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eNews • February 3, 2012
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Top World Container Ports (2010) 

*TEU = “twenty foot equivalent unit.” A standard container size that can be loaded and sealed onto ships, railroad cars, trucks, and planes. The dimensions of a TEU are 20 ft (length) x 8 ft (width) x 9 ft (height). The maximum gross mass for a dry cargo TEU is 52,910 lb: 47,770 lb (net load) + 5,140 lb (empty container weight). A TEU can accommodate 796 bushels of soybeans. Source: World Shipping Council

Crumbling Locks and Dams Endanger Farmer Profitability

Crumbling Locks and Dams Endanger Farmer Profitability

Deteriorating condition of the U.S. lock and dam system puts the competiveness of U.S. soybean farmers at risk according to a soybean checkoff-funded study.  The study, “America’s Locks & Dams: A Ticking Time Bomb for Agriculture,” highlights how farmers “…will suffer severe economic distress” if catastrophic U.S. lock and dam failures take place.

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House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passes legislation without semi weight, size increases

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passes legislation without semi weight, size increases

In the early morning of Friday, Feb. 3, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed the “American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act,” a $260 billion bill that proposes to fund transportation programs over five years.

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China Production Advantage Erodes as US, Mexico Gain

China Production Advantage Erodes as US, Mexico Gain

The cost advantage of manufacturing products in low-cost manufacturing locations in Asia will erode in comparison to the U.S. and Mexico in 2012, according to a new report by global consultancy AlixPartners.

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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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