THUNE ADDRESSES GRAIN SHIPMENT DELAYS AT SD FORUM

Posted 4 months ago

By John Forsee

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senator John Thune says he is doing everything he can to ensure that locomotives and railcars are available to move the abundant harvest that South Dakota farmers are expecting.

Thune hosted a public forum Thursday at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Thune says he’s in contact with federal railroad regulators and the railroad companies operating in the state.

Farmers and some politicians believe the increased crude oil and freight shipments from North Dakota’s oil country are largely the cause of shipping delays, which have created big backlogs at grain elevators and added costs for agriculture shippers. Railroads say the brutally long winter caused issues.

Thune addressed some of President Barack Obama’s domestic and foreign policies during the wide-ranging forum, saying the president’s leadership is weak.

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