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June 1, 2017

Unreliable grain transport – the case for good policy

This week we narrowly avoided a labour disruption at CN Rail. Once again, shippers in Canada were left in limbo on the future reliability of one of our two major railways. The panic that strikes the shippers in a situation like this is a symptom of the inherent problems with our rail system. What should be a mutually beneficial partnership is one that is strongly impacted by the fact that there are only two major railways in Canada. They have ...

May 19, 2017

Rail Bill promises long-term solutions for grain shipping in Canada

Concerns remain regarding the sunset of extended interswitching clause on August 1, 2017

May 19, 2017 (OTTAWA) - Grain Growers of Canada, the national voice of grain farmers, was pleased to see the May 16 introduction of Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act. The Bill contains many of the proposals long advocated by the grain industry to correct imbalances and improve the reliability of the grain freight rail system.

“It is clear that farmer voices have been heard,” said Jeff Nielsen, GGC President. “Grain farmers ...

May 8, 2017

Grain Growers call for extension to grain rail provisions

May 8, 2017 (OTTAWA) – Grain Growers of Canada today called for the federal government to extend the provisions in the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act (Bill C-30) that mandate the timely transportation of grain. This is essential to ensure that they are available for the upcoming grain year and that progress does not expire with the sunset date of Aug 1, 2017.

“Grain farmers have seen the positive impact of the emergency measures put in place in 2014,” said Jeff Nielsen, GGC President and ...

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”, ...

March 7, 2014

Grain Growers of Canada welcomes announcement on rail service

WINNIPEG, MB, March 7, 2014 - The Grain Growers of Canada welcomed today's announcement from Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport Canada, who are taking action to address the immediate grain backlog, helping deal with rail system logistics issues.

"We want to thank Ministers Ritz and Raitt for listening and taking action," said Gary Stanford, Grain Growers of Canada President. "We have held meetings with both of the Ministers and other government officials to ...

February 3, 2014

Grain Growers supports action on rail service

WINNIPEG, MB, Feb. 3, 2014 – Today in Winnipeg Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz released the Crop Logistics Working Group (CLWG) recommendations to improve rail service and the competitiveness of the supply chain.

“We want to thank Minister Ritz for continuing to recognise the rail capacity needs of grain farmers and the urgency of the current situation,” says Grain Growers Director, Dennis Thiessen from the announcement in Winnipeg today. “These recommendations make sense and they are needed at this time. Improving the frequency of ...


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