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Canadian Government acts to get grain moving in Western Canada

Today the Ministers Ritz and Raitt announced an Order in Council which will take effect immediately, setting weekly minimums of grain that the rails must move. CN and CP will each be responsible for moving 500,000 tonnes of western grain each week, or else face daily fines of up to $100,000.

There will be a 4 week ramping up period for the rails to meet this standard, which represents a 100% increase from their current levels.

This year’s grain crop is expected to be around 90 million tonnes, up from last year’s 71 million.

Robynne Anderson

Robynne has extensive experience in the agriculture and food sector, working throughout the value chain – from basic inputs to farmers in the field to the grocery store shelf. She works internationally in the sector, including speaking at the United Nations on agriculture and food issues, and representing the International Agri-Food Network at the UN.Throughout her career she has worked with farm organisations like the Prairie Oat Growers Association, the National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi and the Himalayan Farmers Association, as well as global groups, to further the voice of agriculture in the food debate. She has also worked with Fortune 500 companies growing worldwide businesses to assist them with issues management and strategy decisions.

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