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Agribusinessman to VP Pence: I Can't Sell Enough Grain

The Arthur Companies of North Dakota has scheduled only four deliveries this year, compared to 16 last year

Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Grand Forks Wednesday was met with agricultural leaders who are upset and concerned about their industry, reports The Bismarck Tribune.

Pence met privately with agriculture leaders to discuss the $12 billion farm aid program President Donald Trump announced Tuesday.

Rick Burgum, chairman for The Arthur Companies, is involved in several aspects of the ag industry, including grain elevators.

Last year, Burgum said his company sold 16 trains of grain last year, adding each train has approximately 110 to 115 cars. This year Burgum has only been able to schedule four deliveries.

“We have no way to sell more trains today,” he told The Bismarck Tribune. “And we need to … We can’t just store it all -- we don’t have the space, we don’t have the money. And we’re typical of every other elevator in the country.”

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