MEDIA ADVISORY – Farmers facing urgent cash-flow crunch due to rail backlog

Grain producers to hold media conference 

March 1, 2018 – The Canadian Federation of Agriculture is hosting a media conference tomorrow on Parliament Hill to convey the urgency of cash-flow concerns facing grain farmers, whose product shipments are stalled due to poor rail service.

Several farmers from the western provinces will speak about how these stressful experiences are affecting farms in their communities.

CFA members are in Ottawa for the Federation’s Annual General Meeting, and many have taken time to also meet with elected officials to voice their concerns.

WHAT:  News Conference

WHEN: Thursday, March 1, 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Room 130-S, Centre Block, Parliament Hill

WHY: CFA and other farm groups will raise awareness for their call on the government to expedite amendments to Bill C-49 and pass the legislation as soon as possible, as it contains provisions that could help address the railway bottleneck.

WHO:  Speakers include:

  1. Ron Bonnett, CFA President
  1. Todd Lewis, President, Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan
  1. Dan Mazier, President, Keystone Agricultural Producers (Manitoba)
  1. Jeff Neilson, President, Grain Growers of Canada

About CFA

CFA is the country’s largest national general farm organization. Founded in 1935, CFA works on behalf of Canada’s farmers to ensure the continued development of a vibrant agriculture and agri-food industry in Canada. Members include provincial general farm organizations as well as national and inter-provincial commodity organizations. Through its membership, CFA represents over 200,000 Canadian farm families.

Media Contact: 

Janice Hall
Director of Communications / Directrice des communications
Canadian Federation of Agriculture / Fédération canadienne de l’agriculture
21 Florence Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 0W6
613-236-3633 ext. 2322