Railroads are critical to grain transportation.
In 2017, U.S. Class I railroads originated 1.46 million carloads of grain (5.1% of total carloads) carrying 144.1 million tons (8.9% of total tons). Grain is also a key commodity for scores of short line and regional freight
railroads. Railroads also haul large amounts of grain-related food products, such as soybean cake and meal, corn syrup, flour, prepared animal feed, and dried distillers grains.