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African Trade Exchange Highlights Growing Demand for U.S. Agricultural Products in the Region

Paul Murphy-SpoonerNov 19, 2020

Virtual meeting allowed sub-Saharan African customers of U.S. Soy to connect, learn from each other and facilitate trade opportunities.

Demand

Soybeans Rally on Pivot from Global Glut to Tightened Supplies

Julie DeeringOct 13, 2020

Spotlighting the global soybean complex and what’s happening in the United States, two soybean analysts breakdown the numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s October…

Economics

Market Intelligence Monthly – September 2020

Mac MarshallOct 7, 2020

For deeper analysis of soybean market developments during September, please enjoy U.S. Soy’s Market Intelligence Monthly report for September 2020.

Exports

U.S. Inland Waterways Contribute to Soybean Sustainability

USSEC Staff WriterSep 30, 2020

Barges on U.S. inland waterways contribute to the sustainability of U.S. soybeans.

Economics

Market Intelligence Monthly – August 2020

Mac MarshallSep 14, 2020

USSEC and USB VP of Market Intelligence Mac Marshall takes a look back at August 2020 to determine market dynamics and trends for the soy…

Demand

WASDE Supply and Demand Update: September 2020

Mac MarshallSep 14, 2020

USSEC/USB Vice President – Market Intelligence Mac Marshall was joined by Nagaraj Meda, Managing Director at TransGraph Consulting and Kevin Roepke, USSEC Regional Director –…

Exports

Investments in Mississippi River Dredging Improve Export Efficiency

American Soybean AssociationSep 2, 2020

The soy checkoff is investing in the planning, design, and analysis to dredge the lower Mississippi River to improve soybean export efficiency and serve global…

Infrastructure

WASDE Supply and Demand Update: August 2020

Mac MarshallAug 17, 2020

Mac Marshall, United Soybean Board Vice President of Market Intelligence, provided his take on the August 2020 WASDE report.

Demand

Market Intelligence Monthly – July 2020

Mac MarshallAug 13, 2020

USB VP Mac Marshall provides a breakdown of the July 2020 WASDE.

Infrastructure

U.S. Soy Details Value Chain Resiliency during Ag Talks Iowa Town Hall

Jen Del CarmenAug 11, 2020

USSEC CEO Jim Sutter took part in a virtual AgTalks town hall on July 30. He described collaboration across the ag industry during the pandemic…

Infrastructure

Dredging Project Readies Mississippi River for Efficient Soy Transportation

Paul Murphy-SpoonerAug 3, 2020

United Soybean Board-funded research is used to inform a dredging project in the Mississippi River, which will improve freight-based transportation of soybeans and create a…

Infrastructure

Barge Market Update

Alan BarrettJul 23, 2020

The Inland Mississippi River System, an important aspect of the U.S. transportation system, helps to ensure the reliable supply of U.S. Soy.

Infrastructure

The Resilience of U.S. Soy Trade in Uncertain Times

Eric WoodieJun 15, 2020

The U.S. soy trade is resilient, says Eric Woodie, trade analyst for the Illinois Soybean Association, pointing to reliable supply and transportation.

Demand

Long-Term World Soybean Outlook

Alan BarrettMay 27, 2020

Doane recently updated the International Agriculture Outlook report, which includes ten-year forecasts of harvested area, yield, production, utilization, per capita consumption and net trade of…

Exports

Delivery Process Helps Get U.S. Soy to Buyers

Alan BarrettMay 13, 2020

This piece explains the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT)’s delivery process.

Exports

Grains Go With The Flow: U.S. Inland Waterway System Operating Normally During COVID-19

U.S. Grains CouncilMay 11, 2020

The U.S. continues to ship agricultural commodities via waterways, including a reliable supply of soybeans, during the coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic.

Infrastructure

Pandemic Highlights Value of U.S. Soy

Gordon DennyMay 7, 2020

The U.S. remains the producer of a reliable supply of soybeans and soy products and maintains the advantages of U.S. soy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Demand

Parana River Levels Shifting Volumes to U.S.

Alan BarrettMay 5, 2020

Lower water levels along Argentina’s Parana River may limit that country’s exports and possibly boost U.S soybean sales.

Infrastructure

Why the Digital Divide Matters to All of Us, Right Now

Polly RuhlandApr 20, 2020

Even for the most fortunate of us, the past few weeks have been a period of dramatic disruption. Like many, I am adjusting to new…

Exports

Railways Keep U.S. Grains Chugging Down the Track to Export Market

U.S. Grains CouncilApr 16, 2020

The U.S. continues to ship agricultural commodities via railways, including a reliable supply of soybeans and soy products, during the coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic.

Infrastructure

La Nina Increasing Transportation Challenges

Alan BarrettApr 15, 2020

Doane’s Alan Barrett examines how La Nina could potentially affect the U.S. soy industry this year.

