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No resolutions made for the agriculture rail crisis

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"It's like a time bomb that's ready to go off in the prairie, and the clock is ticking, and we're running out of time," Bath farmer Dennis Jones said.

Urgency is a huge factor for farmers. They are soon to put crops in while they still have grain from last year filling their bins. They are in desperate need of train engines to move cars hauling grain and fertilizer. These engines are heading to oil country before they hit agriculture.

Thursday farmers and producers too their issues and solutions to the Surface Transport Board's hearing in Washington, D.C. Farmers were not impressed with the results

"I was very frustrated from what happened in the hearings at Washington D.C. yesterday," Jones said.

In Washington D.C. no resolutions were made, leaving farmers stuck being undercut by North Dakota's oil industry.

"Agriculture has always delivered, it's the big engine of America, not oil," Jones said.

Lack of trains increases freight taking money not only out of farmer's pockets, but out of the pockets of consumers as well.

"It's oil and transportation that adds to the increase cost of food, that's the bottom line," Jones said.

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