Railroads, highways, waterways, and pipelines are critical to ensuring that farmers receive their fertilizer in a safe, timely, and efficient manner. Distribution bottlenecks and service issues can restrict nutrient access during key utilization periods, leading to reduced crop yields. Safe, efficient, and affordable transportation is needed for our nation’s competitive advantage. TFI supports:

  • Strong public funding and financial incentives to upgrade and modernize our infrastructure to address multi-billion-dollar backlogs in maintenance.
  • Ensuring safe and efficient fertilizer distribution through promoting competition among different transportation modes.
  • Surface Transportation Board (STB) reforms that enable more reliable service and greater rail competition, as well as fair rates and demurrage practices.
  • Addressing trucking capacity and enhancing safety and efficiencies through hours of service (HOS) modifications for agriculture haulers, young professional driver apprenticeship programs, and updated truck weight standards.