CropWeek 2010 – How The Canadian Wheat Board Manages Grain Transportation Logistics

I find that the grain logistics system in Canada is under a lot of criticism quite often.  I have heard several people in the last twelve months say to me that our rail handling system needs to be fixed.  So far, I have heard a lot of “the system is broken” but not of a lot of suggestions on what can be done.  Some people have even told me that our grain transportation system in Canada is just fine.   I have to admit that I am no expert on this subject whatsoever so all I can do is ask questions and try to draw some opinions from those in the so-called know.

At CropWeek 2010 I chatted with Mark Thibeault from the Canadian Wheat Board about some of the challenges or opportunities that he sees in the logistics system that we have in Canada currently.  Mark is the Senior Manager at the CWB for logistics and is responsible to make it as efficient as possible.

Let me know what you think of grain logistics.  Do you think it is as efficient as possible?  Can it be improved?

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Shaun Haney

Shaun grew up on a family seed farm in Southern Alberta. Haney Farms produces, conditions and retails wheat, barley, canola and corn seed. Shaun Haney is the founder of RealAgriculture.com. @shaunhaney

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