AFBF Urges Congress to Intervene to Prevent Rail Strike

Newsroom / September 14, 2022

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American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall commented today on the possibility of a railway union strike:

“An extended rail strike would have cascading effects on farmers and ranchers, and the best solution for agriculture and the U.S. economy is to avoid a strike entirely. There is no real substitute for moving agricultural goods, as trucks can only move a small percentage of grain and other products typically transported by rail, and river transport is only an option for certain geographic areas. A rail strike now would reverse the supply chain improvements achieved in the past year and make it more difficult for U.S. farmers and ranchers to address rising global food insecurity.”   

“We hope workers and management come to an agreement immediately and keep trains moving. If not, AFBF urges Congress to prepare to intervene, if necessary, to prevent a rail stoppage of any duration.”

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Director, Communications
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Bailey Corwine
Media Relations Specialist
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