BNSF Director of Marketing for Agricultural Products Greg Guthrie says the company views the weather-related freight delays as temporary. “We are pulling additional resources, locomotives and personnel from across the system to make sure we mitigate as best we can, despite the significant challenges in the weather.” The slowdown in rail traffic is driving up the cost of freight. “Looking at cash grain bids across North Dakota, it doesn’t necessarily translate back to lower farmer prices,” says Guthrie. “It’s just a commercial transaction impacting those who don’t have existing freight capacity on the books.”
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