Wheat growers and other agricultural representatives met with leaders of the BNSF Railway this week at the latest meeting of the Ag Rail Business Council.
The meeting, held in Seattle, was the fourth of its kind and included discussions on how best to handle service problems in a timely manner; shipping trends this season; the current regulatory and policy environment; preparations for an expected increase in shipments when producers start selling wheat; and car placements.
Representatives from wheat, corn, soybeans and pulse crop organizations as well as ag merchandisers and railroad representatives sit on the Council, which meets twice a year.
The large wheat delegation at the Seattle meeting included NAWG President Karl Scronce; NAWG Second Vice President Wayne Hurst; NAWG Immediate Past President David Cleavinger; NAWG Director of Government Affairs for Farm Policy Cori Wittman; NAWG Domestic and Trade Policy Committee Vice Chairman David Schemm; and North Dakota Grain Growers Executive Director Dan Wogsland. Commission representatives included Harlan Klein from North Dakota, Chet Edinger from South Dakota and Dan Kidd from Montana. Lochiel Edwards, a longtime NAWG member and producer from Montana, is the chairman of the Council.
NAWG participates in Council meetings as one of many efforts undertaken to work toward relief of rail rate and service issues experienced by wheat growers. NAWG is looking to engage in similar discussions with leaders of other railroads, including Union Pacific, to whom NAWG President Karl Scronce wrote this week.