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Ag Groups Voice Opposition
to Dam Breach Plan

by Daybreak Staff
Agri-Pulse, November 30, 2021

Graphic: Recent Downriver Grain Shipments on the Snake River (2000 - 2019) A bipartisan proposal supported by Reps. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., to remove four hydroelectric dams from the Snake River in an effort to protect salmon and steelhead fish runs has national and state ag groups, companies and port authorities worried about the impact on farmers and their ability to transport their crops.

The Agriculture Transportation Coalition, American Farm Bureau Federation, Farm Credit Council, Idaho Grain Producers Association, Nebraska Wheat Board and Pacific Northwest Farmers Cooperative are just a few of the many to sign on to a new letter to President Joe Biden, asking that the proposal be blocked.

“The Columbia-Snake River System is the third-largest grain export corridor in the world, transporting nearly 30 percent of U.S. grain and oilseed exports through a sophisticated navigation system, which includes seven grain export terminals, 26 up-country grain barge loading terminals, and eight dams that lift vessels a combined 735 feet to deliver high value farm products safely and efficiently to West Coast ports and consumers worldwide,” the groups, companies and port authorities said in the letter.

Daybreak Staff
Ag Groups Voice Opposition to Dam Breach Plan
Agri-Pulse, November 30, 2021

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