Agricultural freight moves by truck, rail, and barge along the nation’s vast network of highways, rail lines, and navigable waterways, competing with other freight for capacity. The United States is the world’s largest producer and exporter of corn, accounting for roughly half of the world corn trade, on average every year for the past 10 years. Corn makes up roughly 96 percent of total U.S. feed grain production. Most U.S. corn is produced in just seven States and is shipped by rail, barge, and truck to feedlots, feed mills, ethanol refineries, and ports for export. Corn growers, shippers, and consumers depend on the freight transportation system, which is crucial to U.S. agriculture remaining competitive in world markets.
Read the Corn Transportation Profile Report (.pdf).