This article is taken from the Aug. 24 USDA Grain Transportation Report

A recently completed new rural freight road allows agricultural freight movements from Interstate (I) 29 directly to Iowa’s Port of Blencoe terminal, on the Missouri River—halfway between Sioux City, IA, and Omaha, NE.

The road project was funded by a 2021 U.S. Department of Commerce grant to improve road access to the Port of Blencoe.

Iowa producers rely on the highway system to transport goods to elevators and barge terminals and the inland waterways to ship to Gulf Coast ports.

Since the Blencoe terminal opened in 2021, one Iowa farmers cooperative, so far, has saved 58,000 gallons of fuel, because they no longer need to truck fertilizer all the way from Mississippi River ports.

The new rural freight road connecting I-29 and the Blencoe terminal has further streamlined these deliveries