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ND ag rail council to meet with BNSF July 31

FARGO, N.D. -- The North Dakota Ag Rail Business Council will meet with top officials from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in Mandan, N.D., on July 31, to discuss concerns about shipping grain for the upcoming small grain harvest, which ...

FARGO, N.D. -- The North Dakota Ag Rail Business Council will meet with top officials from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in Mandan, N.D., on July 31, to discuss concerns about shipping grain for the upcoming small grain harvest, which is expected to be large.

Dan Wogsland, executive director of the North Dakota Grain Growers Association, which represents wheat and barley interests, is organizing the meeting and expects a "full house" as farmers have absorbed increased basis costs -- the price of grain at elevators, lowered to make up for freight and other issues.

Wogsland says BNSF is expected to give an update and then other groups will be allowed to voice concerns in an open discussion. About 40 groups and organizations have responded to the notice about the meeting, he says.

Canadian Pacific Railway is not involved in this meeting, Wogsland says.

"We take them one at a time," Wogsland says. "If you put them both in the same room, that can be problematic for one or the other or both."

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