Increasing rail charges were part of the discussion as National Grain and Feed Association members met last week. President Randy Gordon says there’s been access charges imposed by rail carriers on shippers. “We believe these are commercially unfair and nonreciprocal. The same penalties don’t apply to railroads that apply to shippers,” he says. “If the railroad is late delivering a train to a facility, an elevator isn’t able to operate for a few days, because they’re waiting on service.” Gordon also says farmers do see the increased charges in the farm gate price elevators are able to pay for grain. “If we can’t get the grain moved to customers on time, those can be market losses. We operate in a very competitive marketplace.”
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