Contributors

Alan Barrett

Director of Consulting
Farm Journal

Soybean Oil

Soy Oil Suppliers’ Profits Threatened by Booming U.S. Crude Oil Production

Alan BarrettMar 20, 2019

The availability and steady cost of transportation equipment is often taken for granted. A major cost increase in transportation equipment can surprise suppliers because the…

Infrastructure

Ocean Freight Rate Declines, Helping U.S. Farmers

Alan BarrettMar 17, 2019

As a soybean surplus country, exports are important to the U.S., making it critical that the country continues to improve its transportation system to accommodate…

Infrastructure

Harsh Winter Impacts Barge Rates and Basis Levels

Alan BarrettMar 11, 2019

When transportation infrastructure experiences issues, people pay attention. On a positive note, disruptions provide concrete demonstrations as to how the waterway system impacts farmers’ cash…

Infrastructure

Superior Logistics: U.S. Soy Industry Benefits from Olmsted Locks and Dam on Ohio River

Alan BarrettMar 7, 2019

In October 2018, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Louisville District opened the long-awaited Olmsted Locks and Dam on the Ohio River, a major river artery…

Transportation

River Conditions Impact the Movement of U.S. Soybeans

Alan BarrettMar 1, 2019

The inland Mississippi River system plays a major role in transporting commodities, especially soybeans. The inland Mississippi River system is comprised of navigable waterways that…