenged United’s Premier League dominance during his first decade in charge.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThat “Blood” won both picture and directing honors may have Oscar significance. Thirteen of the 15 movies that LAFCA has honored in both categories – a list that runs from “Dog Day Afternoon” to “Sideways” – have gone on to win a best picture nomination. (The two that didn’t? “Do the Right Thing” and “Leaving Las Vegas.”) Romanian import “4 Months, 3 Weeks and Two Days” won for foreign language film and supporting acting honors for Vlad Ivanov. The movie, which follows a woman helping her friend obtain an illegal abortion in 1980s Romania, will be released in Los Angeles in a limited engagement on Dec. 21. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association is comprised of Los Angeles-based critics working primarily in print media. Daily News film critics Bob Strauss and Glenn Whipp are among the group’s 50 members. This year’s awards will be presented Jan. 12 at InterContinental Los Angeles Century City. Paul Thomas Anderson’s dark period drama “There Will Be Blood” won by acclimation Sunday at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association annual vote, taking four awards – including best picture and best director for Anderson – and finishing second in three other categories. Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays an ornery oilman loosely based on Edward Doheny in the movie, took best actor honors. It was the third time that LAFCA has honored Day-Lewis. He also won for his lead turns in “My Left Foot” and “Gangs of New York.” Production designer Jack Fish won the movie’s fourth award. “There Will Be Blood,” which will arrive in theaters in Los Angeles and New York on Dec. 26, also took runner-up honors for screenplay (Anderson), music (Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood) and cinematography (Robert Elswit). Given the dominance of Anderson’s movie, there was little room for other pictures to break through in a big way. Critical favorites “No Country For Old Men,” “I’m Not There” and “Atonement” were barely a factor, managing only one runner-up nod between them – Cate Blanchett for supporting actress in “I’m Not There.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
DDTV: Remember this?Filmed on location in Lanzarote just before last year’s All-Ireland Final.And it could have been filmed last night!The nightmare where singer Rory Gallagher thought best pal Senegal Jimmy had switched allegiances from Donegal to Mayo. How could he?Click Play to Watch DDTV: THE MOMENT RORY THOUGHT SENEGAL JIMMY HAD SWITCHED TO MAYO was last modified: August 4th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal GAALanzaroteMayorory and the islandRory GallagherSenegal Jimmy
He’s already been dubbed a messiah by the majority of Donegal GAA supporters, and now locals in Dungloe have confirmed their belief that he is God!The large poster which portrays McGuinness as God is currently located outside the Old Fire Station on the Mill Road in Dungloe.Donegal face the men from the Kingdom on Sunday week and the poster’s caption captures what the locals in Dungloe think the outcome will be at Croke Park. “Thy Kingdom Come, It Will Be Done.The county is awash with colour and excitement ahead of the All-Ireland SFC final with Kerry.If you have any pictures of great posters showing support for Jim and the boys, or anything related to the Big Match, then send them in to firstname.lastname@example.orgTir Chonaill Abú!! COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: LOCALS IN DUNGLOE BELIEVE JIM HAS A HIGHER CALLING!! was last modified: September 11th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dungloeFeaturesGodJim McGuinnessnewsPosterSport
McELHINNEYThe death has taken place in the Donegal Hospice, Letterkenny of David McElhinney, Portnablagh, Dunfanaghy. Removal today from the hospice at 4pm going to his late residence. House private please. Funeral arrangements to be confirmed later.LOWRY The sudden death has taken place at his residence of Ivan Lowry, Drumatoland, St Johnston. Funeral from there on Sunday at 2pm going to St Eunan’s Hall, Mc Bride St, Raphoe, and afterwards to Clonleigh Parish Churchyard for burial in the family plot. Family flowers only please – Donations in lieu if desired to Dr Keating, Respiratory Consultant, Surgical One, Letterkenny General Hospital, c/o Gibson Funeral Directors, Convoy.WRENThe death has taken place in Lifford Hospital of Mary Ellen Wren, formerly Carrickadawson, Raphoe, sister of Seamus Gallagher. Her remains are reposing at her niece Sarah Bradley’s residence at Carrickadawson, Raphoe. Funeral from there tomorrow (Saturday) at 10.15am for 11am Requiem Mass in St Columba’s Church, Dromoghill with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.McLAUGHLIN The death has occurred at The Nursing Unit, Buncrana of John McLaughlin, 16 Colmcille Village, Cleagh, Clonmany. Remains reposing at The Oratory, Colmcille Village. Funeral from there tomorrow (Saturday) to St Mary’s Church, Clonmany, for Requiem Mass at 11am. Interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Oratory private from 10pm – 10am. Family flowers only, donations if desired to Buncrana Nursing Unit c/o any family member.NULTYThe sudden death has taken place of Michael Nulty, Stragill, Buncrana. Funeral arrangements later.DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2011 was last modified: October 15th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
