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Senators Turn Up Heat on Railroad Companies

Updated: 05/13/2014 @ 2:15pm

Four Midwestern U.S. senators add their voices to a growing chorus of farmers, ethanol producers, and other agricultural players calling for railroads to get goods moving faster across the upper Midwest -- a problem that's grown more urgent as planting season arrives and farmers look ahead to this year's harvest. Senators from Minnesota and both Dakotas in a letter today call on the U.S. Surface Transportation Board to keep pressure on BNSF and Canadian Pacific (CP) railways to move fertilizer to the countryside and get grain out. Delays exacerbated by the brutal winter put fertilizer shippers hundreds of thousands of tons behind, while grain elevators sit on millions of bushels worth of grain that has yet to be shipped. (jacob.bunge@wsj.com; @jacobbunge)

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