Low Mississippi’s Ripple Effect Imperils 20,000 U.S. Jobs

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At risk are more than 20,000 jobs — from dockworkers to truckers and coal miners — and $130 million in wages and benefits if the river is closed for two months, the group estimates. More than $2.3 billion of agricultural products, $1.8 billion in chemicals and $1.3 billion worth of petroleum products normally ship in December and January, the group said.

“Worst-case scenario, we run very short of supplies when they’re needed for planting,” said Joe Dillier, plant-food director for Bloomington, Illinois-based Growmark Inc. His company is stockpiling as much urea and potash as it can in its warehouse.

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