North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring on Aug. 27 signed a memorandum of understanding with the head of the Port of Vancouver. The action is intended to help move specialty agricultural products, but at least one shipper is concerned.
John Miller, BNSF group vice president for agriculture, spoke at a meeting of the North Dakota Agricultural Rail Business Council in Mandan, N.D., July 31. The group is made up of about 40 ag-related entities.
“We know we’re not doing as well as we should; we know the market wants more,” Miller said. “But we are shipping record amounts.”
Progressive Rail magazine, May 2013, said Burlington Northern Santa Fe now moves about seven or eight unit trains per day from the Bakken, or 600,000 barrels of oil. And daily volume is projected to be 700,000 barrels by year’s end and to 1 million barrels (current ethanol production capacity) by some point in 2014. BNSF transferred engines from the upper Midwest to increase movement of oil cars from 9,000 in 2009 to 400,000 in 2013.
A Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway weekly report on late cars released March 28 alludes to “green shoots” of improvement, but contains results that fell further behind for the fourth week in a row for the four-state area. It also alludes to impending issues with the winter wheat harvest coming in June.
GREAT FALLS, Mont. — The Central Montana Cooperative plans to build a 110-car grain train shuttle loader at the site of its current elevator just west of Fort Benton, making it the fifth loader announced in recent months.
FARGO, N.D. - Class Counsel in Nudell v. Sprint Communications, No. 3:01-cv-041, announced that preliminary approval of a Proposed Settlement was granted by the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota.
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