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Sep 17, 2018

Most of us have absolutely no idea what a short line railroad is – or its importance to the economy. According to an economist at Kansas State University, short line railroads have historically played an important role in the transportation of agricultural products. A study he conducted examined who the short lines are, where they are, the current state of the short line industry, its role in the grain logistics system, which agricultural products they ship, and in what amounts.

Guest: Dr. Michael Babcock, a professor of Economics at Kansas State University with an expertise in transportation.


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