Transportation Infrastructure meeting leaves members hopeful

MABA logo BrownMichigan roads may see less agricultural traffic if transportation infrastructure plans continue to move forward.

The Michigan Agri-Business Association is working with Senate Agriculture appropriations, Chairman Mike Green, to update transportation methods that are critical to Michigan’s growing agriculture sector.

A recent event in Bay City hosted by the duo, invited stakeholders across the state to discuss the benefits of improving the state’s rail and water transportation systems.

Jim Byrum is President of Agri-Business Association. He said, “The results of the meeting were pretty heartening. Basically the intent of the event was to bring people together that are engaged in shipping, those that actually conduct the activity of moving some of those vessels and some of those modes of transportation and then look at opportunities going forward and we were very successful in bringing several of those folks together.”

Byrum said there are several key issues pending before congress that could be a step forward for Michigan shippers.

These issues include a re-authorization of a tax credit, expanded barge access along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan and regulation of ballast water discharge by ships in the Great Lakes.