St. Louis: America’s Ag Coast

St. Louis: America’s Ag Coast
October 19, 2017 Jerry Vallely

This story was originally published in The Waterways Journal on October 16, 2017.

By David Murray | The Waterways Journal

“A stretch of the Mississippi River in and near St. Louis, Mo., has become America’s center of gravity for grain-handling for transit and export. It is so dense with grain- and fertilizer-handling facilities that can handle all transportation modes—truck, rail and barge—that it is being called “America’s Agriculture Coast” or “Ag Coast.”

The St. Louis region’s central position was well documented in a recent report by the Corps of Engineers. Comparing the Port of Metropolitan St. Louis, a 70-mile system that includes nearby regional ports, the Corps ranked St. Louis regional ports as the most efficient inland port district in terms of tons moved per river mile during 2015, the most recent year for which final numbers were available…”

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