Blog: The Wheat Sheaf
Alberta Wheat and Barley in the media: rail disruptions
In a Feburary 12, 2020 press release, the Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions called for a quick resolution to the ongoing rail blockades that have caused a massive grain backlog in Western Canada and have already seriously damaged farm incomes. The commissions have further called for the federal government to enforce the law and restore confidence in Canada's transportation system.
With millions of tonnes of grain waiting to be delivered to ports, disrupting cash-flow for farm families across Canada and harming Canada’s reputation as a reliable exporter, the rail blockades are now contributing to “a perfect storm” affecting the movement of this year’s crop. This included an eight-day CN strike in November, a 10-day cold spell in January, and constant rain in Vancouver that has hampered the loading of grain vessels. Farmers are still recovering from the “Harvest from Hell”, poor prices and market uncertainty.
The commissions have been pressing for a quick resolution to the blockades through the media:
February 12, 2020: 'Perfect storm': Anti-pipeline blockades deepen challenges for farmers after winter of rail headaches
February 13, 2020: CN rail closures from Wet’suwet’en protests affecting industry, farmers say
February 13, 2020: Railway blockages affecting Prairie farmers
February 14, 2020: CN rail closures impacting farming industry
February 14, 2020: Alberta starting to feel impact of Wet’suwet’en protests
February 17, 2020: 'Nearing a crisis situation': Rail blockades creating backlogs for farmers
February 19, 2020: Alberta blockade
February 21, 2020: Rail Blockade Sparks ‘Uncharted’ Logjam for Canada Grain Exports
February 21, 2020: Commodities blockades add to Canadian grain farmers' woes
February 23, 2020: Who is responsible for the Wet'suwet'en blockade impasse (15:22 - 22:11)