29 October 2003The Western Cape government has confirmed a R265 000 grant to expand the seven-year old Dysselsdorp liqourice plant.The plant – which extracts liqourice from a root that grows in abundance in the area – was initiated as a small-scale income-generating project for the community, and has since developed into a high-quality liquorice liquid and powder operation that exports its products.The project recently signed a 10-year contract valued at R500 000 with tobacco manufacturer British American Tobacco to supply the company with liqourice, which will ensure consistent income for the plant. Liquorice is said to be essential for the manufacture of tobacco.The plant is also engaged in talks with an international airline to supply it with liquorice sweets, and a deal is expected to be reached soon.The provincial economic development department said the facility employs both permanent and temporary staff, which has helped to reduce the area’s high unemployment rate, estimated at 40 percent. Last year, the plant generated turnover of R900 000.The province’s spokesman, Thabo Mabaso, said the plant employs eight permanent staff on an average salary of over R2 000 per month, while seasonal workers who earn an average wage of R300 per week are employed for six-month periods.Mabaso said the workers had started manufacturing liquorice sweets and essential oils plant, which will make the project more sustainable. “The essential oils plant is currently being built, and will add much-needed value and jobs to the project”, he said.Source: BuaNews
South African sprinter Akani Simbine recently set a new record and now he is dreaming of Olympic glory. The 22-year-old, who broke the South African 100m record at a meeting held in Budapest, Hungary on Monday 18 July, beat Jamaican and Olympic favourite Asafa Powell. Simbine ran it in 9.89 seconds.Ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympics, Simbine speaks to Brand South Africa and shares ten things about himself.Watch Simbine set a South African record:Being a South African ambassadorMelissa Javan: Akani, this will be your first Olympics. Tell us how you feel about being an ambassador for your country.Akani Simbine: To be one of a few [people] to have all of South Africa’s hopes of medals on my shoulders. Not many people get this opportunity. It is a blessing, a great honour to be able to be an ambassador for South Africa.MJ: What does it mean to you to be an ambassador of South Africa?AS: You have to represent the country and all of the population well, [that means] to show the world that our country has greatness in it.Fellow South Africans supporting the Olympic teamMJ: You said in March this year that you hope to show South Africans “how a sub 10 second race is run”. How important is support from fans?AS: It’s very important to have the backing of fellow South Africans. They play a part in your drive to become better and faster.MJ: What else do you hope to show South Africans, especially your family, friends and the old community you grew up in?AS: Your dreams are possible to achieve. All you have to do is put in the work and don’t let anyone or anything stop you from achieving it.BackgroundMJ: Tell us about yourself.AS: I grew up in East Rand (Kempton Park). I really enjoy watching soccer. The teams I support are Kaiser Chiefs and Chelsea FC.MJ: You played soccer before you were an athlete. Who or what gave you inspiration to become a professional runner?AS: My coach Werner Prinsloo. I played soccer for school [Edenglen High School in Edenvale] and a club when I was told to try out running. It just worked out well for me. I started dreaming about being part of the South African team when I was 18-years-old.MJ: What position in soccer did you play?AS: Right wing.Rubbing shoulders with the big dogsMJ: In a recent interview you said you were “not phased” by running alongside athletes like Mike Rogers and Asafa Powell. What do you mean that?AS: That even though they are great sprinters, it doesn’t mean my race plan has to change. I must just come into the race with the same mentality that I go into every race – that is to just do me and run my phases as perfectly as possible.MJ: Do you think you can beat Usain Bolt?AS: Bolt is an amazing athlete and the greatest of all time. I want to be there when I get more mature and experienced in the game.MJ: What do you think of people calling you “the next Bolt”?AS: It’s a great honor to be mentioned alongside a great like him. I’m making sure that I put in the work so that I can live up to that title.MJ: What is it like to practice alongside team mates like Heinrich Bruintjies and Wayde van Niekerk?AS: It’s really great and always inspirational. We all want the best for each other and we all push each other to overcome our limits.MJ: Lastly, with regard to the Olympics, what is your message to South Africa?AS: My message to South Africa is that I hope their hearts and prayers are with us during the Olympic Games. I hope that we as the athletes are going out there to do our best, leave a mark and let the world know that South Africa is a nation filled of greatness.