Corn Belt Ports Expand. The Northern Grain Belt Ports are Federally Approved and Now Join the List of Regional Ports in the Heart of the Corn Belt Going in to 2023

The Northern Grain Belt Ports (NGBP) on the Upper Mississippi River Between Wisconsin and Minnesota were approved by the U.S. Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center and the Navigation and Civil Works Decision Support Center on December 8, 2022, to be listed and ranked on the annual U.S. Leading Ports List.

The NGBP is solidly a Top 100 U.S. Port and is now similar in size to the Port of Miami based on freight tonnage. This designation will make the region more competitive for federal government, state government, and non-profit organization investment. This marks the first time in history that Wisconsin’s ports on the Upper Mississippi River are federally listed and ranked, like Wisconsin’s ports on the Great Lakes. This also completes the grass roots effort that began in the fall of 2019 to federally recognize the ports and terminals in America’s most significant grain producing and exporting region.

In 2019 the Corn Belt Ports collectively handled 96 million tons of cargo on the Upper Mississippi River and the Illinois Waterway System. The Corn Belt Ports are an essential part of the global supply chain.

The Corn Belt Ports are the federally recognized Ports in the Heart of the Corn Belt above Locks and Dam 26. More simply, the Corn Belt Ports are the ports within the Corn Belt’s Lock and Dam System. They have attracted over $1.25 Billion in additional transportation and natural infrastructure investment since 2021 from federal and state government organizations, and non-profit organizations.

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