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NEWS & MEDIA ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


12 / March / 2018

 

 

AFA Concerned with Another Breakdown in Rail Transportation

 

The Alberta Federation of Agriculture (AFA) is once again expressing concerns and frustration over another breakdown of the rail transportation system in Canada, due to the lack of locomotive power & staffing, which has resulted in a major backlog of grain, oil and container traffic across the Prairies.

 

“Farmers are all too aware of how detrimental this lack of service or backlog can be, resulting in the immobilization of our grain and affecting our livelihood,” noted Lynn Jacobson, President of AFA.  “Today, we are seeing history repeat itself, as the disruption of cash flow hits producers at the most inopportune time with spring planting on the horizon.”

 

The transportation of prairie grain by rail is a crucial element in Canada’s economy.  As one of the world’s largest exporters of agricultural and agri-food products, the provision of stable and reliable transportation that makes international markets accessible is of critical importance. 

 

The issue of transportation inefficiencies has long been on AFA’s radar, along with its provincial counterparts across Canada who have pushed for a comprehensive, long-term transportation strategy to address these issues.

 

“With the last grain transportation crisis negatively impacting our industry, it goes without saying that the lack of action on the part of our Federal Government in past years is highly disappointing,” said Jacobson.  “While the passing of Bill 49 in its current form is a start, it will not fully address all of the issues surrounding rail transportation for the industries that rely on it.

 

AFA will continue to monitor this situation and advocate on behalf of Alberta’s farmers to ensure that rail transportation issues are addressed in a pro-active manner moving forward.

 

 

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For More information, please contact:

 

Shannon Scofield

Executive Director

Alberta Federation of Agriculture

Ph: 403-789-9151

Email: Shannon.scofield@afaonline.ca

 

 

Alberta Federation of Agriculture is Alberta's largest producer funded general farm organization. Whenever decisions are being made that affect the province's agricultural industry, we're there, providing an effective voice for Alberta's farmers. For more information on AFA, please visit our website at: www.afaonline.ca