On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Surface Transportation Board will take testimony on rail carrier service problems. In late March, the National Grain and Feed Association sent a letter to the STB saying its members have not been able to purchase grain because they’re waiting for loaded trains to be moved by the railroad. Members have been forced to shut down flour and feed mills and cut off sales while waiting for deliveries. The Agricultural Transportation Working Group sent another letter ahead of the hearing. The Northern Plains is not immune from these rail delays. North Dakota Grain Dealers Association Executive Vice President Stu Letcher says it’s not only the winter weather that’s been causing issues. “Labor is challenging for everybody. Even though North Dakota has delays, it doesn’t sound like we’re as bad as other parts of the country.”
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