Conference focuses on moving Upper Midwest commodities to Pacific Northwest
Moving agricultural products from the Upper Midwest to ports along the Pacific Coast is the focus of an event in Minneapolis this week.
U.S. Soybean Export Council board chair Monte Peterson says the Northern Commodity Transportation Conference brings together stakeholders from the ag, rail, and trucking sectors.
“We talked about a number of topics concerning exports (and) what we can do to build on the value of what we produce in the upper Great Plains.”
He tells Brownfield regional rail service has stepped up in recent years.
“Additional siding has been put into place. I think we’ve seen an increase in more locomotives and rail capacity. And I think as of today, it looks better than it has in quite some time.”
Peterson says investments in transportation infrastructure are necessary if the U.S. wants to keep up with South American competition.