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STB Hears Rail Complaints
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Fri Apr 11, 2014 08:16 AM CDT

WASHINGTON (DTN) -- Rail companies caught some heat Thursday as Northern Plains farmers and grain shippers complained to the federal Surface Transportation Board about protracted shipping delays due to perceived railroad favoritism for shipping oil versus grain.

Those voicing complaints over rail issues were divided over whether the Surface Transportation Board should use its authority to force railroads to provide equal access or preference for agricultural products. Canadian officials have taken such steps to alleviate rail delays.

The hearing before the Surface Transportation Board was an all-day event with 39 people signed up to testify on nine panels. The list ...

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