ASA Positions

  • A strong supply chain represents the largest competitive advantage for American soybean farmers over our competitors in Brazil and Argentina.
  • ASA strongly supports investment in our port, inland waterways, rail and highway infrastructure as a means to strengthen the competitiveness of American farmers.
  • ASA will work to ensure soybean industry priorities, such as upgrades to locks and dams, ports, and harbors are included in any large-scale infrastructure funding initiatives.
  • We support annual Energy and Water Appropriations bills that fulfill WRRDA commitments for increased funding for projects and operations & maintenance of our ports and inland waterways infrastructure.
  • ASA supports timely implementation of reforms included in the Surface Transportation Board reauthorization enacted in 2015 that aim to improve rail oversight and provide a more balanced playing field for shippers with rail rate disputes and service issues.

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Issues Background

Waterways: Energy & Water Appropriations

The successful policy changes achieved in the 2014 Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA) must continue to be reflected in the annual Energy & Water appropriations bills. Following are the FY2017 funding requests advocated by ASA and our partners in the waterways industry:

Appropriate the highest level of funding that can be supported by the inland waterway barge fuel fee revenues received into the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF).  It is estimated that the trust fund can support an appropriation of $390 million in FY17. House and Senate Committee passed bills both call for “full use” of IWTF revenues.

Provide at least $3.1 billion for the Corps of Engineers’ Operations & Maintenance (O&M) account. House and Senate Committee passed bills provide $3.15 and $3.17 billion.

Increase funding for the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) for maintenance and construction of ports and harbors. House and Senate Committee bills provide 1.26 and 3.1 billion respectively.

Provide a total of $10 million from the Investigations account of the Corps of Engineers to be allocated to continue pre-construction engineering and design (PED) for the Navigation &

Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP) – Upper Mississippi River & Illinois Waterway

System as authorized in Title VIII of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007.

Infrastructure Initiatives

Policymakers often express support for increasing investment in infrastructure. Various proposals are being discussed on how to generate funding for infrastructure improvements and what types of projects to include.  ASA urges policymakers to include waterways in any discussions or proposals that would provide significant funding and investments in infrastructure. Highways, bridges, locks and dams, harbors and port facilities all need major investment to maintain and increase global competitiveness of U.S. agricultural products. ASA specifically supports providing $8.7 billion for projects already authorized by Congress to modernize and upgrade the inland waterways system.


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