While bulk grain shipments are continuing to flow, fertilizer exports from the West Coast have been interrupted by the ongoing port worker strike. Over 7,000 port workers with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union have been on strike since Saturday, Fertilizer Canada has joined other industry and business organizations, including the Canadian Chamber of Commerce,… Read More

Richardson International has announced plans to upgrade eight elevators located on Canadian Pacific Kansas City rail lines in Western Canada. The work will allow these sites to load longer trains under CPKC’s 8,500-foot high efficiency product (HEP) model. The company says construction is set to begin at Richardson Pioneer locations in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba… Read More

Trade between countries is so much more than railways and ports, but if it can’t move, it can’t be sold. Canada is an export nation, but currently ranks just ahead of Azerbaijan according to the World Economic Forum’s rankings on infrastructure, transport infrastructure and trade infrastructure, says Carlo Dade, vice-president of Canada West Foundation. A… Read More

American grain giant Bunge and Viterra, owned by Switzerland’s Glencore, are reportedly in talks to become one super grain company. In a reversal of a few years ago, this time it appears it is Bunge setting out to take on Viterra to create a company that would have extensive assets in nearly every grain type… Read More

Last year, spurred by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food set out to better understand the impact of international volatility on grain and other commodity markets and the possible need for global aid. Following that process, the Committee then decided to look further in to global food insecurity, by starting… Read More

Three railways — CN Rail, Union Pacific Railroad and GMXT — are working collaboratively under what they’re calling Falcon Premium intermodal service, a Mexico-US-Canada service with rail connection in Chicago, Illinois. Falcon Premium will directly connect all CN origin points within Canada and Detroit, Michigan, to GMXT terminals in Mexico, namely at Monterrey, Nuevo Leon,… Read More

A group of 13 commodity and farm organizations representing grain shippers are calling on the federal government to move ahead with a commitment to bring back extended interswitching in the Canadian rail system. The 2023 federal budget included a promise to implement an 18-month pilot trial for extended interswitching. Interswitching allows a shipper that’s served… Read More

The federal government should grant an immediate exemption allowing third-parties to carry out required inspections of grain shipments on the West Coast, says the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association. The Canada Grain Act requires all grain exports leaving Canada by ship be inspected by the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC), but most of the CGC’s grain… Read More

Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work collectively on improving transport and logistics of economic goods across the region. Ministers for highways and transportation in all three Prairie Provinces say they will focus on four key areas Improve efficiency of inter-provincial highway and rail networks; Encourage the federal government… Read More

Within hours of Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, introducing the 2023-24 federal budget, comments in support of or criticism against the government’s proposed budget began to roll in. Livestock groups, including the Canadian Cattle Association and Dairy Farmers of Canada, are welcoming the government’s commitment to establishing a Foot-and-Mouth (FMD) disease… Read More

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board has issued its long-awaited decision on the merger of Canadian Pacific Railway and Kansas City Southern, authorizing the combination of the two railways to form the first railway connecting Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. The 212-page decision includes many conditions, but will allow CP to take control of KCS, forming… Read More

The problem with war is that there’s no way to know, really, what is going to happen. Jacob Shapiro, geopolitical analyst with Cognitive Investments, calls this the “fog of war,” and it creates uncertainty, volatility, and quick shifts in direction that are difficult to plan for. In the podcast and video below, RealAg Radio host… Read More

 

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