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: 'Enforce the law': Commodity groups call for quick resolution surrounding rail line protest

February 13, 2020: CN rail closures from Wet’suwet’en protests affecting industry, farmers say

February 13, 2020: Railway blockages affecting Prairie farmers

February 13, 2020: B.C. hereditary chiefs launch climate court challenge of contentious pipeline

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) 

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