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Low Mississippi River Limits Barges as Farmers Prepare for Harvest

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A long stretch of hot, dry weather has left the Mississippi River so low that barge companies are reducing their loads just as Midwest farmers […] read more >
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Sultana Museum Hits $10M Fundraising Target

Construction bids for the project are expected to go out this month, with the museum eyeing an opening date in 2025. read more >
Low water exposes a sand bar along the Mississippi River near Grand Gulf, Mississippi in October 2022
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The Real Toll of Climate Change: Five Takeaways From 2022 (Hallie Shoffner Commentary)

Extreme weather is hurting Arkansas’ economy, particularly our agricultural industry. But it’s also taking a toll on our quality of life. read more >
Construction materials at Our House in Little Rock, which is undergoing a $16 million expansion
Transportation

Construction Firms Adapt To New Era Of Planning

Construction company executives say demand for projects has remained robust, and they have learned to cope with now-predictable complications like higher materials costs and labor shortages. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Business Services / Transportation

Drought Snarls Mississippi River Transit in Blow to Farmers

Although scientists say climate change is raising temperatures and making droughts more common and intense, a weather expert says this latest drought affecting the central United States is more likely a short-term weather phenomenon. read more >
The American Waterways Operators and Waterways Council last week urged Congress and President Barack Obama to act or potentially see a halt to the transportation of millions of tons of essential goods up and down the Mississippi River.
Agriculture & Poultry / Tourism / Transportation

Barges Grounded by Low Water Halt Mississippi River Traffic

The U.S. Coast Guard said at least eight "groundings" of barges have been reported in the past week. read more >
A file photo of a barge with cargo on the Mississippi River 
Agriculture & Poultry / Transportation

Low Water on the Mississippi River Impacting Barge Traffic

The timing is bad. Corn and soybeans harvested in the early fall need to be moved, and barges are vital in getting the commodities from one place to another. read more >
Construction / Government & Politics / Transportation

State Awards Grants for Mississippi River Port Improvements

The Crittenden County Port Authority was awarded $1 million to remove metal dolphins and replace a mooring pylon north of the dock to improve dangerous water flow conditions. read more >
A rendering of the new Sultana Disaster Museum in Marion, Arkansas.
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Sultana Museum Gets $1M Federal Grant

The project will be matched with $250,000 in local funds. read more >
Steel coils on display during a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of U.S. Steel's new $3 billion mill in Osceola, Arkansas. 
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With Steel, State Lures Interlocking IndustriesLock Icon

Like all kinds of constructors, Arkansas economic developers have learned that steel offers a sturdy base to build on. read more >
Mark Pruett is the terminal manager at Helm Fertilizer Terminal Inc. near Helena-West Helena.
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Helena Harbor Items Checked OffLock Icon

For more than three years, members of the Image Environmental Inc. team have become familiar faces at the Helena Harbor, working on the Helm Fertilizer Terminal upgrade-expansion project. read more >
The last phase of a $12 million upgrade/expansion of the Helm Fertilizer facility is in motion at the Helena Harbor.
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Helm Fertilizer Doubles Down On Its Helena Harbor Facility

Helm's $12 million investment will upgrade and expand river terminal capabilities. read more >
A file photo of a barge with cargo on the Mississippi River 
Agriculture & Poultry / Construction / Government & Politics / Transportation

Army Corps to Spend $732M on Mississippi River Lock Upgrade

The new lock will allow for two-way traffic, easing the movement of larger, modern barges. read more >
A fracture in the Interstate 40 bridge connecting Arkansas and Memphis. The fracture led to the closure of the bridge for several months in 2021. 
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Report: I-40 Bridge’s Crack Likely Dates Back to 1970s

A weld fracture initially was not visible by conventional inspection and was not caught by an ultrasonic inspection in 1982. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics / Manufacturing

4 Reasons Why Big River Steel Chose Arkansas

An interview with Mark Bula, CCO of Big River Steel, who shares the essential reasons Big River Steel came to Arkansas. read more >
Transportation

Forecasters: River’s Crest Soon, Lower for Spots in 3 States

Forecasters said Monday that the Mississippi River's crest will come sooner and lower for many locations in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. If that prediction holds, it means the unusual winter flood won't rival the inundation of 2011. read more >
The Arkansas River on Jan. 2, covering the Bill Clark Wetlands near the Clinton Presidential Library.
Transportation

River Levels Falling, But Still Flood Warnings in Arkansas

The National Weather Service says the levels of flooded rivers in Arkansas are falling, but flood warnings remain in effect until further notice on many rivers across the state. read more >
Transportation

Mississippi River Harbors To Be Dredged in 4 States

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official says 10 harbors on the Mississippi River in Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee are scheduled for dredging this year. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Government & Politics / Real Estate

Landowners Along Mississippi River Could Get Financial Help

Owners of land along the Mississippi River in Arkansas may be eligible for financial and other assistance for participating in a federal Wetlands Reserve Program. read more >
The American Waterways Operators and Waterways Council last week urged Congress and President Barack Obama to act or potentially see a halt to the transportation of millions of tons of essential goods up and down the Mississippi River.
Agriculture & Poultry / Business Services / Transportation

Shipping Bounces Back As Mississippi River Rises

Mississippi River shippers have returned to hauling full loads after several storms and aggressive rock-clearing helped deepen the waterway, eliminating worries about barge traffic shutting down, the river's stewards and barge operators said Wednesday. read more >