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TRANSPORTATION

On Friday, May 13, Gov. Tim Walz issued Executive Order 22-11, authorizing temporary regulatory relief for motor carriers and drivers.
Oil prices jumped on the news, with Benchmark Brent crude for May climbing by 5.4% to $129.91 a barrel.
Convoys and protests and been felt across Canada, especially in the capital city of Ottawa, but also at Emerson, Manitoba.
Multiple breakdowns in how goods are transported across the country and around the globe are worsening crises in a food and agriculture sector that is already bleeding profits and customers, according to witnesses at a House hearing Wednesday.

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The Coast Guard said the river is open to all vessel traffic without restrictions, after traffic was halted on Tuesday because of a fracture in the Hernando DeSoto Bridge that carries cars and trucks on Interstate 40 over the river.
The disruption hit as strong demand for U.S. corn and soybeans has tightened inventories and pushed crop prices to their highest in more than eight years. Also, U.S. President Joe Biden is seeking to have Congress approve a $2.25 trillion infrastructure bill.
A takeout of KCS, would be the first major North American railroad combination in more than 20 years and create the first network to include the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Chris Brossart of Wolford, N.D., on Nov. 30, 2020, was elected vice chairman of the Soy Transportation Council, which ensures the industry has infrastructure and policy to move soybean crops to customers
The intermodal “ramp” in Minot, N.D., now moving containers with agricultural specialty crops offers a new effort with BNSF-supported ownership to get something off the ground that had sputtered in an earlier attempt.
Autonomous impact protection vehicle demonstration at Grand Farm, just south of Fargo, used to announce pilot program planned for state's highways in 2021.

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Intermodal rail service will reduce touch points for cargo, resulting in lower shipping costs for agriculture and other industries.
Without investment in infrastructure like transportation, ag research and broadband access, U.S. agriculture’s ability to compete in a global market will be lost.
Industry adjusting to challenge from COVID-19, collapse in oil prices.

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