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U.S. Agriculture Challenged by Aging Infrastructure

U.S. Agriculture Challenged by Aging Infrastructure

The Maritime Executive
By MarEx 2017-07-13 19:52:17

The Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC) has released its second in a series of White Papers that explores why national freight infrastructure must be improved.

The Vital Role of U.S. Transportation Infrastructure in Moving Agriculture Forward reviews the impact of deteriorating infrastructure on U.S. agricultural competitiveness in the global market, focusing as an example on soybeans grown in the state of Illinois.

The U.S. boasts more than 25,000 miles of coastal, intracoastal and inland waterways, which are essential to agriculture’s success, particularly for moving products to export. According to the American Waterway Operators (AWO), annual traffic on America’s inland navigation routes carries the equivalent of 58 million semi-truck trips each year.

Waterways are especially important for soybean producers, as 58 percent of U.S. soybean exports exit the country via the Mississippi River’s Gulf ports alone... FULL ARTICLE

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