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Monday 08/20/12

Costs and Gains of Infrastructure Upgrades for Grain, Soybeans
The United Soybean Board released a study Monday by Informa Economics looking at the flow of agricultural commodities to market and the increasing challenges due to the inability of states and the federal government to spend more on roads, highways, locks and dams, and ports. As the report's executive summary points out, "The U.S. transportation infrastructure system is rapidly deteriorating."[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:12PM CDT 08/20/12 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
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USDA's August 16, 2012 Grain Transportation Report states; "President Obama Announces Renovation Projects at Five Ports On July 19, President Obama unveiled seven infrastructure projects to take place at five ports on the Atlantic seaboard. The affected ports are Floridaâ?™s Ports of Miami and Jacksonville, the Port of Savannah in Georgia, the Port of Charleston in South Carolina, and the Port of New York-New Jersey. Most projects will deepen harbor channels; a new intermodal facility is planned at the Port of Jacksonville. The 7 projects are the first of 43 projects identified as having national or regional significance; additional projects are expected in the near future. All seven projects are designed to accommodate the Post-Panamax vessels that will pass through the expanded Panama Canal beginning 2014. While these ports handle small volumes of grain, they may become important if there are long disruptions on the Mississippi River. President Obama also announced a new White House-led task force on ports." These project might help the eastern corn belt but not much for the Mississippi River. A shift seems to be occuring.
Posted by Freeport IL at 6:39PM CDT 08/20/12
One cause of neglect and the lack of upgrades is unions fighting each other. Such as, overland transportation unions would launch an all-out lobbying effort against any attempt to improve the river system.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 5:18AM CDT 08/25/12
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