Last week, members of the Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) met in Washington, D.C. to participate in a Board of Directors meetings, a Waterways seminar and panel discussions, followed by a full-day of Capitol Hill visits to discuss priority issues and requests.
Kentucky was represented by John Danesi, Kentucky Corn Board Member, Crounse Corp, Marathon Petroleum, Marquette Towing, LG&E and Carlisle & Bray Enterprises. This WCI team was experienced on making Hill visits. They were able to meet with Congressman Thomas Massie, Congressman Brett Guthrie, Congressman Andy Barr, Congressman Ed Whitfield, Congress Hal Rogers, Senator Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul.
"Looking at the US agricultural exports, over 70% of those exports use the waterways system, and approximately 65% of the agricultural imports use our waterways. The success of WCI in keeping our waterway system updated is a critical component to the success of the US Grains Council which promotes our Grain exports," said John Danesi. "We estimate that KY Corn Farmers export 50 million bushels out of state, much of which moves on our rivers. Our waterways must operate efficiently to keep us competitive in the global market."
A list of WCI's priorities can be found, here.