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

Cattle coming north, a tax credit for processing development, and trucking e-logs are all top of mind for Alberta’s Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, Nate Horner. Speaking at this week’s Alberta Beef Industry Conference, Horner says the announced Agri-Processing Investment Tax Credit won’t be in place until the current government passes its budget, but the credit… Read More

There’s no doubt that conversations have been buzzing in both the Canada and the U.S. when it comes to challenges and issues around electronic trucking logs. Electronic log book laws have been put in place, effective January 1, 2023, in effort to increase safety on the roads, which of course is the number one priority,… Read More

Farmers and agronomists across Western Canada are understandably concerned about insecticide options for pest control in 2023. Following the late November announcement of lambda-cy-containing products Silencer and Matador being pulled from retail locations, many are wondering if the remaining available products will be in short supply for the year. One of the alternative options for… Read More

The Canadian Transportation Agency has issued its ruling on how CN and CP Rail’s profits from transporting Western Canadian grain compared with their regulated maximum grain revenue entitlements for the 2021-2022 crop year. CN’s grain revenue last crop year was reported at $592,208,589 — $3,068,088 above its maximum entitlement, while CP’s grain revenue was $515,508,638… Read More

The full brunt of the 35 per cent tariff on Russian-sourced nitrogen in 2022 didn’t just equal millions of dollars paid by Canadian farmers, it also put a spotlight on the challenges of some global trade flows. Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) commissioned StoneX to explore the issue, and author of “Farmers Need Fertilizer,” Josh… Read More

CN Rail says October was its best single month ever for grain movement in Western Canada. The company says it moved over 3.23 million metric tonnes from the Prairies, exceeding the previous record set in October 2020 by 50 thousand metric tonnes. “Really from the end of September through the third week of October, we’ve… Read More

Supply chains of consumer goods may be global, but they all start as local, and the pre-pandemic, just-in-time model of logistics has faced serious challenges in the last two and a half years. Challenges to Canada’s supply chains, however, pre-date current global backlogs, but the pandemic did prompt the federal government to create a National… Read More

 

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