Diversification of production agriculture has received much attention over recent years. As producers and customers adapt to technologically advanced production and marketing systems, it is important to consider opportunities available for adding value to raw grain through alternative handling and transportation options. One such opportunity that has been more widely recognized in recent years is marketing grain products via container. It has been estimated that this option currently is used in marketing about 1% of U.S. grain production, with growth to 3% expected over the next five years. The objective of this report is to develop a profile of the U.S. containerized grain and oilseed export industry, including marketing activities, future expectations, information needs, and business practices. This report forms Phase I in a proposed two-phase analysis of the grain container industry. Information developed in this report regarding shipment origins, commodity volumes, and market destinations provides a base for conducting a survey of industry participants that might be used as a tool in development, planning, and enhancement of opportunities for containerized marketing of grain products.


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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 57 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00924892
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MPC REPORT NO. 02-132
  • Files: NTL, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 30 2002 12:00AM