Prairie Post (East Edition)

2021 Win­ter Grain Move­ment

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The West­ern Cana­dian Wheat Grow­ers of­fers con­grat­u­la­tions to both CN Rail and CP for the record vol­ume of grain and grain prod­ucts moved in Jan­uary 2021.

“Our in­ter­na­tional cus­tomers de­pend upon re­li­able grain de­liv­ery to move our prod­ucts from the lo­cal ter­mi­nal to port, al­most ex­clu­sively by rail. Win­ter months have been a trans­porta­tion chal­lenge in the past, but this year, record vol­umes of our grain was suc­cess­fully moved,” said Daryl Fran­soo, Chair.

With over 20 mil­lion met­ric tonnes or 90% of the wheat grown in West­ern Canada be­ing ex­ported, a re­li­able trans­porta­tion chain is para­mount. The Cana­dian grain and oilseeds mar­ket is largely off­shore. With stiff com­pe­ti­tion, we need to be cer­tain our prod­uct moves ef­fi­ciently to those mar­kets.

To lose our com­pet­i­tive edge through trans­porta­tion slow­downs, in­put costs or weather dis­as­ters means our com­peti­tors take the up­per hand. In a global mar­ket, we need to be ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive with the is­sues we can con­trol. Grain and oil seed ex­ports play a key role in sta­bi­liz­ing and grow­ing the Cana­dian econ­omy as we move through this global pan­demic.

“We are re­as­sured that this puts Canada back on track as a re­li­able ship­per and grain farm­ers ex­pect it to stay that way. Both rail com­pa­nies de­serve credit for up­ping their game and we ask them to con­tinue to grow this level of ser­vice,” closed Jim Wick­ett, Sec­re­tary-Trea­surer of the We­hat Grow­ers

The West­ern Cana­dian Wheat Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion is a vol­un­tary farmer-run ad­vo­cacy or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to de­vel­op­ing pub­lic pol­icy so­lu­tions that strengthen the prof­itabil­ity and sus­tain­abil­ity of farm­ing, and the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try as a whole. The 50th an­niver­sary book, “War­riors For Wheat” is avail­able to pur­chase on­line.

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