Rail service eases transportation concerns

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Friday, July 06, 2012

High fuel prices and a truck shortage are making Oregon and Washington potato grower-shippers turn toward rail service and overseas markets.

Even with high unemployment rates, people are not going into trucking like they used to, said Chris Voigt, executive director of the Moses Lake-based Washington State Potato Commission.

“Transportation is always a challenge, and unfortunately not a lot of people are aspiring to be truck drivers,” Voigt said. “A lot of drivers are getting close to retirement age.”

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