The National Grain and Feed Association praised a new study by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Transportation for recommending federal policymakers take a more systems-based approach to setting transportation policies.

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The two-year study recognizes issues that affect all types of transportation including rail, barge, truck and ocean vessel transport for agricultural shippers. The study recognized the interrelationship between all of these transport modes, and noted the benefit of a supply chain approach to transportation policy, according to the trade group.