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Secretary Lentsch applauds STB on decision to ensure adequate fertilizer shipments


PIERRE, S.D.(KELO-AM) - South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch released the following statement after hearing the Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) decision to direct the railways to report their plans ensuring delivery of fertilizer shipments.



"The STB’s recent order will help ensure South Dakota producers receive adequate supplies of fertilizer for spring planting. It is clear that engagement from farmers, shippers, Gov. Daugaard and our congressional delegation demonstrated the scope of this important issue to the STB."



Last week, Secretary Lentsch addressed the STB in Washington, D.C., to convey Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s concern for backlog of rail shipments in South Dakota.



For the full decision issued by the STB, visithttp://www.stb.dot.gov/decisions/readingroom.nsf/UNID/AD4C55D3DA22D5E985257CBB006E8CDA/$file/43754.pdf.



Agriculture is South Dakota's No. 1 industry, generating over $21 billion in annual economic activity and employing more than 122,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online athttp://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook and Twitter.