2017-09-07 / News

Ag leaders voice concern about CSX rail rates, reliability, impact on agriculture

LANSING — As harvest season nears for many Michigan-produced commodities, the Agricultural Leaders of Michigan (ALM) has voiced concerns about ongoing service issues with CSX railroad. Rail delays and uncertainty, along with increased rail costs, are impacting farmers and agribusinesses in Michigan and throughout the nation. ALM praised action taken throughout the summer by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) to demand results from CSX. Letters sent from the STB this summer pressed CSX to respond to ongoing delays. “The STB’s work to resolve rail delays is particularly important as we approach harvest in Michigan,” said Jim Byrum, president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association. “Rail transportation from CSX is critical to move the crop in a timely manner, and right now, grain handlers don’t know whether they can count on trains. The financial impact could be significant if there are additional delays in rail service.” Learn more at www.agleadersmi.com. R.S.

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