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See Using SouthAfrica.info material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There is always potential for the unexpected to happen. It is important to be prepared for when it does.That is one reason many of Ohio’s grain operations employees and first responders have participated in Bin Entry Tech Rescue Training, a program held in partnership with the Ohio AgriBusiness Association and the Grain Elevator and Processing Society. The four-day program is designed to provide hands-on training for emergency situations at commercial operations and farms. It is held at the Grain Elevator and Processing Society Grain Safety Training Center at Sidney Sunrise location.The program is conducted by the Safety and Technical Rescue Association (SATRA), and led by professional firefighters. Participants learn about issues surrounding grain bins, Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) standards, air monitoring, and more. They also practice practical skills including rope and harness work and rescue procedures using 130-foot grain bins. Participants work in teams of eight to plan and lead rescues in the bins, with SATRA teachers on-site to monitor and check participants’ work. At the conclusion of the training, participants work through an entire rescue scenario, from the first call through the grain bin rescue.The training takes time and effort on the part of participants and their employers, but it all pays off in an emergency situation, said Ron Digby from Legacy Farmers Cooperative.“In the past we have sponsored many firefighters to come through the training in Sidney and we have seen returns on encouraging attendance. Two years ago one of the local fire departments where we had sponsored firefighters to go through the training had a successful grain bin rescue on a local farm that actually was one of our customers,” Digby said. “The firefighters told us they wouldn’t have been able to successfully complete the rescue if we hadn’t paid for them to go through this training. That alone makes it worth all the dollars we invest. We send a lot of our employees and a lot of firefighters from local fire departments that cover any facilities in our area. We like to sponsor them to go do the training because not only does it help to protect our employees, but it also helps to protect our customers.”In addition to the preparation it offers, the training also sets the stage for the development of a culture of safety preparation, said Jed Bookman, Sunrise Cooperative safety and risk coordinator.“Some of the benefits we’ve seen from sending employees through the four-day class in Sidney is that employees are actually finding creative, easier, and safer ways to address things like repairs at heights, fumigation, working with bins, sealing bins up, and getting safer, easier access to those hard to reach places. Our employees are able to complete tasks easier, cheaper, faster and safer by applying learned skills and knowledge from the class,” Bookman said. “Additionally, we see a shift in the employee’s outlook on how they perceive risk, and how they perceive certain behaviors as risky. Before, they would do a task and say, ‘Well it’s not a big deal I can do it.’ Now, they know that’s dangerous and they also have the skills and the tools to mitigate that danger and complete that job task safely, quickly, and easier.”The training meets requirements set by OSHA.“Every employee that is involved in confined space work needs to be trained and that training is refreshed during certain intervals according to OSHA rules. This training goes well above and beyond the minimum requirements set forth by OSHA,” Bookman said. “If our intent is to satisfy an OSHA rule or requirement that is put upon us, we are wasting our time. This training is going beyond that. We are not only trying to check a box, but we are actually giving that employee those skills and that knowledge do their work safely, but also potentially help a fellow employee, member of the community, or customer in case of an unplanned event.”Bill Harp, with SATRA, helps with the training that takes place at Sidney. He said the training covers the importance of preparing for the unexpected and encourages participants to play a more direct role in safety.“This allows them to have a real-life hands-on experience of what it’s like to do work and or rescue at their grain facilities. They are going to learn key components of rescue from heights, confined space rescues, grain engulfment that can happen in the types of activities that they engage in every day. And then if someone becomes injured or ill, it gives them the skill sets that they need to be successful in helping their co-worker,” Harp said. “We’ve had lots of our students that really never even thought about joining a local fire service, but after taking these rescue classes have gone on to support their community and in fact be a part of the local fire department.”Time management is so important in the early stages of an emergency and the training emphasizes the wise use of the crucial first minutes.“That first four or five minutes of an event is going to let you know what will happen in the next four to five hours,” Harp said.The training also highlights the importance of good working relationships between customers, the company, surrounding companies, and the fire departments when preparing for an emergency related to grain safety.