Joel Scheurs represents Minnesota soybean farmers on the Soy Transportation Coalition, where he serves as vice chair. Rather than the barges we know today that move up and down the Mississippi, the STC learned about a new type of shipping vessel that could move containers. “There is a prototype of this vessel and it is the first of its kind worldwide.” Wolford, North Dakota farmer Chris Brossart is also a member of the Soy Transportation Coalition. To enhance shipping on the Lower Mississippi River, there are efforts to deepen the channel. “Five feet is what they’re looking at and that’s a big deal when you look at the weight on the barge. That will impact costs.” There may not be a lot of northern-grown soybeans moving down the Mississippi, but fertilizer does come this direction on the river, which would also benefit from a deeper channel.
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