America has the most affordable freight railroads in the world, which help keep America’s farmers competitive in the global marketplace. According to USDA data, rail rates have increased far less than all other farm expenses. From 1990 through 2010, average rail rates* to ship grain rose 55 percent, about half the rate of the average increase for total farm inputs.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, AAR
*Measured by revenue per ton mile
Data are not adjusted for inflation