November 24, 2014

The Edge on Soy Transportation

Traditionally, the U.S. transportation system that has carried commodities from farm to market has been the best in the world.  The U.S. Soybean Export Council recently commissioned a study that showed America has an advantage over other major suppliers when it comes to filling orders for soybeans and agricultural products.

The study said U.S. soybean shipments usually arrive within 3 days on average of their expected delivery date.  That compares to 7 days on average for Argentina and 15 days for Brazil.  The report indicated that the U.S. has maintained its transportation advantage despite increased traffic and maintenance on the nation’s railway system.

U.S. freight-train speeds are close to the lowest since 2010, and monthly carloads of grain in October fell 5 percent from a year earlier, according to recent Association of American Railroads data.

With had a chance to visit with United Soybean Board Treasurer Jared Hagert from Emerado, North Dakota….

Jared Hagert

In the 2013/2014 marketing year, the United States exported over 2 billion bushels of U.S. soy, valued at more than $30 billion.


thanks to United Soybean Board


Senate Vote on Keystone Falls Short

A bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline failed in the Senate on Tuesday by just one vote, in a setback for the politically imperiled Democratic senator who pushed the legislation.

Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu was forced earlier this month into a Dec. 6 runoff against GOP Representative Bill Cassidy. The House passed its own Keystone bill last Friday, with help from Cassidy.

The bill failed on a 59-41 vote. It needed 60 to pass.

With the project still stuck in a State Department review process, Republicans have already vowed to bring up the legislation in the next session when they have complete control of Congress.

North Dakota Senator John Hoeven, who co-authored the Senate plan with Landrieu, said in a statement he would reintroduce the measure in January.

Opponents of the measure argued that the potential environmental impacts of the pipeline could be devastating.


USFRA Names Members

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance, an organization dedicated to leading the national consumer dialogue about how America’s food is grown and raised, announced its new 2015 Executive Committee members. Nancy Kavazanjian, farmer director of the United Soybean Board, was named as Board chairperson. During her tenure Kavazanjian will work closely with the CEO of USFRA and members of the Board in providing thought leadership and serve as a national consumer spokesperson on behalf of farmers and ranchers across the nation.

“I am truly honored to have been selected to play such an important role in the consumer dialogue about how our food is produced and reaches our tables,” said Kavazanjian. “As a farmer, I am passionate about sustainably growing safe and nutritious food for America and have seen first-hand the need for an organization like USFRA to help set the record straight for consumers about how our food is actually produced. I look forward to serving as USFRA’s Board Chairperson.“

Other 2015 Executive Committee members include:

  • Vice Chair – Brad Greenway, National Pork Board
  • Secretary – Mike Geske, National Corn Growers Association
  • Treasurer – Dawn Caldwell, Federation of State Beef Councils
  • At-Large – Lisa Lunz, Nebraska Soybean Board
  • At-Large –  Todd Frazier, DuPont Pioneer

Outgoing Board Chairperson Bob Stallman and president of American Farm Bureau Federation has served in the role since the organization’s inception in 2010.