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Thu, Aug 24



Austin Hunt, USDA-AMS Transportation and Marketing

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Aug 24, 2023, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM


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Presenter:          Austin Hunt, USDA-AMS Transportation and Marketing

Title:                    “Transportation Economics at USDA”

Date:                    August 24th, 3 – 4pm

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Summary: Over the past eighteen months, the U.S. has experienced several major agricultural transportation disruptions. These include: record diesel prices, rail service issues and labor disputes, port service issues and labor disputes, and barge disruptions due to record-low river levels. The Transportation Economics Division (TED), located in AMS, covers transportation economics issues for USDA. TED economists support domestic and international agribusinesses by providing market reports, economic analysis, transportation disruption reports, regulatory representation, and outreach to various industry stakeholders. In this presentation, TED will give an overview of its activities and reports as well as recent trends in agricultural transportation. It will also include a demonstration of accessing and using AgTransport, TED’s open-data platform. The meeting will end with a discussion about how TED can assist other economists in USDA.

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