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STB head to speak at Fargo, ND, conference

Daniel Elliott, chairman of the Surface Transportation Board, is among the invited speakers scheduled for a conference on "Post-harvest Handling and Transportation for Agricultural Products: Issues and Alternatives" Dec. 8 and 9 at the Ramada Pla...

Daniel Elliott, chairman of the Surface Transportation Board, is among the invited speakers scheduled for a conference on "Post-harvest Handling and Transportation for Agricultural Products: Issues and Alternatives" Dec. 8 and 9 at the Ramada Plaza and Suites in Fargo, N.D.

The conference will bring together decision makers from the public sector, railroad industry executives and leaders of commodity groups, according to information from North Dakota State University.

The STB has broad economic regulatory oversight of railroads.

The conference will be hosted by Won W. Koo, director of the NDSU Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade; Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.. Rep. Kevin Kramer, R-N.D., also is involved.

Other scheduled speakers include Edward Avalos, U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary of marketing and regulatory; executives from BNSF and Canadian Pacific; Bruce Blanton, director of USDA's Agricultural Transportation Service; and leaders of major commodity groups and farm organizations.

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The conference registration fee is $125 until Nov. 15 and $150 after that date. The registration includes meals, breaks and conference materials. More information: www.ag.ndsu.edu/capts .

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