In light of grain logistics challenges, the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics hosted a Grain Handling and Transportion Summit in Saskatoon this week. Besides hearing presentations from stakeholders along the rail supply chain, delegates were also given the opportunity to voice their concerns, ask their questions and propose their ideas for solutions.
One of the presenters was Ian McCreary, a grain and cattle farmer from Bladworth, Saskatchewan. McCreary’s experience in policy, marketing and transportation is vast, having been employed by the Canadian Wheat Board, and later chairing the Transportation Committee as a director on the board.
McCreary’s suggestions ranged from improving the west coast’s capacity to handle grain to creating forward rail contracts and enhancing competition. Though McCreary suggested the revenue cap could be reviewed, he felt it very important to maintain. Ultimately, McCreary agreed with David Miller of CN Rail: this isn’t a “rail-only” problem.
Following his presentation, McCreary agreed to the following interview, where he expanded on the need for all stakeholders to be involved in planning and coordinating, the role of the revenue cap, his desire to see improved running rights and the future of the logistics conversation.
For details on the government’s latest move, introduction of the “Fair Rail for Grain Farmers” act, click here.