New federal legislation is being introduced next spring which will make life easier for Saskatchewan farmers.
The legislation is to include penalties for rail companies and grain shippers that don’t meet service level agreements.
Problems have existed in the past when grain has remained in bins as rail cars have stalled.
Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart is hopeful these changes will be the solution to the problem.
“The devil can be in the details with legislation but, from what we have heard so far, the response is very favourable and generally what we have been asking for,” Stewart explained.
“It is very important that the federal government comes up with workable solutions.”
Stewart contends too often the power has been in the hands of the rail companies to the detriment of those trying to move product.
The second-largest crop on record is expected this year and farmers are worried about a repeat of a rail bottleneck that happened in 2013-2014 when much of the crop was left sitting in bins for months.