U.S. Ag Exports Continue During Pandemic

USSEC Staff Writer|Apr 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…


Flooding Concerns Remain for Next Couple of Months

Alan Barrett|Apr 1, 2020

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released the 2020 National Hydrologic Assessment report, which provides an extended forecast for water related issues. For farmers…


Safe Soybeans, Hazards to Crew: How COVID-19 is Impacting Trade

Alan Barrett|Mar 28, 2020

ProFarmer and Hellenic Shipper News reported that China’s soymeal futures are increasing as soybean crushers suspended operations due to a shortage of soybeans as the…


Barge Industry Consolidation

Alan Barrett|Mar 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…


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

Alan Barrett|Mar 16, 2020

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


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

Alan Barrett|Mar 12, 2020

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


Upper Mississippi River Set to Open in March

Alan Barrett|Mar 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…


Soybean Barge Rates at Three- and Five-Year Averages

Alan Barrett|Mar 10, 2020

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


Panama Canal Authority Announces Permanent Freshwater Surcharges

Alan Barrett|Mar 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…


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

Alan Barrett|Mar 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…