September 4, 2013 | Volume 100 / Number 361

Farm Bureau Addresses BNSF Rate Changes

The announcement that BNSF Railway is dropping rate incentives for 48-car shipments has caused discussion in affected parts of the state.

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The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) worked with BNSF and other interested parties in 2005 to keep the freight rate incentives for 52-car shipment from Montana (later changed to 48 cars) until the state had developed a 110-car elevator infrastructure.

“That was eight years ago the railroad agreed not to decrease the incentives for smaller train shipments in Montana and western North Dakota,” notes MFBF Executive Vice President Jake Cummins. “A...

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