Groups Say Economic Data Highlights Importance of Water Release

first_img Previous articleSeed Consultants Market Watch 1-3-13 PM Comments with Gary WilhelmiNext articleHouse Ag’s Peterson Asks Speaker Boehner to Commit Floor Time to Farm Bill Andy Eubank Home Indiana Agriculture News Groups Say Economic Data Highlights Importance of Water Release Revised data on the economic impact of an effective shutdown of the Mississippi River to barge traffic in the month of January has been released by the American Waterways Operators and Waterways Council, Inc. The data indicates the potential supply-chain disruption between January 7th and 31st alone could affect more than eight-thousand jobs, more than 54-million dollars in wages and benefits and 7.2-million tons of commodities valued at 2.8-billion dollars. Waterways Council President and CEO Michael Toohey says the uncertainty of the deteriorating situation for the nation’s shippers is having as much of an impact as the lack of water itself. He says the Obama Administration must direct the Army Corps of Engineers to release enough water from Missouri River reservoirs to sustain navigation on the Mississippi River now – or time will have run out and an effective shutdown could remain in place for weeks.The latest weather and water forecasts for the Mississippi River near Thebes, Illinois suggest commerce could come to a halt within the next week to 10 days. During that time – the required nine-foot draft will fall to an eight-foot draft. Most towboats require a nine-foot draft to operate – while only a very small number of towing vessels can operate at eight- or seven-foot drafts. For this reason – though the Corps and U.S. Coast Guard continue to state they will not officially close the river – the AWO and Waterways Council say the falling water levels and a lack of sustained water will preclude navigation between St. Louis and Cairo, Illinois.AWO President and CEO Tom Allegretti says the new economic numbers clearly indicate our nation’s shippers, farmers, manufacturers, operators and consumers will be hard hit this month if water is not provided to avert a shutdown. He says halting waterborne commerce and exports during the busiest period for agriculture shipping will have impacts on the entire nation. That’s why Allegretti says his group continues to urge the White House to immediately authorize the release of additional water to maintain navigation on the nation’s most important waterway.Different Mississippi River Story from CorpsMike Petersen – a spokesperson for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says Mississippi River water levels near the so-called rock pinnacles at Thebes, Illinois will remain above 10-feet through Thursday (Jan. 10). By Friday (Jan. 11) – expedited work to remove the so-called rock pinnacles at that location will add another two-feet of depth. That has some suggesting the river will remain safe for barge traffic for at least the next week and possibly through January 26th. While Petersen reportedly isn’t confirming the later date – he did say the Corps expects the river to remain open. But the National Weather Service has forecast that the waterway near St. Louis may drop to nine-feet as early as January 9th. The American Waterways Operators and Waterways Council, Inc. say that would bring commerce on the Mississippi River to an effective halt.Source: NAFB News Service SHARE Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Jan 6, 2013 Facebook Twitter SHARE Groups Say Economic Data Highlights Importance of Water Releaselast_img read more

Leicestershire pair sweep up Midlands North trophies

first_img1 May 2012 Leicestershire pair sweep up Midlands North trophies Leicestershire and Rutland pair Sarah Haslum and Suzanne Pretty made a clean sweep of the trophies at the Midlands North regional foursomes at Scraptoft Golf Club. Sarah, who plays off three, and Suzanne, a nine-handicapper, are members at Longcliffe and won both the handicap Challenge Cups and the Scratch Salvers with a gross score of 157, net 145. The trophies were presented by England Golf director Julie Wright, who was also a competitor in the competition. The event, played on a rare rain-free day, attracted competitors from all six counties in the region: Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire. The conditions were tough and the course played very long, but there were some excellent scores. The runners-up in the scratch competition were Emma and Sophie Newlove of Beeston Fields, Nottinghamshire, with 161. Second place in the handicap competition went to Lynn Jones and Alison Horak from Ullesthorpe, Leicestershire, with 154. Full scores can be found on the Leicestershire and Rutland county ladies’ website: www.lrlcga.co.uk Image: Suzanne Pretty (left) and Sarah Haslumlast_img read more

Experienced England squad targets European title

first_img29 Jun 2013 Experienced England squad targets European title Newly-crowned Amateur champion Garrick Porteous (Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland) and Neil Raymond (Corhampton, Hampshire, IoW & CI) have been named in a strong six-man England team to contest the European Men’s Team Championships at Silkeborg Ry Golf Club in Jutland, Denmark on 9th – 13th July. They will be joined by Nathan Kimsey (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire), Max Orrin (North Foreland, Kent), Callum Shinkwin (Moor Park, Hertfordshire) and Toby Tree (Worthing, Sussex) in a bid to regain the Euro title lost in 2011. Kimsey, Orrin, Porteous and Tree formed the England squad that regained the European Nations Championship in Spain in March. Two years ago in Portugal, England finished a disappointing 15th and lost their place in the European Men’s Team Championships. That meant to regain that place, England had to finish in the top three in the European Challenge Trophy in Iceland last year, which they did, winning the event comprehensively. Porteous and Shinkwin were members of that victorious squad while Raymond was reserve and England will go into this year’s event with the aim of regaining the title last won in 2010 in Sweden. Overall England has won the title ten times. Porteous, 23 (image copyright Tom Ward Photography), won the Amateur Championship at Royal Cinque Ports last week after beating Finland’s Toni Hakula 6 and 5 in the final. This triumph followed his victory in the Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship and a runner-up spot in the Welsh Stroke Play. Raymond, 27, winner of the Brabazon Trophy for the past two years, topped the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Order of Merit last year and reached the final of the Spanish Amateur this year only to finish runner-up. However, he won the St Andrews Links Trophy and was beaten by Porteous in the Amateur Championship quarter finals. Kimsey, 20, reached the English Amateur semi-finals and made his full international debut last year then had three runners-up spots in Australia during the winter. This season he has won the Terra Cotta Invitational in Florida and has had top six finishes in the Lytham Trophy, Scottish Stroke Play and the St Andrews Links Trophy, being joint runner-up in the latter. Orrin, 19, topped the England Golf Boys Order of Merit last year and is again enjoying a successful season. He has won the South East of England Links Championship and the Lagonda Trophy, finished runner-up to Raymond in the St Andrews Links Championship and reached the semi-finals of the Amateur Championship. Shinkwin, 20, an England cap for the past two years, has also been among the prizes this year. He won the South American Amateur Championship in Colombia, was second in the South East of England Links Championship and the Scottish Open Stroke Play and fourth in the Welsh Stroke Play. He also won the Hampshire Salver after a third place in the Hampshire Hog and fourth in the Selborne Salver. Tree, 19, has been capped at under 16, boys and men’s levels, having made his debut in the latter against France last year. He has won the Gauteng North Open in South Africa for the past two winters and has finished eighth in the Lytham Trophy and ninth in the St Andrews Links Trophy. The first two days of the European Championships is devoted to stroke play qualifying before the match play knockout over the final three days.last_img read more