U.S. Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack met with Warren Buffett last week to urge the billionaire investor to make sure his BNSF railroad is ready for an expected record corn and soy harvest this year.
U.S. rail operators must put investment ahead of profits to clear the way for grain, automotive and chemical shipments now clogging the tracks, lawmakers said at a congressional hearing Wednesday about the health of the rail grid.
The U.S. Surface Transportation Board made history in North Dakota Sept. 4, holding its first field hearing there, and packing in a crowd of testifiers and onlookers concerned about whether railroads can make the trains run on time.
The U.S. Surface Transportation Board is making history in North Dakota today, holding its first field hearing there, and packing in a crowd of testifiers and onlookers concerned about whether railroads can make the trains run on time.
North Dakota’s Public Service Commission on Wednesday urged railroads to make faster progress on reducing the backlog of grain cars available so farmers and elevators can transport last year’s crop to market before this year’s harvest arrives, according to a release.
Canadian Pacific Railway CEO Hunter Harrison has offered to visit North Dakota to discuss the rail company’s efforts to reduce the backlog of grain shipments in the state. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., accepted Harrison’s offer to meet in person with shippers and commodity groups in North Dakota, with details to be announced as soon as they are available.
On April 15, the U.S. Surface Transportation Board announced it would direct Canadian pacific Railway and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway to report by April 18 their plans to make sure fertilizer is delivered to farmers for spring planting.
Increasing use of railroads to ship crude oil could disrupt fertilizer cargo this spring as Midwest farmers prepare for planting, U.S. agriculture leaders warn, even as one railroad said on Monday it will take steps to ensure timely deliveries.
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