Policy and Planning

Spatial Analysis of Agriculture Supply Chain to Assess Transportation Impacts

Efficient agriculture movement is critical to Minnesota’s economic health. In the past two decades, the agriculture supply chain experienced a number of market, technological, and policy innovations that have directly influenced the way producers and wholesalers navigate their local freight networks. With producers’ reliance on rural and urban roadways projected to grow, so too are concerns for accelerated pavement degradation, intermodal bottlenecks and shipment delays along congested freight corridors. To address these concerns, last year MnDOT reissued their Statewide Freight System Plan outlining the importance of adapting freight network resiliency to evolving supply chain operations. This study is designed to contribute to this MNDOT goal by using innovative spatial analysis tools to effectively model agricultural flow patterns across key trucking corridors and shifting supply chain conditions. This analysis will be complemented by qualitative interviews with agriculture supply chain stakeholders to provide insight into the trends and conditions identified through the spatial analysis.

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