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BNSF, Montana grain shippers institute rate dispute arbitration and mediation process


The Montana Grain Growers Association (MGGA) and BNSF Railway Co. recently agreed on a mediation and arbitration process.

Officials from Montana farm membership organizations and BNSF have held ongoing meetings in recent months to reach a consensus on arbitration principles and parameters governing rate disputes.

“This agreement will allow growers to initiate rail rate complaints, provide mediation of a disputed rate as a first step and, if necessary, provide for a panel of arbitrators to hear the case and to issue a binding judgment,” said MGGA president Will Roehm in a prepared statement.

MGGA represents the interests of Montana wheat and barley producers.

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