One grain company says it can trace the source of individual deliveries back to the farm.  |  File photo

Grain handler can trace problem crop back to farm

It’s a scenario that keeps grain exporters awake at night. A vessel with 70,000 tonnes of Canadian grain arrives at port in Japan. Samples are taken and tested. The shipment is then rejected because the samples exceed the maximum residue limit for a particular pesticide. However, exporters such as Richardson International plan for such scenarios […] Read more

Railroad CSX vows to improve service

(REUTERS) —The head of No. 3 U.S. railroad CSX Corp promised on Wednesday to improve service as companies like Cargill Inc demanded greater accountability and fewer delays, criticizing an overhaul CSX launched six months ago. Customers have complained of longer transit times,unreliable switching operations, inefficient car routings and poor communications with CSX customer service. Chief […] Read more

Manitoba agriculture minister Ralph Eichler, left, Saskatchewan agriculture minister Lyle Stewart, federal agriculture minister Lawrence MacAulay and federal transport minister Marc Garneau talk about grain transportation at last week’s roundtable meeting with farm groups in Saskatoon.  |  William DeKay photo

Farm groups stand united on keeping revenue cap

Prairie farm groups delivered a unified message to federal transport minister Marc Garneau last week, telling him that maximum revenue entitlements (MREs) for railways must be retained in order to keep grain shipping costs in check. “It’s hugely important,” said Lynn Jacobson, president of the Alberta Federation of Agriculture. “We need to get it right.” […] Read more

The Alberta Wheat Commission, which represents Alberta's wheat growers, has put forward three major recommendations aimed at improving the grain transportation system. | File photo

Alta. wheat growers call for rail improvements

The Alberta Wheat Commission is renewing calls for regulatory reforms that it says will lead to a more equitable relationship between railways and grain shippers. In a Sept. 15 news release, the commission called for improved railway accountability through the introduction of reciprocal monetary penalties that could be applied against grain shippers or railway companies […] Read more

A former federal agriculture minister believes the China canola dockage issue won’t be resolved before the Sept. 1 deadline.
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Resolution thought doubtful for dockage dispute

A former federal agriculture minister believes the China canola dockage issue won’t be resolved before the Sept. 1 deadline. “I doubt it,” said Gerry Ritz, who served as agriculture minister for eight years under former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The U.S. Department of Agriculture appears to agree with him, according to a recent report […] Read more

Grain targets good first step, but not a solution: critics

Ottawa’s weekly grain targets won’t necessarily guarantee that the right grain is moved at the right time to the right location, say critics. Beginning next week, Canada’s major railway companies will be obligated to move a combined total of one million tonnes of prairie grain per week, which is the equivalent of 5,500 loaded hopper […] Read more

Cross border grain trade may see hurdles

VALLEY CITY, N.D. — Farmers in northern North Dakota expect to see more Canadian licence plates at local elevators come Aug. 1. But they aren’t sure if Canadian farmers will be seeing many American licence plates in the post-CWB monopoly era. “What if it’s cheaper to railroad it through Canada?” farmer Greg Svenningsen said on […] Read more