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eNews • December 3, 2010
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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

How many bushels of soybeans can shipping containers accommodate?

TEU (“twenty foot equivalent unit”): 796 bushels

FEU (“forty foot equivalent unit”): 973 bushels

Soy Transportation Coalition Hosts STB Chairman Elliott on Grain Loading Tour

Soy Transportation Coalition Hosts STB Chairman Elliott on Grain Loading Tour

The Soy Transportation Coalition invited Chairman Daniel Elliott of the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to Iowa on Nov. 16 to tour Archer Daniels Midland’s soybean processing plant, located in Des Moines, and West Central Cooperative’s grain elevator, located near Ames. Afterward, members of the ag shipping industry had a chance to discuss with Elliott the issues affecting the industry.

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Soy Transportation Coalition publishes updated study on rail transportation of soybeans

Soy Transportation Coalition publishes updated study on rail transportation of soybeans

The Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) recently updated its annual report on the railroad transportation of soybeans and soy products – highlighting the significance of our nation’s railroads to the soybean industry. 

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St. Lawrence Seaway experiences boon in export grain traffic, USDOT says

St. Lawrence Seaway experiences boon in export grain traffic, USDOT says

During 2010’s first 10 months, grain exports have risen “sharply” through the St. Lawrence Seaway, increasing about 23 percent year over year to 1.9 million metric tons, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).  Overall, St. Lawrence Seaway traffic is up 17 percent, and ports in Duluth, Minn., Milwaukee and Toledo, Ohio, have registered sizable vessel traffic and tonnage gains. 

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Amtrak's biodiesel locomotive makes TIME's 'best invention of 2010' list

Amtrak's biodiesel locomotive makes TIME's 'best invention of 2010' list

What do Apple Inc.’s iPad, improved 3-D glasses and Amtrak’s new biodiesel locomotive have in common? All three made TIME magazine’s list of the “50 Best Inventions of 2010.”

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Maersk Reported Close to 18,000-TEU Ship Order

Maersk Reported Close to 18,000-TEU Ship Order

Maersk Line is close to placing an order for up to 20 container ships that would each be able to transport 18,000 20-foot ocean containers, breaking through industry standards for carrying capacity. The Danish carrier is negotiations with South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding on a contract that would be worth up to $2 billion, the Korea Economic Daily reported. 

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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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