(MALTA) – THE MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE IS ENCOURAGING

SHIPPERS AND PRODUCERS TO MEET WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE U-S SURFACE

TRANSPORTATION BOARD IN MALTA WEDNESDAY.

CONFIDENTIAL, INFORMAL MEETINGS WILL BE HELD THROUGHOUT THE DAY AT THE GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL.

MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE DIRECTOR RON DE YONG SAYS WE ARE ENCOURAGING ALL MONTANANS THAT HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY SHIPPING DELAYS TO MEET WITH THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD. DE YONG SAYS THE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN TRACKING THE DELAYS AND IT’S NOT GOOD FOR BUSINESS WHEN GRAIN SHIPMENTS ARE STILL DELAYED AN AVG. OF 30 DAYS ACROSS THE STATE.

THOSE WHO WISH TO MAKE AN APPT. TO TALK WITH RCPA STAFF, YOU’LL BE

REQUIRED TO E-MAIL REQUESTS BY THE END OF TODAY.

That E-mail address is RCPA@stb.dot.gov.  Requests for meetings may also be made by phoning 202-245-0241.   Requests must be made by 5 pm today. (Mon.)