The ag industry already gets enough of my tax dollars with subsidies, the food stamp (SNAP) program, ethanol, etc. Meanwhile, small family farms struggle and farmers all over the world suffer under the weight of US exported, dumped crops.
I don't have a lot of sympathy for big ag.
On the question of moving Bakken crude, I also considered moving via the Lakes...however, crazier winters seem to be icing up the Lakes for longer periods plus yes, the environmental concerns are a real, legit deal. Bakken crude is very volatile..not sure it's such a great idea taking it across the Lakes. But then again, the bomb trains sure aren't any fun either.
No easy solution there.