Tag: Wade Sobkowich

Grain companies looking forward to taking proposed rail legislation for a test drive

“It’s not perfect, but it is better than we expected.” The new rail legislation introduced by the federal government checks off most of the boxes on the list for grain shippers, says Wade Sobkowich, who represents major grain companies as executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association. Bill C-49 would give shippers the right… Read more »

Do Farmers Benefit When Grain Companies and Railways Have Friction with Each Other?

This week on RealAg Radio, Shaun and Kelvin debated whether farmers were benefitting from the spat between the railways and the Western Grain Elevators Association, and more specifically executive director Wade Sobokowich. See More: Railways Offering “Pretty Good” Performance, Amid PR Effort and Finger-Pointing What do you think? Is this finger pointing by the railways… Read more »

Railways Offering “Pretty Good” Performance, Amid PR Effort and Finger-Pointing

It’s not often we hear grain company spokespeople commend railways, but that’s the case this fall, as the grain supply chain handles one of the largest crops in Western Canadian history. “As a general statement, we think rail performance has been pretty good this fall,” says Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator… Read more »

No Change to Manipulator’s Status for 2016

As the time for applying a plant growth regulator (PGR) to wheat approaches, there have been many questions about whether Manipulator, a PGR introduced in Canada by Engage Agro in 2015, has been approved for exports into the US. The answer is no. “Engage Agro does not anticipate the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) in the… Read more »

TWORA — From Earls to Costco, Neonics to Quinclorac — April 28

Seeding activity is beginning in more areas, Earls — the place you go (or went) for nice steak – has upset many in the ag community, there’s a herbicide controversy in the canola industry, and Ontario farmers are figuring out where to go with their case for having access to neonic seed treatments. The ag… Read more »

Why Won’t Grain Companies Take Quinclorac-Treated Canola?

The message to canola growers from the Canola Council of Canada and grain companies over the last few months has been straightforward: Don’t apply quinclorac herbicide to canola this year because it could jeopardize exports. Farmers will have to sign a declaration saying their canola has not been treated with quinclorac for it to be accepted… Read more »

Producers, Grain Companies Welcome Plan to Extend Rail Rules for Moving Grain

Producer and grain industry groups are applauding the federal government’s plan to extend measures meant to keep grain moving to market by rail. Several provisions implemented during the grain backlog in 2014 as part of Bill C-30, the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act, are scheduled to be repealed on August 1, 2016. On Friday, Ag… Read more »