NELLES: How The Mississippi River Could Complicate U.S. Inflation.

What do agricultural products, fertilizer, oil, and coal have in common?They all travel on the Mississippi River to reach the consumers who use those commodities.The challenge is that the river is at historically low levels and the barges carrying these products cannot transit. Per Bloomberg, a drought has created low water levels that “are causing severe impacts to navigation not seen since 1988.”  Nearly all the Mississippi River basin, “from Minnesota through Louisiana, has seen below-normal rainfall since late August. The basin from St. Louis south has been largely dry for three months, according to the National Weather Service.” This