Contributors

Alan Barrett

Director of Consulting
Doane Advisory Services

Infrastructure

U.S. Rivers and Ports Receive Large Increase in Funding

Alan BarrettJan 22, 2020

The Gulf of Mexico and coastal ports are the ultimate location for U.S. imports and exports, and so those locations will consume dredging dollars reserved…

Infrastructure

Olmsted Lock and Dam Plans Proceeding

Alan BarrettJan 7, 2020

Well-functioning waterways are crucial to U.S. infrastructure and the timely, reliable delivery of U.S. soybeans. For the Olmsted Lock and Dam project, the next steps…

Infrastructure

Rail Raised Tariffs

Alan BarrettJan 2, 2020

The theory often floated by opponents of investing in the Inland Mississippi River System is that barge volume can easily be shifted to rail.  In…

Infrastructure

Secondary Rail Markets Increasing

Alan BarrettDec 23, 2019

Farmers in the Upper Plain states are dependent on rail service for soybean export shipments, as rail is the most efficient transportation mode in rural…

Transportation

Brazil’s Minimum Freight Rates are Being Negotiated

Alan BarrettDec 18, 2019

Approximately 60% of corn and soybeans in Brazil is transported by truck from origin to destination. As a result, truck freight rates play a major…

Infrastructure

Soybean Barge Rates at Three- and Five-Year Averages

Alan BarrettDec 14, 2019

Barge freight rates continue to remain near historic lows. [A detailed explanation of barge freight rate calculations is provided at the end of this article.]…