Tag Archives: transportation

Washington gas prices top US as carbon fee takes hold

From the Capital Press Washington has moved past California to have the most expensive gasoline in the U.S., a surge coinciding with Washington’s cap-and-trade carbon fee almost doubling California’s. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

CP-KCS Merger Approval Disappoints National Wheat

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) are disappointed that the Surface Transportation Board (STB) has approved Canadian Pacific Railway’s merger with Kansas City Southern Railroad. In public comments submitted to the STB on the proposed sale in February 2022, USW said the market power held by the Class I railroads has serious implications for ... Read More »

Legislation Supports Barge Transportation And Lower Snake River Dams

From U.S. Wheat Associates A coalition of U.S. farm and food industry groups recently expressed support for a bipartisan Congressional agreement that, in part, maintains navigational access to the Lower Snake River Dams. The Agricultural Transportation Working Group noted that the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022 helps protect U.S. agriculture’s dependence on comprehensive transportation system including inland waterways ... Read More »

America faces possible rail strike

From CNN America faces a growing risk of a crippling national freight rail strike in two weeks. The rank-and-file members of the nation’s largest rail union, which represents the industry’s conductors, rejected a tentative labor deal with freight railroads, the union announced Monday. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Potential rail strike back on the table

From the Capital Press Not quite a month after a national rail strike was averted, the possibility of a walkout has been resurrected. Railroads and 12 labor unions had reached tentative contracts, but now one union has voted against ratifying its agreement. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Agriculture welcomes tentative rail agreement

From the Capital Press The nation’s agriculture industry breathed a sigh of relief after railroads and labor unions reached a tentative contract and averted a rail strike — just one day before the deadline. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Wheat growers applaud rail agreement

From the National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) applaud the tentative agreement reached between the railroads and rail union representatives that averts a rail shutdown ahead of Friday’s deadline. The agreement provides rail employees a 24 percent wage increase during the five-year period between 2020 ... Read More »

Wheat Growers encouraged by House passage of water resources bill

Efforts to protect lower Snake River dams critical to wheat industry The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) is encouraged by the U.S. House of Representatives’ bipartisan passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022 (H.R. 7776), which continues robust investments in U.S. waterways infrastructure that allow wheat growers to safely and efficiently move our products to consumers ... Read More »

Labor talks begin amid port problems; experts cautiously optimistic

From the Capital Press Contract negotiations between the longshoremen’s union and container terminal owners along the West Coast have begun amid port congestion problems that are already crippling farm exports. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Rail letter details ag issues

A letter authored by the National Grain and Feed Association has been sent to the Surface Transportation Board, White House and Congress detailing freight issues agricultural shippers and receivers have been having with several Class I railroads. The letter is signed by the organization’s Agricultural Transportation Working Group (ATWG). “The current inability of several Class I carriers to provide reliable ... Read More »