A publication of AAEA

A publication of AAEA
Agricultural Grain Transportation: Are We Underinvesting and Why?

Agricultural Grain Transportation: Are We Underinvesting and Why?

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Theme Overview: Agricultural Grain Transportation: Are We Underinvesting and Why?

Kenneth L Casavant

Agriculture and transportation are interdependent. Government policies have affected railroads’ investments, competition and rate/service performance. The performance is mixed and of concern for the future. Measures to evaluate investments and regulatory performance are offered.

Agricultural Transportation by Rail: Consolidation, Competition and Fuel Prices

Kevin E. Henrickson and Wesley W. Wilson

Railroads were partially deregulated in 1980, and since then there have been significant changes in the industry, some of which impact agricultural markets directly. In particular, the legislation impacts prices, consolidation, and the competitive options available to agricultural shippers.

Grain Handling and Transportation Policy in Canada: Implications for the United States

James Nolan and Steven Peterson

Canada has experienced recent regulatory changes in its grain handling and transportation system. The Canadian experience provides some lessons for improving oversight in the United States for this important agricultural supply chain.

Railroad Competition and Wheat Rates

Michael W. Babcock

Reliance of wheat shippers on railway transportation is higher than the percentages for grain and soybeans. The central and northern plains have no cost effective transportation alternative to railroads. Some states have more competition among railroads than others. The lack of rail competition leads to higher transport rates for wheat.

Benefits of Transportation Investments: How You Measure Matters

Jeremy L. Sage

Regional competitiveness of agricultural regions is dependent upon efficient freight transportation. Given limited funding for transportation projects, a rational prioritization framework is needed for decision makers. In particular, some models provide a superior framework for fully highlighting the economic impacts of improving freight movement.