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The Union Pacific Railroad is More Than Building America; It’s Helping Feed America, Too

The Union Pacific Railroad is More Than Building America; It’s Helping Feed America, Too
The Union Pacific Railroad is More Than Building America; It’s Helping Feed America, Too

Who actually feeds America? Farmers certainly do, but does it end there? How does that food actually end up on our plate or on our grocers’ shelves? The food supply chain of the United States is one of the most revolutionized in the world with thousands of dedicated and innovative people working every day to deliver food to your table.

Union Pacific Railroad
Mason City, Iowa

As a college student, Emily Peters started researching the railroad and fell in love with its rich history. She was fascinated by the opportunity to work with businesses that were — and still are — building America.

“It’s pretty awesome to be a part of something that is so important and so vital to our country’s economy," she says.

As Union Pacific Railroad Sales Manager, Emily has been in marketing and sales for the last ten years. She has performed a number of different roles and was able to work with different departments and customers through the years.

“One thing I’m really grateful for in this industry is that it’s really purposeful. It’s not as easy as going to the store and getting your food. There’s a lot that goes into it."
Emily Peters, Sales Manager
Union Pacific Railroad
Mason City, Iowa

“One thing that I’m really grateful for in this industry is that it’s really purposeful," she says. “It’s not as easy as going to the store and getting your food. There’s a lot that goes into it."

Emily lives in Mason City, Iowa, with her husband and three kids. She is respected as a community leader and a good neighbor.

Whether it is in her career or her personal life, she truly knows how to build a community in all aspects, through thick and thin.

Sadly, just over five years ago Emily was the lone survivor of a head-on collision with her late husband and two best friends. “It was an incredibly challenging time for me, but the reason why it was also transformative was because of the relationships I had built with my customers," she says. “I realized it was more than just business relationships but also friendships. UP and the railroad employees are such a family."

“These people work 365 days a year, 24 hours a day through rain or shine,” she says. “They are working hard to make sure that the products made and built in America get to where they are going.”

To get the whole story, watch the full episode of Road to the Plate on Facebook.com/watch/road to the plate.

About Road to the Plate

Created to bring greater understanding about what it takes to get food from the farmer's field to the consumer's table, Road to the Plate is a platform for telling the stories of individuals involved in the farming, transportation, processing and retail sales of Midwestern food products. Road to the Plate is backed by the more than 600 corn farmers that own Lifeline Foods, a world-class corn milling cooperative in St. Joseph, Missouri. For more information, visit facebook.com/watch/road2theplate or lifeline-foods.com

1 Comment
  • John says:

    Great story Emily ..
    I spent 31 years with UPRR Engineering retired March 1 , 2011. I wouldn’t trade my years at UP with all the
    Fabulous people and memories.

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