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Apr 27, 2010

USDA - Agricultural Transportation Assessment Report Sent to Congress

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a press release on 27 April 2010 to announce the publication of a comprehensive report on agricultural transportation in the United States.  As noted in the photo to the left, the title of this study is "Study of Rural Transportation Issues."  It covers four major modes of transportation including truck, rail, barge, and ocean vessel.  Publication of the report was mandated by the 2008 Farm Bill.

According to Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, "Agriculture is the largest user of freight transportation in the United States, with 31 percent of all ton-miles recorded in 2007 being used in the movement of agricultural products.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood added that this report is part of the Obama admininstration's National Export Initiative, targetted at doubling U.S. exports within the next five years.

The report examines:
  • the dramatic effect of deregulation on the rail industry
  • a growing gap for funding the inland waterways and highway systems
  • availability of containers and ocean vessel capacity
  • the infrastructure that may be needed to support a projected increase in biofuel transportation.

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