Rail Investment Keeps U.S. Soy Competitive

Fertile soils in the heart of America – this is where farmers grow a majority of the nation’s soybeans. But with more than half the crop going to international customers every year, farmers’ ability to transport these soybeans thousands of miles to the coast for export is just as important as their ability to grow

U.S. Soy: Protecting the Total Package

It’s kind of amazing that one bean can be used to feed animals, cook food, power vehicles and make everyday products greener. U.S. soybeans don’t just do these things, but they do them better than most other feedstocks. U.S. soybeans are the most sustainable, highest-quality soybeans in the marketplace, with an abundant supply that can

U.S. Waterways Receive Boost

Growing U.S. soy exports emphasize importance of transportation system As predictions for 2014 soy exports continue to climb, the U.S. soy industry will rely even more on the U.S. transportation infrastructure to move U.S. soybeans, meal and oil to export position. The highways, railways and waterways in the United States give U.S. soybean farmers a

Animal Consumption Drives Higher U.S. Soy Exports to EU

Customers in the European Union (EU) depend on U.S. soybean farmers to maintain a consistent supply of soybean meal. Currently, they account for nearly 13 percent of total U.S. soybean meal exports. And that level is growing. Although U.S. soybean market share in the EU has declined over the last 30 years, U.S. soybean meal

Brazil Likely to Face Transport Challenges Again

By James Thompson It doesn’t matter who you are, $2.5 billion is a lot of money. So there’s no doubt Brazilian exporters, which are said to have lost about that much last year as a result of canceled orders and long delays in loading ships with Brazilian soybeans, are eager for change in 2014. An

Winter Weather Slows Soybean Shipments

Extreme winter weather has made it tough for the U.S. transportation infrastructure to ship this year’s soybean crop, according to the Soy Transportation Coalition (STC). Especially when you consider that roads, bridges and rails are already stressed by the large 2013 soybean and corn crop. The transportation industry and the soy sector have been digging

U.S. Soy on the Move

Throughout soybean harvest here in the United States, soybean farmers are making decisions on where to move this year’s crop. Three out of every four bushels harvested will go from the field to either on-farm storage or to the local elevator. The remaining 25 percent go directly to processors or export. All of these movements

Empty Shipping Containers Offer Opportunity for U.S. Soybean Exports

Exporting soybeans in shipping containers is an emerging, alternative transportation channel to reach foreign markets. Many packaged goods and raw materials imported from Asia and elsewhere around the world are shipped to the U.S. in intermodal containers, which can be carried by ship, train and truck without having to open them. In the past, thousands

Railroads’ Marks Improve on Checkoff-Funded Report Card

Railroads transport about 900 million bushels of U.S. soybeans each year, and this volume is expected to reach 1.4 billion bushels by 2020. A recent soy-checkoff-funded Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) report shows railroads are performing well under the increasing pressure. The fourth annual Railroad Report Card shows agricultural shippers are more satisfied with rail transport