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USDA declares disaster for 19 Florida counties

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a natural disaster declaration for 19 Florida counties, acknowledging widespread damage by Hurricane Irma.

The declaration lets farmers and ranchers in those areas seek support, including emergency loans, from the Farm Service Agency, according to a news release.

“I thank U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue for taking action to support Florida’s farmers and ranchers still picking up the pieces from Hurricane Irma,” Florida agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam said in the release Oct. 13. “Our preliminary estimates peg the total damage at more than $2.5 billion, but it’s important to recognize that the damage is still unfolding.

“Today’s disaster declaration provides much needed support, and I will continue working with (Florida Gov. Rick Scott) and our leaders in Washington to get Florida agriculture the relief it needs to rebuild,” Putnam said.

Citrus industry losses have been projected at $760 million.

The USDA released its first citrus crop estimate last week, but industry members say the department grossly understated the extent of the damage from Irma.

Story by Ashley Nickle @ Thepacker.com

Spot Freight Rates for Vans, Reefers Rise Sharply

Spot truckload rates hit multi-year highs during the week ending Oct. 7, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards, as the number of available loads fell.

The 3% decline in freight availability following the close of the third quarter and generally tight capacity kept spot load-to-truck ratios elevated:

  • Van: 6.7 available loads per truck
  • Flatbed: 46.7 loads per truck
  • Refrigerated: 12.4 loads per truck

National average spot truckload rates, which include fuel surcharges, jumped significantly compared to the previous week:

  • Van: $2.09 per mile, up 12 cents
  • Flatbed: $2.31 per mile, up 4 cents
  • Reefer: $2.37 per mile, up 14 cents

The market for van freight remains solid despite a 6% decline in volume and 1% increase in truck posts last week, according to DAT. In Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, higher reefer load counts in the region contributed to tighter van capacity, meaning that fewer reefer trucks were competing for van loads. Rerouted port traffic from Houston to Seattle after Hurricane Harvey may have added to demand for trucks in the area.

In the spot reefer market, both load posts and truck posts were unchanged from the previous week. The national average reefer rate moved higher due to seasonal demand and relief efforts following Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

The number of flatbed load posts dipped 1% and truck posts increased 6%, with rebuilding efforts in Florida and the Gulf Coast driving demand for flatbed capacity.

Story by Evan Lockridge at truckinginfo.com

Quarterly Rockstar And September Employee of The Month

Congratulations to Maritza Garcia, ReedTMS Logistics’ Quarterly Rockstar and Pat Lyman ReedTMS’s Employee of the month for September. Pat and Maritza have routinely gone above and beyond their own job responsibilities to help the team in whatever way possible.

 

Some of the comments as to why they were nominated are as follow:

“Pat had a team member leave this month and took on many different roles including building, scheduling, rating, track and tracing.”

”Pat came into the office during the hurricane, to cover 2 problematic loads that were uncovered. He also worked with the carrier team to provide spot rates. The guy has a tremendous attitude that is contagious to the rest of us”

“Pat went out of his way to present oppurtunities for ReedTMS to expand its brand in our local community. He helped to spearhead the donation drive for Lockhart Elementary school and attended the school to present the gifts.”

“Maritza just simply works non stop in incredibly high volume areas.”

“Maritza’s region was greatly affected by hurricane Irma, but she put her head down and made no excuses.”

“How often do we here the term first in, last out the office? Maritza is the definition of this cliché and is one of the few people I know that actually fits that description. Pleasure to work with her!”

Thank you for all you do for us Maritza & Pat we look forward to your continued success!

ReedTMS Logistics provides supplies for Lockhart Elementary

                                                                                                                                       Lee Elementary Magnet School students were moved to Lockhart Elementary Magnet School, which is less than a mile away from Lee. A devastating fire destroyed Lee Elementary and Hillsborough County Public Schools have developed a plan to keep students and staff together.

Beginning on Monday, Sept 18th 2017 students began to share Lockhart campus, which also is a magnet school at 3719 North 17th St., Tampa.

Lockhart Elementary has space for nearly 300 more students and is also located next to Young Middle Magnet School. For the first two to three weeks, the older students from Lee Elementary will temporarily be taught in classrooms on Young’s campus, while the district installs portable classrooms at Lockhart within a few weeks. About 329 students and 49 staff members were displaced.