Infrastructure

Flooding Concerns to Remain into Planting Season

Alan BarrettApr 10, 2020

U.S. soybean farmers deal with flooding each spring, primarily along the Red, Mississippi, and Missouri Rivers.

Exports

U.S. Ag Exports Continue During Pandemic

USSEC Staff WriterApr 7, 2020

The novel coronavirus COVID-19 has slowed many industries in recent months. But U.S. farmers continue to grow a reliable supply of agricultural commodities – including…

Infrastructure

Barge Industry Consolidation

Alan BarrettMar 17, 2020

As predicted last year, the oversupply of barges and higher operational costs are taking a toll on barge companies and have led to American Commercial…

Infrastructure

Despite IMO, Ocean Freight Rates to Remain Below $50 per Metric Ton

Alan BarrettMar 16, 2020

Lower barge and ocean freight rates could be beneficial to the U.S. soy industry.

Infrastructure

Improvements to Port Milwaukee Agricultural Maritime Export Facility Will Enhance U.S. Soy’s Reliable Supply

Alan BarrettMar 12, 2020

Improvements to the Port of Milwaukee will add to U.S. Soy’s reliable supply, benefitting customers.

Infrastructure

Upper Mississippi River Set to Open in March

Alan BarrettMar 10, 2020

With the near record low barge rates, the barge industry is looking for some good news. The rivergage forecast for Lock and Dam 15 (Rock…

Infrastructure

Soybean Barge Rates at Three- and Five-Year Averages

Alan BarrettMar 10, 2020

A drop in barge rates is advantageous for U.S. soybean farmers.

Infrastructure

Panama Canal Authority Announces Permanent Freshwater Surcharges

Alan BarrettMar 6, 2020

How important is the Panama Canal to U.S. Soy? The U.S. is an agricultural surplus country dependent on exports. The Inland Mississippi River System plays…

Infrastructure

Improvements to Illinois, Upper Mississippi Rivers will Benefit U.S. Soy

Alan BarrettMar 1, 2020

The inland Mississippi River system plays a major role in transporting U.S. grains and oilseeds, especially soybeans. The inland Mississippi River system is comprised of…

Exports

Argentina Halts New Export Licenses as Higher Taxes Loom

Rob HatchettFeb 27, 2020

The Argentine government temporarily froze the registration of new grain and oilseed export licenses on February 26, potentially affecting U.S. and global soy supply chains.

Infrastructure

Brazil’s Minimum Freight Rates May be Ruled Unconstitutional

Alan BarrettFeb 26, 2020

A possible truckers’ strike in Brazil could potentially affect the U.S. soy industry.

Infrastructure

Barge Industry Consolidation

Alan BarrettFeb 18, 2020

Barge industry consolidation will affect the U.S. soy industry in 2020.

Exports

Paving of BR-163 Improves Brazil Northern Arc Ports

Alan BarrettFeb 7, 2020

Improvements to Brazilian infrastructure could potentially affect the U.S. soy industry.

Infrastructure

Truck Rates Increasing After Long Fall

Alan BarrettFeb 6, 2020

Truck capacity is booked either by spot market or through a contract rate. The spot rate is the market rate, while the contract rate is…

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…

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.]…

Infrastructure

Ocean Freight Rates to Remain Near $50 per Metric Ton

Alan BarrettDec 7, 2019

The U.S. is a soybean surplus country dependent on exports, particularly from the Center Gulf. Brazil’s soybean exports limits the United States’ ability to pass…

Infrastructure

Increase in Truck Capacity is Decreasing Truck Rates

Alan BarrettDec 3, 2019

In 2018, the impact of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate in tandem with a strong U.S. economy translated into a lack of truck capacity…

Infrastructure

Soybean Barge Movements Well Above 2019

Alan BarrettNov 29, 2019

Outside of a surging crude oil market, 2019 was a very tough year for the barge industry. Coal is the largest commodity in terms of…

Infrastructure

Canadian National Railway on Strike

Alan BarrettNov 22, 2019

Canada relies on its two main railways to move products from the Prairies to British Columbia.  The Canadian National Railway (CN) Western Canadian Grain Report…

Infrastructure

Brazil Southern Ports Improving to Meet Northern Arc Challenge

Alan BarrettNov 3, 2019

The northern arc of ports is allowing Brazil to increase its grain export capacity without the traditional long delays in getting the grain to the…

Infrastructure

Port of Virginia Completes Renovation

Alan BarrettSep 27, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that nearly 16% of U.S. containerized grain exports move through the Port of Virginia. The two-year renovation and…

Infrastructure

Columbia Snake River System Closed at Bonneville

Alan BarrettSep 24, 2019

Bonneville Lock & Dam, built and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was the first federal lock and dam on the Columbia Snake…

