Infrastructure
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…