Tag Archives: transportation

Frustrated ag exporters face continued shipping challenges

From the Capital Press Agricultural exporters and shipping industry leaders had a heated exchange at the Agriculture Transportation Coalition’s virtual convention. Each group — carriers, port leaders and exporters — expressed frustration at the continued challenges that have afflicted the global shipping industry since COVID-19 first hit in late 2019. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Senate passes bipartisan infrastructure bill

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Earlier today, the U.S. Senate passed a historic infrastructure bill after several months of negotiations. The roughly $1 trillion bipartisan bill was passed by a vote of 69 to 30, receiving strong bipartisan support, and includes $550 billion in new investments in critical infrastructure. In addition to the new infrastructure funding, this legislation ... Read More »

Infrastructure bill clears Senate hurdle

From agweb.com A month after President Biden stood in front of the White House announcing an infrastructure deal, language of the $1 trillion bipartisan bill defeated the obstacles of Washington and made its way through the Senate. The bipartisan U.S. Senate members cleared a procedural vote on a possible infrastructure bill Wednesday with a 67-32 vote. It marks the first procedural ... Read More »

Bill makes Washington DOT fund county weed control

From the Capital Press A bill stemming partly from the Washington Department of Transportation’s refusal to fund county weed-control districts was signed Monday by Gov. Jay Inslee. House Bill 1355 clarifies that state agencies must pay weed-control assessments. The transportation department had declined, an example that farm groups worried would spread to other public landowners. Read the rest of the ... Read More »

Rail Merger Proposals Should Improve Competition, Hold Down Wheat Shipping Rates

From U.S. Wheat Associates On March 21, 2021, Canadian Pacific (CP) Railways announced a $25 billion plan to merge with Kansas City Southern (KCS), calling it a “transformative” remake of the freight-rail industry. The proposed new railroad would be the first U.S.-Mexico-Canada-linked rail line. Not to be out-done, Canadian National Railway (CN) began talks with KCS in late April, saying ... Read More »

America’s forgotten marine highway network that could green global freight transport

From Forbes U.S. freight transport is forecast to grow by 40% over the next two decades. The rapid growth of e-commerce, accelerated by more first time users during the coronavirus pandemic, could push this demand even further. Yet, 70% of all cargo in the U.S. is transported via road. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

WRDA bill advances in Congress

House bill would increase investment in inland waterways, flood-control projects From DTN The next bill detailing investments for locks and dams and other inland waterways investments passed out of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday. The Water Resources Development Act of 2020 authorizes the Army Corps of Engineers to begin construction on 34 pending water-infrastructure projects and authorizes ... Read More »