Transportation

Congress Passes Waterways Bills

This week the House and Senate acted on bills that address annual funding of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers waterways functions and the biannual reauthorization of the inland waterways programs.  These are bills supported by the American Soybean Association (ASA), to continue the progress toward updating our inland waterways infrastructure that is vital to the … Read More »

BNSF Meeting Overviews Impact of Trade Issues on Rail System

American Soybean Association (ASA) board members Bill Gordon (MN) and Kevin Scott (SD), along with ASA staff, participated in the BNSF Ag Rail Business Council meeting in Washington, D.C. this week. The council is a forum for dialogue between BNSF and their ag customers. A significant topic of discussion at the meeting this week was … Read More »

Soybean Industry Plays Leading Role in Ag Transportation Summit

The soybean family had a large and leading presence at this week’s Agricultural Transportation Summit, which provided a deep dive into issues covering all modes of transportation, including inland waterways, ports, rail and trucking. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was the keynote speaker and stressed the vital role that transportation plays in the competitiveness … Read More »

Senate Passes Appropriations Bill Funding Waterways Infrastructure

The U.S. Senate this week passed its version of the FY19 Energy & Water Appropriations bill, which includes funding for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers waterways programs. The Energy & Water Appropriations bill was part of a package of appropriations bills that passed by a vote of 86 to 5.  The Senate bill provides for full … Read More »

House Passes Water Resources Development Act

Late Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a 2018 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) reauthorization bill by a vote of 408-2. WRDA provides for improvements to the nation’s ports, inland waterways, locks, dams, flood protection, ecosystem restoration and other water resources infrastructure, which allow soybean farmers to transport their crop and remain competitive in … Read More »

Unions, Ports Reach Tentative Deal

The International Longshore Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) have reached a tentative six-year contract to avoid disruptions of Gulf and East Coast port operations. The new deal was reached nearly three months before the current contract expires on Sept. 30, 2018. The agreement is still subject to ratification by both parties and … Read More »

Senate Committee Approves Record Infrastructure Funding

Both the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee marked up and passed their 2018 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) bills this week–with the Senate committee sending its $43.77 billion bill, including the largest ever funding level for Corps of Engineers, to the full chamber by a 30-1 vote. Both the … Read More »

Soy Growers Urge Representatives to Sign Onto Waterways Infrastructure Funding Letter

Upgrading inland waterways infrastructure is a top priority for soybean farmers, and this week the American Soybean Association (ASA) urged growers to ask their representatives to sign onto the Dear Colleague letter circulating the U.S. House of Representatives. The letter urged support of dedicating a portion of federal revenues generated from hydropower sales to the … Read More »

Electronic Logging Device Requirements Delayed

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently announced another 90 day extension on the deadline for livestock haulers to comply with the electronic logging device (ELD) requirements. Subsequently, in the Omnibus Appropriations bill passed by Congress last week, a provision was included to prevent DOT from enforcing the ELD mandate through the end of the … Read More »

Soy Growers Discuss Trade, RFS and More on Capitol Hill

Farmer leaders on the board of the American Soybean Association (ASA) met in Washington, D.C. this week to discuss issues impacting the soybean industry and meet with members of Congress to advocate on the priority issues on behalf of more than 300,000 U. S. soybean farmers. Priority issues included trade, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), … Read More »