Study: Disaster looms on America's waterways

August 8, 2017

Burton EnglishBurton English (Ph.D. '81 ag economics) was cited in a July 27, 2017, Wall Street Journal article:

A 2016 study by the University of Tennessee analyzing the effects of lock outages estimated that closures at one particular lock on the Mississippi River would cause shipments of corn and soybeans to decline 9%. A closure during the key fall harvest could reduce exports by 5 million tons, the study found. Authors Edward Yu, Burton English and R. Jamey Menard estimated that a significant decline in corn and soybean shipments could cause a $2.4 billion loss of economic activity.

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