This summary explains why a public-private partnership (P3) is the most viable option for addressing the backlog of deferred lock and dam maintenance, and outlines how a checkoff-led coalition will pursue the project.

As soybeans move from field to market, a posted bridge or closed road can alter the truck's course, creating additional costs and delays. This checkoff-funded study identified the most critical bridges in each county in Illinois. 


Note: This study was conducted in 2013 and some data may be out of date, as bridges are repaired and regularly monitored for safety.  

One of the ways ISA invests checkoff funds to improve local transportation efficiencies is through prioritization studies. A 2015 study analyzed benefit-cost ratios for twenty McLean County infrastructure projects. This report presents recommendations, in addition to quantitative and qualitative information, to assist McLean County officials in infrastructure prioritization decisions. 

Soybean basis changes are best viewed over a period of time. To see basis changes from July 2014 through early June 2015, scroll through this document. 


Data provided by Informa Economics.

Colonel Mark Deschenes, commander and district engineer of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, has written a letter in support of ISA’s public-private partnership (P3) initiative on the Illinois waterways. In the letter, Colonel Deschenes commends ISA board and staff for their ongoing leadership in developing a viable funding option for much-needed maintenance on the waterway’s eight locks and dams.

Informa Economics tracked changes in soybean and corn basis from January – February 2015; the data is displayed here. This information may be helpful for Illinois farmers considering 2015 plantings.