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Rail Carriers Provide Updates at National Grain Car Council Meeting

Major rail carriers provided updates on both near-term outlooks and growth projections during the annual meeting of the Surface Transportation Board’s National Grain Car Council conducted on Sept. 11 in Minneapolis, Minn. The following summary is based upon reports provided by NGFA member companies that participated in the half-day session: BNSF Railway provided insights on […]

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Ag Groups Urge President to Prioritize Funding for Upper Mississippi River

On Oct. 17, NGFA joined 11 other national agricultural associations in urging President Obama to prioritize construction funding for the Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP) on the Upper Mississippi River System in his fiscal year 2016 budget proposal. In their letter, the groups noted Congress’s recognition of the Upper Mississippi System as the only […]

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Posted in: Agriculture Policy, Newsletter, Transportation

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NGFA-NAEGA Submit Joint Comments on Agroterrorism/Facility Security

NGFA and the North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA) recently submitted joint comments regarding the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) advance notice of proposed rulemaking on chemical facility anti-terrorism standards (CFATS).Overall, NGFA-NAEGA supported making permanent the indefinite exemption for agricultural facilities to register and submit to the CFATS process. Overall, NGFA-NAEGA supported making permanent […]

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Posted in: Newsletter, Safety, Health & Environment

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Congressman Todd Young to Address Country Elevator Conference & Trade Show

NGFA’s 43rd annual Country Elevator Conference and Trade Show (CEC) kicks off Dec 7-9 in Indianapolis. U.S. Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind., will open the “meeting of the year” for country elevator managers and their key employees on Dec. 8 with a look at what the elections mean for Congress in 2015. Importantly, the money-saving early […]

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Trans-Pacific Partnership Update and Other Trade Developments

The week of Oct. 20 brought news out of Sydney, Australia, that Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiators are making progress toward a final agreement. After this latest round of discussions, negotiators from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) said, “We are pleased to report that, over the past weeks, we have made significant […]

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Expanded Weekly Reporting of Rail Service Metrics Begins Oct. 22; STB Extends Requirement to All Class I Carriers

Expanded weekly public reporting of rail service metrics by all Class I carriers – including for the first time for nonagricultural products – will begin Oct. 22 following a unanimous decision issued Oct. 8 by the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB). Previously, the weekly reporting requirement had been limited to the BNSF and Canadian Pacific […]

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STB Orders Canadian Pacific to Submit ‘Detailed Plan’ on Handling Increased Demand for Service

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has ordered the Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway Co. to provide a “detailed plan” by Oct. 24 on how it plans to handle the increased demand for service on its U.S. rail network – both in the short- and long-term – particularly in the states of North and South Dakota, Minnesota, […]

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NGFA Reiterates Need for STB to Change Rail Fuel Surcharge Rule

In a statement submitted on Oct. 15, the NGFA reiterated its call on the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) to either eliminate or significantly modify a provision of its current rules that effectively immunizes railroads from being required to refund rail fuel surcharges that exceed the incremental internal fuel cost increases they actually incur. In […]

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