News last update:6 Aug 2012

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 Canada.

Lost business
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 elevator.

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