“We want those entities to be happy to see each other. We want it to be like old friends,” Harp said. “The comfort level with the local fireman and the workers that are at that facility, and their ability to interact together, is vital for these successful rescues. They need each other. We are hoping that by bringing all of those outside entities in on the front side, that everyone knows what their capabilities, rules, duties, and responsibilities are going to be during one of these events as they unfold.”Having the proper equipment for handling emergency situations is also important for proper preparation.“We work very closely with the safety directors of many grain companies. And lots of times when they are going to buy one of anything they actually buy three. They buy one for a spare that they can train with, one that they put in their equipment cache for rescues, and they donate one to the local fire department,” Harp said. “And that way everyone is used to that equipment and they’ve all been trained on it together. If the rescue isn’t at that facility but it’s at one of their farmer’s facilities, then as they show up and attempt to render aid they’re able to use all that equipment and be familiar with it.”Training, relationship building and securing the proper equipment before an emergency situation happens are all vital components in preventing tragedies and getting to an outcome everyone can live with.“You know many of these facilities have an incredibly good track record for safety, and they can say we’ve never had a significant event here in 25 years, and we certainly celebrate that,” Harp said. “What all facilities need to remember is the potential is still the same. They need to be able to perform a rescue and also develop the ability to work safer in their duties on an ongoing daily basis. That is really what we are trying to accomplish with this four-day training.”This is the fourth story in a series of safety related articles in cooperation with the Ohio AgriBusiness Association and its members.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Reese and Ty HigginsThere is not much that politicians on opposing sides of the aisle agree upon these days, but improving the nation’s transportation infrastructure could be one of them.“If there was a to-do list for the American people, I would say political acrimony and obstruction are not on it, but infrastructure is. It is encouraging to see both Republicans and Democrats have both come to the conclusion that they need to justify they deserve to be there. One of the most effective ways to do that is to actually get something done and I think infrastructure is the best opportunity to do that in a bipartisan manner,” said Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition. “But you’re not just making an allocation of funding for a short period of time. It is something you invest in your long-term competitiveness. For agriculture, we really need that right now. As the federal government looks at what tools it has in its toolbox to help farmers, the message we are conveying is that infrastructure investment is one of those tools.”In the extensive series of roads, rails and rivers throughout the country connecting farms to the rest of the world, there are plenty of areas in need of improvements.“We need to make sure we are focused on the inefficiencies and challenges of moving agricultural freight. That includes rural roads and bridges, inland waterways, and our ports. They all have to work in concert with one another,” he said. “One mode hands off to another mode. It doesn’t do a lot of good if one link in your chain is in exquisite condition if another link in your chain is in dilapidated condition.”With major issues facing agriculture and international trade, infrastructure is one course of action that Congress has the power to move forward.“Farmers, particularly soybean farmers, are really taking it on the chin due to this dispute with China. This is an industry that was actually improving our trade balance and our relationship with China but yet is the industry most adversely affected by this larger issue,” Steenhoek said. “We talk about this aid package and these bilateral trade agreements with other countries and those are fine and good, but I think a nice compliment to that is infrastructure investment.”While there are almost endless options for spending money on infrastructure, there are a few priorities that could have a broad and significant impact.“We need to make sure locks and dams are fortified and well maintained so you don’t have that catastrophic failure. I think that one project that would provide pretty quick bang for the buck would be dredging the lower Mississippi River at New Orleans from its current depth of 45 feet to 50 feet,” he said. “All of these big soybean producing states channel their soybeans on the river out to the international marketplace. The price the farmers receive is largely a function of the efficient transportation system after they make the delivery. If you have a problem in the river, farmers see a widening basis because the supply chain isn’t working. If you improve the efficiency, the inverse is true, and farmers actually see a positive impact on their basis. This is a way to put an infusion of money into farmers’ wallets by making the supply chain more efficient. There could be $461 million annually for American soybean farmers by just that one infrastructure project.”