Canada’s grain, oilseed and special crop farmers critically rely on rail transportation. Every order for a grain hopper car counts. In a complex supply chain, spanning an average of 1,520 kilometres, the ability of the railways to get agricultural products to an export position is crucial to every player in the value chain – especially to the farmer.
Rail is the most economical and efficient way to ship bulk grain. Unfortunately, Canada’s rail system is not consistent nor reliable and has not proven to be adept at handling the grain industry’s growth. For example, 2013’s record-breaking harvest should have resulted in a positive outcome for the grain industry, but subsequent poor rail performance threatened our reputation as a reliable supplier of quality products, and compromised the livelihoods of farmers and the growth of the Canadian economy.