Yeah, yuh seeing right. Nothing wrong with your eyes, so don’t worry. It is de Bellcrier. Back after a long time, just like despondency, slow economy, long lines fuh passports, full flights out, and battles with de vendors to keep dem off de pave. These things people forget about or didn’t know of, especially dem young ones. But ole people does seh, “de world round” and that “things does go round and round”. One thing that look like it going round and round is de parking meter story. De first thing that come to de Bellcrier mind regarding that is that there is never a dull moment in GT! Even de lights pun de Big Market adding to de lack of dullness!With Hammie get chased by Pat who apparently now looking to avoid DunKan, de action continues. People who like car chases in movies seh is not de chases alone that is exciting, but de skillful and exaggerated heart-pumping parkings. Dem recommend de plenty ‘Fast and de Furious’ movies to prove de point. That aside, it look like there is plenty ‘fast and furiousness’ happening over at de Hall of the City. Some seh that Pat and de King trying fuh put in de parking meters fast after jet speeding to Cancun country while DunKan and others remain furious!While de engines were roaring overhead to seal de deal fast, up comes Uncle Bull, who got oversight responsibilities fuh de Towns, and effortlessly and nonchalantly (big words) park de whole issue; or try to! It put pun hold; briefly! According to people there, that turn things around; again, briefly! Pat and de King apparently get furious and hit back. Dem park Uncle Bull parking intervention. September gon tell! DunKan still furious and he not parking that! Ole people does also seh that “de race is not fuh de swift”, but it look like Pat and King gat de advantage with Uncle Bull intervention behind followed by DunKan furiousness! One thing is fuh sure; more action in GT in store! De Bellcrier adrenaline rushing fast while parkers furiousness growing! Ting-a-ling-a-ling!
The American Soybean Association (ASA) emphasized the importance of addressing rail service issues and their negative impacts on soybean growers, at a public hearing before the Surface Transportation Board on Thursday.ASA Director Lance Peterson, a soybean farmer from Underwood, Minn., represented ASA at the hearing in Washington D.C., highlighting the great impact the railways have on soybean farmers who rely on the transportation to get their crop to the growing world population.“Soybeans are especially impacted by transportation costs, as over 50 percent of U.S. soybeans are exported and soybeans and soy products are the leading U.S. agricultural export, with an export value of over $28 billion in 2013,” Peterson said. “Many in the world rely on U.S. soybean farmers to meet their protein and vegetable oil demands. U.S. farmers, in turn, rely on trucks, rail, and barges to move our products to those markets.”Peterson said that while a great deal of discussion has taken place in the last few months in regards to inadequate rail movement in the upper Midwest, centered on slow shipments due to cold weather—warmer weather may not fix the problems.“The real issue is the shifting of rail assets to the rapidly expanding oil industry. This is occurring at the expense of long standing shippers who rely heavily on rail movement to conduct their business he said. “As an agricultural producer in Western Minnesota I am faced with a direct and substantial financial impact. Inadequate rail service directly drives up the cost per rail car by thousands of dollars. This is reflected in the price I am paid locally.”When tabulated for the thousands of farm operations across the upper Midwest, the losses will be in the hundreds of millions and potentially over one billion dollars.“This is making lenders hesitant and could make it difficult for farmers to get operating loans to finance their business. A restriction on operating loans would have a devastating impact on farmers and on the rural economy,” Peterson said. “And the impact to agricultural producers is not just on the shipping of harvested commodities to market, but also in getting inputs, such as fertilizer, to the farm to produce a crop in the first place. For many of us, that time is now or is rapidly approaching.”Another issue Peterson presented was the fact that the demand for soybean rail shipments is expected to continue growing in key states where rail service issues are already having trouble keeping up today.Most forecasts indicate that soybean shipments will be increasing and the rail network needs to accommodate this growth along with the growth in crude oil shipmentsFor our part, to address demand over the long-term, ASA will continue to carry the message to Congress and the Administration in support of policies that encourage or provide direct investments in expanding transportation capacity, including rail, trucks and waterways. These would include a tax credit applied to new rail infrastructure, l, funding for waterways infrastructure, and increased truck weight limits that will expand transportation capacity and increase transportation service competition. Steps to improve and expand energy infrastructure could also alleviate rail demand by providing alternative ways to accommodate the growing domestic oil and gas production.For a full transcript of Peterson’s comments, please click here.