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Back-ups Along the Mississippi River Lead to Lower Prices for Missouri Farmers

September 13, 2005
By: Tim Walker
Capital Bureau

Many Missouri farmers are feeling the effect of Hurricane Katrina as harvest season gets under way in parts of the state.

Tim Walker has more from Jefferson City.

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The Mississippi River is an essential channel for farmers to transport their crops all over the world. Buyers along the river are offering lower prices to farmers because of a slowdown in production and transportation due to Hurricane Katrina.

Missouri Corn Growers Association spokesperson Jamey Cline says these prices are unprecedented.

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"To see yourself 71 cents below the Chicago Board of Trade in the Boot Heel of Missouri, right on the river, which is essentially the channel to take everything to the gulf"

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Cline says the prices also hinge on farmers ability to get fertilizer and other materials up the river.

Reporting from the state Capital, I'm Tim Walker