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Continued: Dayton wants more answers from railroads on ag shipping problems

“The BNSF’s weekly report accounts for 2,671 grain cars among a grain fleet of 25,313,” the governor pointed out. “What is the status of the other 90 percent of cars not contained within the report?”

 

Jim Spencer • 202-383-6123

 

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  • Crude oil trains coming from North Dakota and Canada are creating heavy traffic on the railways and making it more difficult for farmers to get their grain to market.

  • Gov. Mark Dayton

  • ESTIMATED REVENUE LOSSES

    Minnesota grain farmers lost $109 million in revenue from March to May, a state study concluded. Experts say shipping problems played a major role.

    Soybeans $18.8 million

    Corn $72 million

    Wheat $8.5 million

    Source: Minnesota Department of Agriculture

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