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3 / March / 2014


Farm leaders meet with transport minister to resolve dire situation in grain movement



Lacombe, Alberta (March 3, 2014) - As the crisis in Prairie grain movement continues, Western farm leaders met last week with federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt in Ottawa to seek solutions to the  grain backlog that is affecting not only grain producers, but also those who buy grains domestically.

“British Columbia producers, myself included, can't get rail delivery of the feed grain we need right now," said Garnet Etsell of the British Columbia Agricultural Council. “We asked for immediate intervention to get that grain moving."

“A record harvest is tied up in grain bins and temporary storage across the Prairies, while producers have very real concerns that they won’t have the cash flow to fund this year’s seeding,” said Doug Chorney of Manitoba’s Keystone Agricultural Producers.

“We are losing markets, and the glut of grain sitting in elevators means prices are falling," said Norm Hall, president of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan. “This is impacting farmers, the economies of Western Canada, and the Canadian economy as a whole.”

The leaders from B.C., Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta were in Ottawa for the Canadian Federation of Agriculture annual meeting, where grain movement came up repeatedly during the two days of the meeting.

“Our meeting with Minister Raitt was very timely,” said Alberta Federation of Agriculture president Lynn Jacobson. “We realize that she is gravely concerned, and she agrees there must be short-term, medium-term and long-term solutions.”

In addition to meeting with Raitt, leaders also met with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Minister Gerry Ritz, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and other MPs.

Besides addressing transportation issues at the annual meeting, delegates passed over 30 resolutions. A complete list can be found on the CFA website at http://www.cfa-fca.ca/.




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 that affect the province's agricultural industry, we're there, providing an effective voice for Alberta's farmers. For more information on AFA, please visit our website at: www.afaonline.ca