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eNews • January 7, 2011
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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

On average, 40 ft. containers shipped from Asia to the United States will be loaded with 10-12 metric tons of freight.  A container loaded with soybeans will weigh 25 metric tons.  Ocean vessels, as a result, cannot load soybeans or other agricultural products of similar weight into every container for the return trip.  Many containers would have to remain empty to keep the vessel from exceeding its weight limits.  

Soy Transportation Coalition Tours Panama Canal

Soy Transportation Coalition Tours Panama Canal

The board of directors of the Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) and other soybean industry leaders toured the Panama Canal in conjunction with the organization’s annual meeting on Dec. 15-16, 2010.  The purpose of the visit was to see firsthand the Panama Canal in operation as well as receive an update on the progress of the canal expansion project.

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Soy Transportation Coalition elects officers for 2011

Soy Transportation Coalition elects officers for 2011

The Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) announced its newly elected officers at its annual meeting on December 15.  Ed Ulch of Solon, Iowa, was elected Chairmain; Patrick Knouff of Minster, Ohio, was elected Vice Chairman; and Jerry Wyse of Haven, Kansas, was elected Secretary-Treasurer. 

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STB Rejects 'Double-Dipping' Claim against BNSF

STB Rejects 'Double-Dipping' Claim against BNSF

The Surface Transportation Board rejected a claim by agricultural shipper Cargill that BNSF Railway was "double-dipping" in how the carrier assessed fuel surcharges, but the STB will let Cargill pursue a related complaint that BNSF is taking in excessive profits from those fuel fees. 

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Short Line Tax Credit Extended

Short Line Tax Credit Extended

On Friday, December 17, President Barack Obama signed the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010, which included an extension of the short line tax credit for two years. 

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Begeman Nominated to STB

Begeman Nominated to STB

President Barack Obama recently announced his nomination of Ann Begeman to the Surface Transportation Board (STB).  If confirmed by the Senate, Begeman would succeed Charles (“Chip”) Nottingham, whose term expired on December 31, 2010. 

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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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