At the behest of Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota), the Senate version of the Farm Bill, passed June 21, includes a provision that would require the Departments of Transportation and Agriculture to study and report on rural transportation issues at least every three years. According to the summary in the July 2 Transport Topics, “the studies would help lawmakers determine if shippers—such as farmers, coal producers, and chemical manufacturers—are paying higher rail rates when they are located in areas where only one shipper is available.”
We presume “forest products” might easily be included in that list, and that the effect of competition (or lack thereof) on rural transportation corridors will be easy to demonstrate.
The Farm Bill is now under consideration by the House.
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