Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and American Soybean Association director William Gordon, of Worthington, Minn., testified before a joint committee Tuesday in St. Paul about the impact rail is having on agriculture as a whole.
Gordon spoke to a joint committee made up of the Committee on Transportation and Public Safety; Committee on Commerce; Committee on Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development; House Committee on Transportation Finance; House Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy.
“We know this is a national issue,” Gordon said. “States can offer their support, but may not be able to directly influence railroads or interstate commerce. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t things this committee can do to help alleviate some of the problem that have developed as a result of the transportation bottleneck.”
Gordon’s testimony offered insights into the financial losses to farmers because of the lack of rail availability, and also offered examples of alternatives to rail to help move crops to market. Click below to read his testimony.