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NFU Calls For Greater Competition To Remedy Rail Shortages
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D*, Mcßride.
Returning competition to the Burlington North Santo Fe CEO Railroads transported 120 country. rates.'
railroad industry is the best way Robert Krebs and other trans- million fewer bushels of grain in ,v nec v'.’ who raises gram an
to have adequate, competitively- portation and agriculture repre- 1997 as they did in 1996 due to cattle ’ ° bjec ; ts *r e rail ™ aa ®
priced rail service for transport sentatives. The meeting was a lack of rail car availability and proposal to dou e e num r o
of farmers' grain, National organized by Sen. Tim Johnson, inadequate coordination. Asa cars per train an re uce e
Farmers Union (NFU) leaders D-S.D. result, many farmers either had nu “ ber ?Lf top , S , each t / am
told a consortium of industry Representing NFU at the to pay for alternative trans- mak f s ' When thes ® systam ®
leaders here. meeting were North Dakota portation or their grain rotted. ar ® built, d wi crea e cen ra
In addition to NFU, those Farmers Union President NFU was one of 10 agriculture P oin , ts of de |iy. ery a " d e . llimna ‘®
participating included U.S. Robert Carlson, South Dakota organizations to oppose the 1996 - local lt pits small
Department of Agriculture Farmers Union President merger of the Southern Pacific town ußumst sma wr }f n c , o '
(USDA) Secretary Dan Dennis Wiese, South Dakota and Union Pacific railroads on op ag a inst co-op, sai •
Glickman, Surface Transporta- producer Randy Knecht of the basis that it would create a * think it would be the wors
tion Board Chairman Linda Houghton, S.D., and NFU leg- monopoly for railroad trans- thing to happen to agncu ure
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Knecht believes recent rail
road mergers have actually
reduced the efficiency of grain
haulers and was thankful to
have an opportunity to voice his
concerns with future operations.
"We are glad that Senator
Johnson organized this meeting
and hope an arrangement that
provides producers with compet
itively-priced, reliable rail
transportation can be achieved,"
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