Oct 26, 2016 - WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2016 - The pace of building new infrastructure and repairing the old is proceeding more robustly than most people observe, yet is also likely to quicken in the years ahead. What's more, the sources of infrastructure funding and what Americans mean by infrastructure are both destined to become more diverse. Consider that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is promising a five-year, $275 billion infrastructure building campaign, and that her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, not to be outdone, is doubling down on Clinton's envisioned initiative. In addition, Congress and many state legislatures in recent years have started to up their antes for transportation and other infrastructure. All told, the prospect for significant improvements is brightening. But promises from officials in big cities don't haul rice to the mill or hogs to the slaughter plant. Like many farmers and others in agribusinesses, Bert Farrish, chief executive for Louisiana- and Arkansas-based Big River Rice and Grain, judges cargo-moving infrastructure in the arena where they operate. And, he says, “I would say it is woefully inadequate in a lot of areas. Certainly in our area, bridges and roads need substantial improvement.”
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