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Increasing freight rail rates put additional pressure on farm and ranch income

(Source: Farm Bureau News, September 8, 2021)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The domestic rail transportation network is vital to the movement of products and goods supplied by America’s farmers and ranchers. In 2019, over 33 million carloads of U.S. goods navigated the nearly 140,000-mile U.S. rail system, generating over $85 billion in total rail revenue. According to the Surface Transportation Board (STB), an independent federal agency tasked with economic regulation of freight rail, farm products contributed nearly 7.4%, or $6.3 billion, of total rail revenue, with an additional 13%, or $11 billion, from the transportation of food, textile mill, wood, and paper and pulp products. This Market Intel dives into the continued upward trend in freight rail rates contributing to heightened farm-level business expenses.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

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