Technology, Logistics, Top 100

Container Farms: A New Type of Agriculture

Forklift picks up container at Freight Farms production facility A forklift truck picks up a container at the Freight Farms production facility. (Freight Farms)

Innovators within the produce industry are breaking the boundaries of food production — by growing crops not in fields, but in recycled shipping containers.

Keegan Wiggins | Special to Transport Topics
August 20, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Senate Bill Would Ease HOS, ELD Demands for Ag Haulers

Livestock hauler Livestock hauler by David B./Flickr

A bipartisan group of senators recently introduced a bill that would relax both electronic logging device and hours-of-service requirements for livestock haulers.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 29, 2018
Government, Business

Tennessee Law Prohibits State Funds From Supporting ELD Enforcement of Ag Haulers

Tennessee's Haslam Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed the law April 18. (Mark Zaleski/Associated Press)

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a law April 18 that would prohibit state funds from being used to enforce electronic logging device regulations for certain agriculture-related hauls.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 19, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

Chao Stresses Continued Outreach to Ag Haulers on ELD, HOS Rules

DOT Secretary Elaine Chao HouseAppropsGOP via YouTube

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will continue to meet with and host briefings geared toward livestock haulers who are discontent with the electronic logging device rule, according to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 12, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

Spending Bill Includes Extension of ELD Exemption on Livestock

The U.S. Capitol The U.S. Capitol on March 21, 2018 (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

Motor carriers that haul livestock will be exempted from the federal electronic logging device mandate until Sept. 30 under language included in a $1.3 trillion omnibus funding measure the U.S. House of Representatives advanced March 22.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
March 21, 2018
Government, Business

FMCSA Gives Ag Haulers 90-Day Extension on Waiver From ELD Rule

An agriculture hauler leaves an orchard with a load An ag hauler moves almonds out of Linden, Calif. (Devine Intermodal)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced an additional 90-day temporary waiver from the electronic logging device rule for agriculture-related transportation.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 14, 2018
Government, Business

Agriculture Industry Eager for Action on Infrastructure

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall by Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics

WASHINGTON— The fate of American agriculture hinges upon the strength of the nation’s infrastructure, according to Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 24, 2018
Government, Business

Ag Industry, Ports Adjusting to Fast-Changing Landscape

WASHINGTON — The agricultural industry and the ports that serve it are simultaneously working to respond to an evolving business landscape that includes everything from making room at East Coast ports for Neopanamax containerships to serving overseas demand for fresh fish, industry experts said here.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
January 9, 2018

Agricultural Exports to Mexico Growing in 2017, Experts Say

Hay Exports USDA/Flickr

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that farm exports to China, Mexico and Canada have been strong over the past 12 months, although some transportation and logistics providers told Transport Topics that their volumes weren’t as strong as the federal data would suggest.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
December 6, 2017
Business, Logistics

Harvey Harms Cotton Output From Texas

Cotton modules sit before processing at the Gulf Coast Cooperative gin in the Nueces County of Bishop, Texas Eddie Seal/Bloomberg News

Several hundred thousand bales of cotton likely were lost in Texas due to Hurricane Harvey, delivering a blow not only to those who grow and sell the state’s main agricultural crop but also to the motor carriers that haul it.

Laurie Wiegler | Staff Reporter
September 7, 2017