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Loading grain on a vessel at a Burrard Inlet terminal. (Maxvis/iStock/Getty Images)

B.C. longshoremen to take strike vote this week

MarketsFarm — The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) is urging members at Canada’s West Coast ports to vote for a strike, as negotiations for a collective agreement have dragged on for over a year. The union members’ vote takes place Wednesday and Thursday (May 8-9). ILWU and the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) […] Read more

Pass Bill C-49 before Parliament breaks in June: That was KAP president Dan Mazier’s message to the Commons agriculture committee March 19 in Ottawa. (ParlVU screen shot)

Get grain moving again, KAP says

Move western grain, ASAP. That’s the blunt and urgent message Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) president Dan Mazier told an emergency meeting of the House of Commons’ agriculture committee Monday in Ottawa. The 2013-14 grain shipping backlog cost Western farmers around $6.5 billion and the current one will cost billions again, Mazier said. The first step […] Read more

More producers are turing their attention online to help market their grain.  Photo: File/Lorraine Stevenson

Grain marketing shifting to a digital focus

Winnipeg | CNS Canada – The future of grain marketing includes access to a larger market for producers online, according to Lyle Ehrmantraut. “You have to be able to see the deals to make the best decisions. So without all the deals in front of you in a centralized system I don’t know how it’s […] Read more

“We’re ready to move whatever size grain crop that we see this year,” says David Przednowek, CN’s director of grain marketing.

CN sets new record for grain shipment

Better communication with partners and longer trains help move grain faster, more efficiently

Canadian National (CN) Railway set a new record for grain shipment in 2016-2017, nudging past the 2014-15 record by two per cent. The railway moved a total of 21.8 million tonnes in the last year, and also set new monthly shipping records during the fall and winter. The railway attributes its success to a combination […] Read more

Grain cars moving, but not fast enough for some farmers

Grain cars moving, but not fast enough for some farmers

Poor weather slows loading on the West Coast

With spring around the corner, some farmers are worried they won’t get grain delivered before road bans and field work begins. Brian Stratuliak is a grain and cattle producer in the Dawson Creek, B.C., area. He had planned to deliver 300 tonnes of feed wheat this winter, but has only been able to deliver 120 […] Read more

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Grain elevators applaud the Parliamentary Committee’s rail recommendations

The Western Grain Elevator Association (WGEA) has added its voice to grain industry organizations praising a report from the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities on rail transportation affecting grain shippers. Recommendations in the report broadly encompass the adjustments required to the Canada Transportation Act to ensure the Canadian economy prospers in the long […] Read more