Dredging the Mighty Mississippi: Why only 5 feet measure up

  As the soybean industry faces ongoing threats, including international tariffs, options to increase profitability have been fiercely pursued. This includes making strategic investments in infrastructure to allow production to be more cost-effective and to reliably access international customers. U.S. soybean farmers rely on a multi-modal transportation system comprised of rural roads and bridges, highways … Read More »

Keep on Trucking: Mississippi Producer Sees Transportation Challenges as Opportunity

There are two main reasons why Willard Jack advocates for the best soybean transportation possible. The first-generation farmer from Belzoni, Miss. and chairman of the family’s Silent Shade Planting Co. grows 12,000 acres of irrigated soybeans, cotton, rice, corn, wheat and peanuts that all need to find a home in local mills or nearby export … Read More »

The Hard Cost of Bad Infrastructure

It is either a facilitator of farmer profitability or an impediment to it. The multi-modal transportation system consisting of rural roads and bridges, highways and interstates, freight railroads, the inland waterway system and ports allows individual soybean farmers—often located 1,000 to 1,500 miles from our nation’s export regions—to be among the most international of enterprises. The condition of each mode and farmer proximity to it significantly determines whether an operation is profitable. After all, a viable soybean industry is not simply a function of abundant supply or robust demand. It also is a function of connectivity between supply and demand. Our transportation infrastructure provides that connectivity. … Read More »

The Hard Cost of Bad Infrastructure