November 30, 2014

Grain Growers welcome extension of minimum grain volume requirements for railways

OTTAWA, November 30, 2014 – The Grain Growers of Canada today lauded the announcement from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Transport Canada extending the Order in Council for minimum grain carriage volume requirements.

This extension should help ensure that the rail shipping deficiencies experienced last winter do not recur and the orderly movement of grain continues through March 2015.

“Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz are once again demonstrating leadership in providing key support for Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector”, said Gary Stanford, President of the Grain Growers of Canada. “Canadian farmers grow some of the highest quality grain in the world – it is in everyone’s best interest to see it get to market.”

Grain Growers are particularly pleased to see that Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railways will be required to submit formal winter contingency plans. These plans will be integral in responding rapidly to changing winter conditions and will provide confidence to grain shippers.

In addition, it is hoped that the railways will abide by the request to increase transparency and provide information on car order fulfillment by corridor, including the placement of rail cars at producer car loading sites and along shortline railways to the Grain Monitor.

“The Grain Growers look forward to continuing to work closely with all parties to build on the improvements that have already taken place”, continued Mr. Stanford. “The reliable movement of Canadian product is of vital importance to the livelihoods of our members across the country.”

The Grain Growers of Canada provides a strong national voice for over 50,000 active and successful grain, oilseed and pulse producers through its 14 provincial and regional grower groups, representing wheat, durum, barley, canola, oat, corn, soybean, pea, lentil, rye, and triticale farmers from across Canada. Our mission and mandate is to pursue a policy environment that maximizes global competitiveness and to influence federal policy on behalf of independent Canadian grain farmers and their associations.

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