Moving Illinois Ahead
We are the Illinois Soybean Association, 43,000 farmers moving toward a shared goal: The revitalization of Illinois infrastructure. Decaying bridges, silted canals, vulnerable rail lines – they slow down soybean exports, and that holds back all of Illinois. Join your voice with ours, and let’s start Moving Illinois Ahead.
Issues Impacting Illinois
Grain Handlers Implement New Electronic Logging Devices
Truck drivers are now being required to replace their paper logs with Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs). These ELDs are designed to improve road safety by more accurately tracking a driver's time behind the wheel.
Truck Length Uniformity
Illinois farmers can more efficiently transport crops to market now, thanks to a new Illinois law that took effect Jan. 1. Bumper-to-bumper truck length has increased from 55 feet to 65 feet, which makes truck length on local roads uniform with the length allowed on the state highway system.
Lock and Dam Maintenance
The state's aging locks and dam system that allow barges to move up and down waterways are not in good shape. That’s why industry partners are working on innovative solutions for waterway infrastructure improvements.
Why is ISA Interested in Transportation?
Dependable Illinois roads, bridges, railways and waterways are essential to efficiently and economically transport soybeans from farms to customers around the world.
Annually, 60 percent of Illinois soybeans, worth an estimated $3 billion, are marketed and sold through export channels. Reliable infrastructure is crucial to keep Illinois farmers competitive in these international markets.
ISA leads collaborations and facilitates discussions among industry, government, academia and transportation stakeholders to develop innovative solutions to infrastructure challenges.
STORIES FROM THE FIELD
Transport and Export Infrastructure Lead
ILLINOIS SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION (C/O FLM HARVEST)
Scott has more than 25 years of experience in global trade and transportation planning, shipping and freight infrastructure. He leads projects and programs to assess container intermodal and bulk multimodal freight operations.