Infrastructure

USDA Quantifies Impact of Aging Inland Waterways Infrastructure

The Maritime ExecutiveSep 18, 2019

An important component of the U.S. Soy Advantage is its consistent supply. The U.S. supply chain is one of the most reliable in the world,…

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…

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…

Infrastructure

Ocean Bulk Fleet Expanding

Alan BarrettAug 30, 2019

Second quarter 2019 ocean freight rates for shipping bulk grains were lower than last year, but 4 percent higher than the first quarter.  Despite the…

Infrastructure

River Conditions Continue to Challenge U.S. Soy Exports

Alan BarrettAug 23, 2019

According to The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Center for Environmental Information, the first five months of 2019 saw the most precipitation since…

Infrastructure

Infrastructure Investment Helps Keep U.S. Soy Shipping Costs Down

Alan BarrettAug 13, 2019

Few public investments provide more economic development than a public port.  For example, operating as the major grain logistics tenant at the Port of Greater…

Infrastructure

U.S. Soybean Container Exports Increasing

Alan BarrettAug 2, 2019

A major focus of U.S. ports is to increase the depth of the waterways to increase the size of container vessels that can call on…

Infrastructure

Crop Barge Movements Still Below Normal

Alan BarrettJul 26, 2019

After being closed from March 16 through June 20 due to flooding, Lock and Dam 15 at the Quad Cities on the upper Mississippi River…

Infrastructure

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…

Infrastructure

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…

Infrastructure

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…

Infrastructure

U.S. Flooding: Comparing 1993 to 2019

Alan BarrettJun 18, 2019

The 2019 flood conditions have been much worse than 1993, but because the levees have held up significantly better, the 2019 flood is not receiving…

Infrastructure

Argentina Labor Strike Shuts Key Port as Political Unrest Lingers

Rob HatchettJun 11, 2019

Labor unions in Argentina organized a 24-hour strike on Wednesday, May 29 that resulted in grounded flights, halted public transportation, limited hospitals to emergency care…

Infrastructure

Brazil Amps Up Logistics Plans

Alan BarrettJun 8, 2019

One could argue that China, India, and developing Asia (Asian Growth Center) would not have improved as much as they have without the natural resources…

Infrastructure

World Iron Ore Supply Issues Helping U.S. Farmers

Alan BarrettJun 1, 2019

The U.S. is a soybean surplus country that is dependent on exports. Due to Asia being an extremely long distance from the U.S., ocean freight…

Infrastructure

Western Canada Port Strike a Possibility

Alan BarrettMay 29, 2019

Will a port strike in Western Canada have a positive or negative impact on the U.S. market? Likely, a strike will not have much of…

Infrastructure

Mississippi River Flooding Impacts on Cash Basis is Currently Limited

Alan BarrettMay 14, 2019

The inland Mississippi River system plays a major role in transporting commodities, especially soybeans and corn. When comparing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Iowa…

Infrastructure

Upper Mississippi River Closing Extended as Flooding Continues

Alan BarrettMay 13, 2019

Farmers and merchandisers located in areas at flood levels that needed to market crops in March and April have been harmed by the limitations placed…

Infrastructure

Higher Truck Freight Rates in Brazil Spurring Investment

Alan BarrettMay 12, 2019

The Minimum Freight Rate Table (MFRT) established to end the Brazilian truckers’ strike in 2018 allows carriers to charge from 50 to 300 percent more…

Infrastructure

Truck Capacity Availability Improving in 2019

Alan BarrettMay 8, 2019

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) estimates the U.S. has approximately 3.5 million Class 8 trucks (semi tractor-trailers) operating with over 5.7 million commercial drivers. More…

Infrastructure

High Water Persists but Barge Rates Falling

Alan BarrettMay 4, 2019

The Mississippi River continues to have high water levels disrupting barge traffic. The opening of the upper Mississippi River for commercial traffic continues to be…

Infrastructure

Brazilian Government Supports Higher Freight Rates

Alan BarrettApr 30, 2019

With Brazilian corn and soybean crops’ estimated crop size continually increasing, the importance of the Minimum Freight Rate Table (MFRT) also continues to rise. In…

Infrastructure

Key Brazilian Bridge Collapses

Alan BarrettApr 23, 2019

A portion of a bridge over the Moju River in the state of Para, Brazil collapsed in early April when it was hit by a…

Infrastructure

High Water Limiting U.S. Agricultural Exports

Alan BarrettApr 11, 2019

The current flooding taking place in the upper Midwestern United States sheds light on the U.S. waterways system and the need for infrastructure investment. The…

Infrastructure

U.S. Soy Undergoes Sound, Proven, and Accountable Grading Process

North Dakota Soybean CouncilApr 8, 2019

Repeated quality and quantity assessments hold U.S. Soy to the highest standard of measurement. This video from the North Dakota Soybean Council details how stringent…

Infrastructure

Highway BR-163 in Northern Brazil Reopened; Issues Remain

Alan BarrettApr 3, 2019

Talk of improving Brazil’s highway system has long been a topic of interest as it would improve their competitiveness in the world market. Although 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…

Infrastructure

A Localized Supply Chain in a Global Marketplace: Soybean Farmers Explore Innovative Option for Containerized Shipping on Inland Waterways

Soy Transportation CoalitionDec 4, 2018

In the midst of a dynamic and uncertain global marketplace, it is incumbent upon soybean farmers to explore any innovation that offers the potential for…

Animal Feed

Who is U.S. Soy?

