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Flooding disrupts farm shipments on the Mississippi River

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Historic flooding has left parts of the Mississippi River closed for business

The Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. — Normally this time of year, huge barges can be seen chugging up the Mississippi River, carrying millions of tons of grain to market and bringing agriculture-related products to farmers in the Midwest for the new growing season. But there’s not much barge traffic this year.

That’s because historic spring flooding that swamped and tainted farmland, also left parts of the Mississippi closed for business.

The river, which runs nearly 2,350 miles (3,782 kilometers) from Minnesota’s Lake Itasca. . .

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