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eNews • May 4, 2018
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A Recipe for Cost Overruns and Project Delays: STC Research Highlights Nation's Approach to Funding Locks and Dams

A Recipe for Cost Overruns and Project Delays: STC Research Highlights Nation's Approach to Funding Locks and Dams

The condition of the nation's inland waterway system continues to remain a priority for U.S. soybean farmers. Last year, 97.2 million tons of soybeans and grain were transported via the system - connecting farmers with international customers. A high percentage of the nation's navigable rivers require a system of locks and dams to cost-effectively and efficiently provide the linkage between soybean and grain production regions and export facilities. Many of these locks and dams have been allowed to degrade and, as a result, they no longer provide confidence that soybean and grain shipments via the inland waterways will be reliably transported. If allowed to continue, international competitiveness of the U.S. soybean and grain farmer will decline.

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Grain barge tonnage below average

Grain barge tonnage below average

Through April 21, calendar year-to-date grain barge tonnages through the locking portions of the Mississippi, Ohio, and Arkansas rivers were 9.1 million tons, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported.

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Freight Railroads Get Boost from Tight Trucking Markets

Freight Railroads Get Boost from Tight Trucking Markets

Freight railroads are capitalizing on a historically tight trucking market as companies move more shipments from highways to rails.

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The Soy Transportation Coalition is comprised of thirteen state soybean boards, the American Soybean Association, and the United Soybean Board. The National Grain and Feed Association and the National Oilseed Processors Association serve as ex-officio members of the organization.

Soy Transportation Coalition
1255 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy., Ankeny, Iowa 50023
Phone: (515) 727-0665 Fax (515) 251-8657
Email msteenhoek@soytransportation.org
Web www.soytransportation.org

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