Press Release

ISA's Sigman Appointed to Maritime Transportation National Advisory Committee

August 22, 2016




ISA's Sigman Appointed to Maritime Transportation National Advisory Committee


BLOOMINGTON, ILL. -- August 22, 2016 -- The Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program (ISA) is pleased to announce Scott Sigman, ISA transportation and export infrastructure lead, has been appointed to the Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC).


Sigman will serve on behalf of ISA to support the U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration and the office of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation on maritime matters.


"It's an honor and a privilege to represent ISA and Illinois soybean farmers on this committee," says Sigman. "It's important that we have a voice in shaping decisions that affect our transportation system.  About half of our soybeans are destined for export markets.  It is critical that we diligently work to maintain and improve our maritime infrastructure and transportation system as we increase the Illinois soybean stake in the global economy."


The committee advises the Secretary on solutions for obstacles hindering effective use of short sea transportation and other matters. Committee members gather information and develop technical advice before presenting recommendations. Previous MTSNAC policy suggestions led to Marine Transportation System expansion, integration of Marine Highways into the surface transportation system and improvement and streamlining the Title XI ship financing process.


MTSNAC is comprised of 40 members from commercial transportation firms, shipbuilding, repair and recycling companies, trade associations, state and local entities, labor organizations, academics and environmental groups. Committee members serve two-year terms, with no more than two consecutive re­appointments. Appointments are made once a year, with about one-third of the terms expiring every two years.  Sigman's appointment was effective July 1.


The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program represents more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, issues analysis, communications and education. ISA programs are designed to ensure Illinois soy is the highest quality, most dependable, sustainable and competitive in the global marketplace. For more information, visit the website 


For more information contact:


Amy Roady




Mark Ingbritson