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CN-IANR Merger Proposal: ‘Value Add’ for Ag

To be competitive and profitable, agricultural producers across the country are focusing on their cost of production, managing margins, and being forward-thinking on their grain and livestock marketing. In Iowa, and most any state, a piece to the puzzle that literally links all of these is rail. 

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USDA, NGFA Weigh In on Proposed CN-IANR Combination

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) are recommending several conditions that the Surface Transportation Board (STB) consider if it approves CN’s application to acquire control

The Reliable Rail Service Act has been reintroduced by U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Roger Marshall (R-Kans.). The original debuted in September 2022 but did not move forward.

Senators Reintroduce Reliable Rail Service Act

U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Roger Marshall (R-Kans.) on June 28 reintroduced the Reliable Rail Service Act to clarify the railroads’ common carrier obligation and establish specific criteria for the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to consider when evaluating whether that obligation is being met. They said it would “give shippers much-needed certainty that is currently lacking.”

The NGFA's lineup of speakers for its 127th Annual Convention includes AAR President and CEO Ian Jefferies (left) and STB Board Member Michelle Schultz (right).
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NGFA Announces Speaker Lineup for 127th Annual Convention

The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) on March 2 announced its 127th Annual Convention lineup of speakers, including Association of American Railroads (AAR) President and CEO Ian Jefferies and Surface Transportation Board (STB) Board Member Michelle Schultz, who will address upcoming opportunities for grain, feed, processing and export markets at the La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, Calif., on March 21-23.

STB Seeks Comments on Private Railcar Rulemaking Petition

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) is inviting public comment on a Petition for Rulemaking that would update the demurrage and accessorial rules governing the railroads’ use and handling of privately owned freight cars. Responses are due by June 30, 2022.

STB Eyes Private Railcar Rulemaking

The Surface Transportation Board will consider a proposal by private railcar owners to adopt regulations updating the demurrage and accessorial rules governing the railroads’ use and handling of their equipment.

Feud Over Proposal to Regulate Private Railcar Handling

Associations representing private railcar owners are rebutting responses to their request that the Surface Transportation Board institute a rulemaking updating the demurrage and accessorial rules governing the railroads’ use and handling of their equipment.