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eNews • May 6, 2011
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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

What kind of savings would soybean farmers realize if semi weight limits were raised from 80,000 lbs to 97,000 lbs - given the addition of a sixth axle? 

A 97,000 lb semi would accommodate 183 additional bushels of soybeans per truck load.  Soybean farmers could expect $1.2 million in fuel savings when diesel prices are $2 per gallon and $2.5 million in savings when diesel is $4 per gallon.  The reduced number of deliveries could result in farmers gaining an entire day of productivity if semi weight limits are increased.

Source: Soy Transportation Coalition analysis, "Heavier Semis: A Good Idea?”   

Begeman sworn in as STB Vice Chairman

Begeman sworn in as STB Vice Chairman

Ann D. Begeman was sworn in May 2, 2011 as a member of the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, bringing two decades of experience in transportation policy to the Board. 

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Brazilian government plans to complete $3.38 billion railroad by 2013

Brazilian government plans to complete $3.38 billion railroad by 2013

Brazil's federal government aims to complete the 5.42bn-real (US$3.38 billion) Transnordestina railroad by 2013, President Dilma Rouseff recently announced. 

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Martin Leaving as CEO of Waterways Council

Martin Leaving as CEO of Waterways Council

Cornel Martin is resigning as president and CEO of Waterways Council Inc., a trade association for the inland marine barge towing industry and its ports, and will depart at the end of June.

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Obama Won't Sacrifice Infrastructure for Deficit

Obama Won't Sacrifice Infrastructure for Deficit

President Obama drew a line against slashing transportation upgrade programs to cut the federal budget deficit, less than two weeks after he struck a deal with the Republican House speaker that left transport analysts wondering.

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The Soy Transportation Coalition is comprised of thirteen state soybean boards, the American Soybean Association, and the United Soybean Board. The National Grain and Feed Association and the National Oilseed Processors Association serve as ex-officio members of the organization.

Soy Transportation Coalition
1255 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy., Ankeny, Iowa 50023
Phone: (515) 727-0665 Fax (515) 251-8657
Email msteenhoek@soytransportation.org
Web www.soytransportation.org

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