Karen PfautschSep 18, 2018

Soy is an important commodity. A source of protein, and oil, too. Most commonly an ingredient used in animal feed, salad dressing and thousands of…

Infrastructure

Railroads Essential to U.S. Soy Advantage

Mike SteenhoekAug 22, 2018

Consistent supply is crucial to international soy buyers, and U.S. Soy delivers. The U.S. relies on a strong infrastructure system, including railways to get U.S.…

Infrastructure

Bridging Supply and Demand: Soy Transportation Coalition Helps Farmers Move U.S. Soy Abroad

Mike SteenhoekMay 17, 2018

Mike Steenhoek is the executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition, a farmer-funded, farmer-led initiative that works to promote a transportation system that is cost-effective,…

Infrastructure

U.S. Soy’s Transportation Costs: A Competitive Advantage

Chris KrullMay 5, 2018

Thanks to our more efficient infrastructure of highways, rivers, rails and ports, it is far less expensive to ship soybeans from the United States than…

Infrastructure

Bridging Supply and Demand: Soy Transportation Coalition Helps Farmers Move U.S. Soy Abroad

Lisa HumphreysApr 19, 2018

Mike Steenhoek is the executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition, a farmer-funded, farmer-led initiative that works to promote a transportation system that is cost-effective,…

Infrastructure

U.S. Infrastructure is a Smooth, Efficient, Operating System

Jayne GodfreyApr 10, 2018

Jay O’Neil is a senior agricultural economist and instructor with the International Grains Program (IGP) at Kansas State University. With 43 years of experience in…

Exports

Deep Dive: Global Infrastructure Comparison by the Numbers

Jayne GodfreyApr 4, 2018

Farm to Market Report Shares The U.S. Soy Transportation Advantage Because 60 percent of U.S. soy is exported abroad, efficient transportation plays a vital part…

Buyers

USDA Trade Policy Coordinator Emphasizes the Importance of Trade to the World Economy

Jen Del CarmenMar 31, 2018

In August 2017, Jason Hafemeister was acting deputy director for trade and foreign affairs with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). After meeting with international…

Infrastructure

ED ZANINELLI, President, Griffin Creek Consulting

Jen Del CarmenFeb 6, 2018

Superior infrastructure and timely delivery make up one part of the U.S. Soy Advantage. Ed Zaninelli explains how the shipping industry helps the U.S. Soy…

Infrastructure

Grain Trains Get U.S. Soy to Markets Effectively and Efficiently

Jason JenkinsJan 22, 2018

Reliability is an essential component of the U.S. Soy Advantage. Getting soybeans to market in a timely manner helps contribute to the reliability of U.S.…

Buyers

U.S. Transportation System: Delivering Quality Soy

USB Staff WriterDec 10, 2017

U.S. Soy has a leg up on the competition because of our robust transportation infrastructure – and we can use that advantage to better meet…

Demand

U.S. Soybean Farmers Rely on Trade for Economic Stability

USSEC Staff WriterSep 28, 2017

Jason Hafemeister, Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Trade & Foreign Agricultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), speaks about the importance of bringing…

Buyers

On-site at Puerto Progresso

Lisa HumphreysSep 11, 2017

On-site at Puerto Progresso, Merida – Yucatan Mexico, USSEC consultant Mark Anderson talks about the role that the reliable transportation of U.S. Soy plays in…

Buyers

You Want Quality When Buying U.S. Soybeans – USDA Ensures That’s Exactly What You Get

Chris KrullAug 29, 2017

Byron Reilly, director of Departmental Initiatives and International Affairs within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), helps oversee the quality and sanitary attributes of…

Infrastructure

ERIC POWELL, Importance of Reliable Container Transportation and Reliable Infrastructure

Lisa HumphreysAug 1, 2017

Eric Powell, manager, intermodal and economic development, Indiana Railroad Company, spoke about the importance of reliable container transportation and a reliable infrastructure at the 2016…

Exports

Transportation: U.S. versus Brazil

USB Staff WriterJan 6, 2016

How Brazil's infrastructure makes delivery costly and unsustainable