12/22/20 • Transportation

Corn Refiners Applaud Passage of 2020 Water Resources Development Act

December 22, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) today applauded Congress and the Administration for the passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020 as part of an Omnibus Appropriations and COVID-19 relief funding package. The nation’s inland waterways system is critical to the U.S. agriculture industry and economy overall, and this legislation promises to modernize and rehabilitate the system, while helping to significantly reduce the backlog of authorized projects.

“Thanks and congratulations, at long last, to Congress and the Trump Administration on Congressional passage of Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) with overwhelming bipartisan support,” said John Bode, CRA President & CEO. “CRA is particularly pleased the legislation will provide more than $1 billion in additional construction funds over 10 years to our critical inland waterways system. WRDA is a signature achievement of tremendous importance to maintaining global competitiveness of American agriculture exports and the millions of American jobs those exports support.”

As a member of the Waterways Council Inc., a national organization comprised of waterway carriers and shippers, as well as leading agriculture, labor and conservation organizations, CRA has long advocated for modernizing America’s ports and inland waterways which directly benefits the U.S. economy.


The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is the national trade association representing the corn refining industry of the United States. CRA and its predecessors have served this important segment of American agribusiness since 1913. Corn refiners manufacture sweeteners, starch, advanced bioproducts, corn oil and feed products from corn components such as starch, oil, protein and fiber.