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

Carriers Benefit as California Agricultural Sector Rebounds

Truck Devine Intermodal

California’s drought of 2011 through 2015 didn’t just dry up the state’s harvests of crops such as almonds, grapes and oranges — it also dried up business for motor carriers.

Laurie Wiegler | Staff Reporter
July 20, 2017
Government, Business

Neglected Infrastructure Hinders Freight, Agricultural Sectors, Executives Say

Rural roadway in Rhode Island Rhode Island Department of Transportation

WASHINGTON — Congested and deteriorating roadways and inland ports as well as insufficient access to wireless communication in rural communities continues to impede commerce for freight and agricultural industries in farming areas, representatives from rural firms told lawmakers July 19.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
July 20, 2017
Government, Business

Agriculture Dept. Expected to Nearly Triple Truck-Borne Border Inspection Fee

The U.S. Agriculture Department is expected later this week to issue a final rule designed to recoup costs associated with animal and plant inspections by raising fees for all truck-borne imports by 187%.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 27, 2015

Agriculture Dept. Faces Broad Opposition over Plan to Triple Border-Inspection Fees

The U.S. Department of Agriculture heard strong opposition from transportation groups, members of Congress and the Canadian government in response to a plan to triple border-crossing inspection fees and to create a new fumigation fee.

August 4, 2014