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Government to meet with rail companies on grain backlog

A provincial delegation looking into problems with grain shipping is going back and forth between grain companies and rail companies to get answers about how to solve some major rail delays.

Horse trainers 'mane' event at Equine Expo

Horse trainers trotted out their best at the third annual Equine Expo’s trainers competition at Prairieland Park this weekend.

Over the course of the three-day event, competitors had three hours to train their own young horse who had never been ridden before.

At the final competition on Sunday, trainers must guide their horse through a series of tests and obstacles to show who has helped their horse improve the most over the weekend.

5.4 million tonnes of grain waiting for shipment by rail

The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) is hoping that a delegation of cabinet ministers put together by the provincial government will help to clear up a huge problem in Canada’s grain supply chain.

On Wednesday, Premier Brad Wall said the delegation would be meeting with both grain and rail companies to discuss a backlog in grain shipments that is hurting Saskatchewan’s farmers.

Provincial delegation to seek solutions for grain backlog

The continued stall in grain shipments has the provincial government forming a delegation that will meet with both grain and rail companies to find a solution.

Premier Brad Wall has appointed three cabinet ministers to head the delegation. Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart, Economy Minister Bill Boyd and Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris have all been named to the delegation along with Legislative Secretary for the Agriculture Minister and MLA Scott Moe.

Meetings planned to gain information on grain backlog

There may not be a strike at CN Rail, but it doesn't change the fact there's still a major backlog getting the record crop to port.

"That would have been the icing on the cake, wouldn't it have?" says a relieved Norm Hall, president of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS), which is planning two symposiums later this month to gather the facts about this year's transportation issues.

"What we need to do is put some real numbers to the conversation that's happening at the coffee shop."

Wall, Ritz react to various ag issues during Sask. Trade Summit

All things agriculture was on the table at the Saskatchewan Trade Summit in Saskatoon Wednesday.

Premier Brad Wall and Federal Agricultural Minister Gerry Ritz discussed everything from Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) to the railway backlog and the looming CN Rail strike.

Country of Origin Labelling

Saskatchewan's Premier is bringing the heat on COOL.

Canadian cattle producer explains why COOL hurts trade

American lawmakers have passed a new farm bill that leaves the controversial Country of Origin Labelling policy in place, despite lobbying from Canadian livestock groups and politicians to change it.

COOL regulations came into effect in 2008. The rules now require meat processing plants to add three labels identifying where the livestock was born, raised and slaughtered, therefore imposing extra costs on U.S. packers who now have to process Canadian livestock separately.

Sask. government supports retaliation for U.S. labeling

The Saskatchewan government is supporting the idea of Canada fighting back against harmful meat labeling practices in the United States.

Imposing tariffs on U.S. products could be a last resort for the Canadian government in the fight against restrictive Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) policies for meat products. Canadian politicians and livestock producers were hopeful that the trade dispute would be resolved during negotiations on the U.S. Farm Bill this week, but that change was left out of the new bill.

Weyburn Inland Terminal announces tentative sale

Shareholders in a Saskatchewan grain handling company could be making a big trip to the bank.

In a news release issued Friday Weyburn Inland Terminal announced that it has struck a tentative agreement with Winnipeg-based Parrish & Heimbecker. If shareholders sign off on the deal it could be worth $94 million.

The deal could be approved at a meeting in either February or March.

Weyburn Inland Terminal has been operating in Saskatchewan for 40 years. P & H is a family owned company that has been working in Canada for more than 100 years.

Grain backlog on railways adds fodder to political push for pipelines

It seems recent problems in the transportation industry are giving provincial and federal politicians fodder for the oil pipeline debate.

Earlier in the week, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced that the federal government would be chipping in $1.5 million on a five-year study of Canada’s rail transportation industry.

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