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eNews • June 7, 2019
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The U.S. has 614,387 bridges, almost four in 10 of which are 50 years or older. 56,007 - 9.1% - of the nation's bridges were structurally deficient in 2016, and on average there were 188 million trips across a structurally deficient bridge each day.

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Soy Transportation Coalition and Panama Canal Authority extend partnership

Soy Transportation Coalition and Panama Canal Authority extend partnership

The Soy Transportation Coalition and the Panama Canal Authority recently extended the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two organizations. The agreement, signed by Mike Bellar, chairman of the Soy Transportation Coalition (STC), and Jorge L. Quijano, CEO of the Panama Canal Authority, extends the partnership between the two organizations to perform joint promotional events and exchange information in the effort to raise awareness of the Panama Canal's role as a key link in the agricultural supply chain.

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Flooding continues to disrupt barge traffic in U.S.

Flooding continues to disrupt barge traffic in U.S.

Severe storms and torrential rains have been relentless across the Great Plains for the past two weeks. Flooding reached major or record levels along the Arkansas River around the start of Memorial Day weekend, and it shows no signs of letting up any time soon. Farmers in the Midwest and ports on the Gulf Coast have been dealing with flooding since mid- to late March. FreightWaves reported on the effects of the flooding on rail lines and the oil markets. The extreme weather is also taking a toll on barges that carry hundreds of thousands of tons of grains - mainly corn, soybeans and wheat - to ports across the country.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards announces $20 million rail expansion at Port of Greater Baton Rouge

Gov. John Bel Edwards announces $20 million rail expansion at Port of Greater Baton Rouge

Gov. John Bel Edwards, joined by Port of Greater Baton Rouge and Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) officials, committed State of Louisiana capital outlay funds to complete a $20 million rail project that will enhance the transfer of corn, grain, soybeans and other commodities from Louisiana farmers to export vessels at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge in West Baton Rouge Parish.

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US agriculture exporters accelerate focus on Southeast Asia

US agriculture exporters accelerate focus on Southeast Asia

Containerized agricultural exports will remain the backhaul commodity of choice for ports and carriers for the foreseeable future, although market growth is shifting from Northeast Asia to Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent.

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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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