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FNS Photo by Eric Hylden Brian Schanilec, president and manager of Forest River Bean Co., testified in Washington, D.C., last week with several other farm leaders from North and South Dakota at a hearing of the Department of Transportation’s Surface Transportation Board concerning the rail car shortage in the Dakotas and Minnesota.

Farmers still desperate for rail service


The slow rail service threatening the livelihood of farmers in the Upper Midwest has gotten better in recent weeks, but at the Forest River Bean Co., the railcars ordered from BNSF or Canadian Pacific are still two to three months behind, said the company president.

Brian Schanilec, a fifth generation farmer, called the crisis the worst that his family has ever faced, worse even than the 1930s.

“We survived the Great Depression,” he said. “We may not survive this.”

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