Alan Barrett

Director of Consulting
Farm Journal


U.S. Soy Exporters Capitalize on Changing Trade Patterns

Alan BarrettJul 12, 2019

Logistics for most products is a ratable service because the origination, destination and quantity shipped are all known. For agricultural goods and commodities in general,…


Brazil Rail Projects Impact Soybean Exports

Alan BarrettJul 4, 2019

On February 7, 2019, the Brazilian Supreme Court reinstated the National Land Transportation Agency’s (ANTT) authority to issue fines for anyone who does not pay…


Weaker Currency Offsetting Higher Brazilian Truck Freight Rates

Alan BarrettJul 2, 2019

One factor that will eventually help U.S. soybean farmers obtain a higher soybean price is higher Brazilian truck freight rates increasing the Brazilian soybean port…


Upper Mississippi River Open

Alan BarrettJun 29, 2019

As bad luck would have it, during the time period when the upper Mississippi River traditionally would open to barge traffic, the river reached flood…


Panama Canal Authority Lowering Draft to 43 Feet

Alan BarrettJun 25, 2019

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced that effective May 28, the maximum authorized draft for vessels transiting the canal’s Neopanamax locks will be 43 feet…


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Virginia Port Authority Deepening Waterways

Alan BarrettJun 22, 2019

In an ongoing effort to continually improve the U.S. transportation system, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Virginia Port Authority are proceeding with design…