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The Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) announced on Monday that the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council (MSMC) has become a member organization. A farmer-run board established to improve soybean profitability, MSMC is the 13th soybean board to join the STC. “In order to be successful, Missouri soybean farmers require a quality system of roads, bridges, railroads, locks and dams, and ports,” said Tim Gottman, a MSMC board member, in a press release. “It’s not enough to simply grow soybeans or have customers who want to purchase them. We need a transportation system that can actually get our soybeans from the farm to the customer. We therefore look forward to working with the Soy Transportation Coalition on the transportation issues that are key to farmer profitability.”Established in 2007, the STC now is composed of 13 state soybean boards, the American Soybean Association and United Soybean Board, which are responsible for about 85 percent of total U.S. soybean production. The coalition aims to position the soybean industry to benefit from a transportation system that's cost effective, reliable and competitive.