Less grain elevators in rural landscape
Due to falling demand and increased competition, grain elevators are
disappearing from the North American countryside.
Bruce Selyem runs the Country Grain
Elevator Historical Society,
based in Bozeman (Montana). He's visited and
documented more than 42-hundred grain elevators in 34 states and
Selyem says the Department of Agriculture
once estimated the US had 27-thousand grain elevators in the 1930s. He figures
half of them are gone. Many grain elevators are closing, especially those that
have lost access to railroads. Others are losing business because farmers are
putting up their own grain bins to store their harvest, bypassing their local
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