ReedTMS Logistics jumped on the opportunity to help the children and teachers who lost entire classrooms worth of supplies. National Sales Manager Pat Lyman and Marketing Manager Andy Patel delivered the goods to the classroom on Friday, September 22nd. 2017. They also had the opportunity to spend some time with the children and help them on schooling activities such as division.

Story by : Andy Patel

ATA Celebrates National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Screenshot via Trucking Moves America Forward

American Trucking Associations kicked off National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, a week-long celebration of the trucking industry’s 3.5 million professional truck drivers.

Running Sept. 10-16, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week highlights the efforts of professional truck drivers to remind the industry of the important role that truck driver’s play in transporting goods across the nation. More than 80% of U.S. communities rely exclusively on truck drivers to deliver goods and commodities, and some remote towns and territories are unreachable by other modes of transportation.

“This week was created to commemorate and support the industry professionals who work daily to deliver America’s goods,” said Chris Spear, ATA president and CEO. “Truck drivers are hard-working men and women who practice safety on the roads and serve as the faces of our industry. These drivers improve our collective quality of life by making personal commitments to safety and delivering our critical goods like medicine, food, building supplies and clothing.”

ATA is asking the trucking industry to engage their communities in this week’s celebration of truck drivers. Public officials, community leaders, members of the media and local businesses can all play a role in helping to better understand the important work that truck drivers do in safely moving the economy each day. Highway safety is dramatically improved when the motoring public acknowledges the difficulties of driving a truck and the limitations of large commercial vehicles.

In support of this effort, Trucking Moves America Forward, the trucking industry’s image movement, is partnering with state trucking associations to run billboard advertisements along key highways to thank truck drivers for their service to the industry.

This year, special attention is being paid to the 1.6 million trucking industry employees who live and work in the direct paths of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. During National Truck Driver Appreciation week, ATA is monitoring the storms and working with FEMA and the American Logistics Aid network to carry out relief efforts.

State trucking associations, industry suppliers, and carriers are set to host appreciation events for the men and women who safely deliver more than 70% of all freight tonnage in the United States. Additionally, America’s Road Team Captains and Share the Road professional truck drivers will take to the airwaves Sept. 12 for live satellite broadcasts from the Nashville terminal of TCW. ATA first vice chairman Dave Manning, president of TCW, will participate in the morning broadcasts and speak alongside the professional truck drivers about the important role that drivers play in the nation’s economy.

“Truck drivers work day in and day out to make our jobs possible, our shopping more convenient, and our roads a lot safer,” said Manning. “Truck drivers are entrusted with large vehicles, yet we know we can rely on them to be fully aware of their surroundings on the road and make good decisions. They make safety their responsibility and truly deliver everything that makes our economy function.”

The ATA official NTDAW site offers a collection of resources to magnify driver appreciation events. The content provided by ATA allows industry professionals to engage their communities during this week of outreach. These resources are aimed at demonstrating public support for the work that drivers do each day and reflecting the image of professional truck drivers.

Story by Truckinginfo.com

ReedTMS August 2017 Employee of the Month!

Congratulations to Alexis Hardy and Jason Gensrick, ReedTMS Logistics’ Employees of the month for August. Alexis and Jason both have an incredible amount of work ethic. They continuously are willing to help in areas where the business needs them.

Some of the comments as to why they were nominated are as follow:

“Alexis has done tremendous work in two of the hardest markets/zones there are, mainly by herself.”

“What I like about Alexis’s accomplishments is that they are tangible. What she has done is not perception based, but real.”

“She comes in and WORKS! It’s 10 toes down, grinding type of work. The kind of stuff that most would turn their nose too. The type of stuff that most have opinions over sitting down and actually covering loads.

“Jason continues to strive at becoming the best in his responsibilities”

“Jason looks at every challenge as an opportunity and we are thankful to have him on our team.”

“Jason asked to take on even more work after a fellow employee resigned. This type of initiative and teamwork is exemplary on so many different levels. Jason’s positive attitude and eagerness to take on more to help the team have made him an outstanding choice for Employee of the Month.”

Thanks for all you do Jason and Alexis, keep up the good work!