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Influence of Shuttle Loaders on Grain Markets

Agribusinesses and cooperatives have strong incentives to invest in shuttle train-loading facilities because they lower the variable costs of handling grain. Yet, what are the benefits for farmers who have access to these shuttle-loaders?

In this ACCC Fact Sheet, Dr. Bekkerman and Dr. Taylor use a unique data set to identify that companies and farmers both benefit from shuttle-loading investments. Furthermore, the authors find that there are some unique differences between Kansas and Montana grain markets. These differences are highlighted in a map of the two states, which provides key insights for cooperative directors and managers who are considering investing in a shuttle train-loader.

To find more information visit the Kansas State University Arthur Capper Cooperative Center.

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