TRANSPORTATION

Updated: March 13, 2019

About Transportation

The movement of wheat to market is a crucial part of the market process. If we cannot move the world’s best wheat to our global markets, the quality makes no difference.

The Issues

There are many different parts of the process, from trucks moving grain from field to terminal, trains moving it to port, and ships moving it to foreign markets. Along the way are a series of logistics ranging from level crossings, bridges and tunnels, track and port capacity. When one part of the system breaks down, it impacts the entire system.

Our Position

Receiving Royal Assent in May 2018, Bill C-49 brought changes and introduced processes of how all wheat growers could hold the railways accountable for the movement of their grain. The Wheat Growers support this action.

What We Are Doing

Wheat Growers “Very Disappointed” Liberals Voted Back In

The President of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers says they're very disappointed to see the Liberals back in power. Gunter Jochum, who farms in Manitoba, says although the Liberals won a minority Government, the farming community sent a clear message they wanted to see a change in power.

Wheat Growers Disappointed With Election Results

Gunter Jochum, who farms in Manitoba, says although the Liberals won a minority Government, the farming community sent a clear message they wanted to see a change in power. "Anything rural in Ontario was blue as well, and us in the West, naturally all blue, and that is because of how the Liberals treated agriculture [...]

840 CFCW’s Cheryl Brooks had a chat with Dave Quist of the Wheat Growers regarding the upcoming federal election

One of the main concerns from many rural Canadians, especially those on the Prairies, is the lack of talk about agriculture during the federal election campaign. In reality, there's been very little and yet agriculture is one of the biggest economic drivers in the country. 840 CFCW's Cheryl Brooks had a chat with Dave Quist [...]

Federal Parties Answer Agriculture Questionnaire

The federal parties' commitments to farmers and the agricultural sector are highlighted in a questionnaire released by the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Tuesday. The questionnaire was sent to all registered political parties and consisted of five questions exploring their view on priorities for farmers overall, on transporting grain, trade barriers and carbon pricing.

One Stop Shop For Election Issues Affecting Grain Farmers

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association has put together a one stop shop for Federal election issues affecting grain farmers. Back in September, the farmer-run advocacy organization sent five questions to each of the registered parties on topics they thought would be of interest to prairie grain producers. The policy questions cover industry priorities such [...]

Wheat Growers Congratulate CP and CN for Record Grain Movement

CALGARY, AB: Congratulations are due to both CP and CN Rail for their record grain hauls in the past year. Both rail lines have filed their performance reports to July 31, as well as their 2019 – 2020 grain plan. “In spite of the agriculture trade disputes that we have around the world, which have […]

Grain farmers worried about oil by rail creating backlog

Western grain farmers are concerned about the Notley government leasing 4,400 rail cars to deliver Alberta’s oil.

Farmers can’t get bills paid for next year’s crop without C-49: Wheat farmer

William Pallister, director of grain industry association Western Canadian Wheat Growers, reacts to the plan unveiled by CN Rail to lay double tracks in order to deal with a backlog in grain shipments. He says interswitching will help increase competition between the two railways companies.

Moving grain focus of meeting between feds, farmers, and railways

“It’s to the point where we’ve heard enough,” said Daryl Fransoo, who farms in the Glaslyn area, about 200 km northwest of Saskatoon. 

Officials to discuss ways to put and keep grain in high gear to port

Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railways have previously announced plans for improved grain movement, but Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association director Daryl Fransoo says the time for talk is over and it’s results that now count.  

CN to invest $210 in Saskatchewan

“Moving grain from the Prairies to our customers in export markets is absolutely critical to western farmers,” said Jim Wickett, chair of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association and grain farmer at Rosetown, Saskatchewan.

Producers proceed with caution at passing of Bill C-49

A standoff between the House of Commons and the Senate has come to a close. Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act received royal assent Wednesday, allowing for railways to be financially penalized for failing to deliver promised rail cars.

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