Transportation summit will focus on grain marketing

Transportation summit will focus on grain marketing The morning sessions of Governor Janklow's Agriculture Transportation Summit on Friday, Sept. 18 will focus on grain marketing and the availability of rail cars to transport South Dakota's crops to market.

"We have the experts who can answer questions from our farmers and ranchers," Janklow said. "They will also help us pinpoint where the most work needs to be done on the rail car problem."

Dennis Wendland and Steve Dunn will explain grain marketing projections for 1998 and how supply and demand affects grain marketing.

Wendland is the senior vice-president of Rail Transportation of Harvest States Grain. Dunn is the senior commodity manager for Continental. He manages his company's risks with private rail car pools and freight trading for the placement of rail cars.

Stevan Bobb, Burlington Northern/Santa Fe vice-president for Agricultural Commodities Business Unit, and Kevin Schieffer, president and chief executive officer of the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad, will discuss plans their railroads have for transporting the fall harvest.

The morning sessions will end with U.S. Department of Agriculture Economist Jerry Norton's discussion of how grain hauling logistics affect market prices.

The Governor's Summit on Agricultural Transportation will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ramkota Inn in Sioux Falls on Friday, Sept. 18. The summit is open to the public. Tickets are $15 each and include lunch and refreshments during breaks.

Attendance is limited to 800 people.

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