The federal government is committing $4.4 million in funding to study the permafrost conditions along the Hudson Bay Railway, which runs to Churchill, Manitoba. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra made the announcement in Winnipeg on Wednesday. Shifting permafrost and flooding have been ongoing or recurring challenges for the rail line, reducing the potential for export shipments… Read More

Approximately 750 signal and communications employees with CN Rail have gone on strike, as of June 18. The railway says the members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers rejected its final offer, which included a 10 per cent increase in wages over three years. “While we are disappointed in the current situation, we remain… Read More

Farmers Business Network has announced it has broke ground on its largest Canadian distribution centre to date. The 198,000 square foot distribution facility at Saskatoon is expected to be complete by November 2022. The facility will support farm input product fulfillment for the network’s 6,000 farmer members, the company says. Serving as the main fulfillment… Read More

CN Rail says it has received 72-hour strike notice from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which represents around 750 signal and communications employees who work for the railway. Union members could go on strike as soon as 11AM eastern on June 18. “CN has negotiated with the union in good faith and will continue… Read More

In the face of prolonged uncertainty, many farmers aren’t sure if the fertilizer required for the 2022 planting and seeding season will arrive in time. There’s an added layer of uncertainty in regards to what the final price tag will be when the fertilizer does arrive, as well. In late March, the RealAgristudies Insights Panel… Read More

The 2.5 day shutdown of CP Rail’s network last month was a sharp reminder why rail service, especially for agricultural commodities, should be deemed essential. Although the strike/lockout only lasted from a Sunday to a Tuesday, it caused weeks, even months, of disruption in already-stressed supply chains that rely on trains. The entire system was… Read More

In what feels like just a short time and also a lifetime ago, two months has passed since we asked the question of what you’re most worried about accessing for the year ahead. Our last poll on the topic included labour and feed, but we are focusing this latest poll on crop production (don’t worry… Read More

Farmers in Canada continue to face challenges of supply disruption related to fertilizer, parts, and crop protection products. After a 25% price increase in fall of 2021, BASF Canada has increased the price of its glufosinate-ammonium containing products which includes Liberty 150 SN by another 40%. According to the company, this price increase is a necessity… Read More

 

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