The Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (Marad) has awarded over $57 million to eight port improvement projects related to grain transportation, the USDA said today in ite weekly Grain Transportation Report (GTR).

The funding is provided through Marad’s Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP). Among the awards announced by Marad on Nov. 3,, $10 million will be used to construct a new commodity-handling facility, conveyors, and other infrastructure at the Port of Blencoe in Iowa. Opened in 2021, the Port of Blencoe is located on the Missouri River.

The Port of Milwaukee received $9 million to construct two grain storage silos and additional grain handling equipment at its new Agricultural Maritime Export facility. Other projects funded in this round of PIDP awards include grain-related improvements in Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, and Mississippi. A full list of projects can be found on Marad’s website.