Ag Agenda – The Voice of Agriculture – American Farm Bureau

Update Our Ports or Miss the Boat

By Bob Stallman
President, American Farm Bureau

Someone once said that it’s not leaving port, but coming in, that determines the success of a voyage. While this has some truth to it, the port that one departs from is just as important to a successful endeavor.

It may surprise many that if the planned expansion of the Panama Canal was completed tomorrow, the United States, one of the world’s largest trading powers, would only have six ports deep enough to handle the new larger ships that will pass. Yet, we are competing with all other parts of the world that are updating their ports. Since agriculture goods play a significant role in U.S. trade, modernizing our ports is extremely important for farmers and ranchers to be able to continue to thrive in the world market.

If You Build It, They Will Come

Even more surprising than the U.S. only having six large ports is the fact that all these ports are i

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About BIFB

The Big Island Farm Bureau (BIFB) is a Multi-County 501c5 Non-Profit Farm Bureau representing agriculture on Hawaii Island. Our mission is to be the "Voice of Agriculture" by promoting, representing & protecting agriculture on Hawaii Island. We are affiliated with the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation. We are self supporting through projects, events & our social enterprise project Hawaii AgVentures; Membership fees are not charged for our services/programs.

Posted on March 30, 2012, in AFBF, Transportation and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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