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7 / Mar / 2014



Alberta Federation of Agriculture pleased by federal government movement on grain backlog 


Lacombe, Alberta (March 7, 2014) – The Alberta Federation of Agriculture (AFA) applauds today’s federal government announcement of an Order in Council that requires Canada’s national railways to immediately increase the number of rail cars available to move the grain backlog currently sitting in grain bins and temporary storage across the prairies.

The Order in Council, which spans 90 days, requires that CN and CP both provide a minimum of 5,500 rail cars a week to move the grain, up from the current level of 2,500 cars per week. The rail companies face up to $100,000 per day in penalties for non-compliance.

“This temporary measure will provide some welcome breathing room while medium- and long-term solutions are being developed”, said AFA president Lynn Jacobson. “It will allow last year’s record crop to finally reach export markets, alleviating some of the cash flow pressures producers have been facing.”

“We have been advocating for an immediate intervention in this crisis, and we thank the federal government for taking action now”, continued Jacobson. “We are also grateful to Alberta Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson and our provincial government for the support they have demonstrated throughout this transportation logjam.”

The federal government announced plans to introduce legislation aimed at preventing a reoccurrence by strengthening Canada’s logistics system for agricultural products.

The AFA will continue to work with stakeholders to ensure that long-term, permanent solutions to provide stable access to rail services meet the needs of Alberta producers.  




  For More information, please contact:

(Mr.) Lynn Jacobson, President at 403-894-5208

Sheryl Rae, Executive Director at 403-505-4625




Alberta Federation of Agriculture is Alberta's largest producer funded general farm organization. Whenever decisions are being made thataffect the province's agricultural industry, we're there, providing aneffective voice for Alberta's farmers. For more information on AFA,please visit our website at: www.afaonline.ca