Contributors

Alan Barrett

Director of Consulting
Farm Journal

Transportation

IMO 2020 Regulation Could Increase Diesel Cost

Alan BarrettSep 20, 2019

In 1973, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) enacted regulations to reduce pollution from marine and shipping operations. The International Maritime Organization’s new regulations (IMO 2020)…

Infrastructure

Soybean Barge Movements Slow

Alan BarrettSep 17, 2019

2019 has been a tough year for the barge industry and all producers of commodities that use the Inland Mississippi Waterways System. After Lock and…

Exports

Brazil Rail Projects Impacting Soybean Exports

Alan BarrettSep 13, 2019

Like the U.S., Brazil’s public roads and waterways are publicly funded. Unlike the U.S. where railroads fund much of its own track improvements, Brazil railroads…

Infrastructure

Barge Rates Muted

Alan BarrettSep 12, 2019

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), “the U.S. Inland Waterway System utilizes a percent of tariff system to establish…

Infrastructure

Truck Rates Declining in 2019

Alan BarrettSep 6, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grain Transportation Report indicates trucking cost per ton is down almost 9%, which is a welcome change from the…

Infrastructure

Crop Barge Movements Not Shifting to Rail

Alan BarrettSep 5, 2019

Lock and Dam 27 at Granite City, Illinois is below where the Illinois River joins the Mississippi River but above St. Louis, Missouri. In addition…