BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Sen. John Hoeven says farm commodity rail shipments are running nearly three weeks behind in North Dakota but BNSF Railway has promised to get caught up in June.
Hoeven and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp met with BNSF CEO Carl Ice on Tuesday to express concerns about rail safety and delays in agricultural shipments.
Increased oil shipments largely have been blamed for causing rail delays. BNSF says rail service has been hampered by bad weather.
Heitkamp says delays are causing big increases in shipping costs for farm products. She says some in the agriculture industry have been forced to hire trucks to meet customer obligations.
BNSF says in a statement that the railroad is ''committed to restoring service levels in North Dakota as quickly as possible.''