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Record low Mississippi River levels have Arkansas farmers dealing with challenges

Low-water restrictions on the barge loads make for cautious navigation through the Mississippi River as evidenced by this tow passing a tow moored on the Louisiana-side bank of the river in Vicksburg, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022. The unusually low water level in the lower Mississippi River is causing some barges to get stuck in the muddy river bottom, resulting in delays.

Posted on November 7, 2022

In an age where technology is often obsolete soon after it advances, the Mississippi River’s importance to everyday life can at times be forgotten — that is until the water runs low.

“It is our livelihood, for those who live in the Mississippi Valley,” Sammy Angel, Arkansas Agriculture Board chairman, said. “We cross over it and never understand the impact it has on our lives. It affects every single thing we do in some shape or fashion.”

The Mississippi River hit record low levels in October, and unusual lows since early September, clogging an essential artery through the center of the nation.

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