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Iowa farmers collaborate to solve crop transportation problems

SIOUX CITY (KTIV)- While the farming season is certainly not at its peak in the middle of February, that hasn't stopped area farmers from collaborating to make sure the upcoming seasons are productive as they can be.

The Iowa Soybean Association met with area farmers Monday to talk about the transportation issues facing farmers during the planting and harvesting season.

The Association discussed international shipping and national transportation of the soybean crop, which is in high demand, but Woodbury County officials say some of the biggest transportation issues are happening right here at home.

For example, they say there aren't enough roads in the rural areas to efficiently move harvested crops, and the roads that are there are in bad shape."Our system is beginning to show its age out there. One of the things that I think the soy transportation coalition has done is they've brought some recognition to that area and tried to work with producers and work with local officials," Mark Nahra, Woodbury County Engineer said.

As far as work goes on the rural highway system, Nahra says the county is working with the state Department of Transportation to work on making transportation less of an issue for farmers in the area. He says they're making progress, but they have a long way to go.
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