"Staggering" Rail Delays Threatens U.S. Food Supply
September 4, 2014 • 12:31PM

Remember LaRouchePAC's warnings from earlier this year, that President Barack Obama's deal with the Wall Street fracking, grain, and rail cartels threatened food production in the Northern Plains U.S. states?

Obama remains in office, nothing was done, and the pile-up of grain not being shipped on the United States's decrepit, cartel-run, fracking-dedicated rail system is now an even greater threat to your food supply.

Two rail cartels, BNSF Railway (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) and Canadian Pacific (CP), are the only means most farmers in the Dakotas, Minnesota, and Wisconsin have to ship their grain crops. BNSF, owned by Warren Buffett, and CP, owned by another group of hedge funds, give first priority to shipping oil and gas from money-making fracking, and don't give a damn that farmers' crops are piling up, unable to be shipped.

Roger Johnson, President of the National Farmers Union, called the delays in shipping grain out of the Dakotas "staggering" and "unacceptable," in a statement yesterday. He called for the federal government's Surface Transportation Board (STB) to step on the "local railway monopoly," or farmers, farm families, and rural areas are "going to be feeling a whole lot of hurt."

Johnson reports that in North Dakota, where shipping by rail is the only option for many, four different grain elevators report that they have unshipped orders going back to early March, and shuttle orders are up to 2,000 cars behind. In South Dakota, farmers are beginning to pile wheat on the ground, because elevators are full with the last harvest—and this year's bumper crop has not come in yet.

The Senate Transportation Committee (STC) has called a hearing on the U.S. freight rail fiasco for Sept. 10. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) warned that "with the backlog in rail service and grain bins reaching capacity, South Dakota producers have limited storage options for both last year's and this year's expected record-breaking harvest."

An STC field hearing was scheduled for yesterday in Fargo, North Dakota.