Ottawa, November 26 – The CFA was extremely pleased to hear this morning that the CN and the teamsters reached a tentative deal and that CN rail service will begin resuming operations quickly.
“Farmers in the west rely on rail shipments to get agricultural products to market, and farmers across Canada rely on rail shipments to receive farm inputs, like fertilizer and propane. Propane is used to dry grain and heat animal barns. As a result, the interruptions in rail service came at a critical point in time for farmers.”
“Harvested crops need to be transported by rail to ports for export and farmers need propane to complete harvest and dry down grains to avoid losses. The delays in rail service have resulted in significant costs for farmers in the form of hefty demurrage fees from ships forced to wait at port as well as potential losses of crops due to a lack of propane for grain dryers. However, we can express relief that a resolution was found and these delays and losses are not continuing to mount for the agricultural community. Now farmers can get back to doing what we do best: contribute to the economic development, environmental stewardship and food security for everyday Canadians,” said CFA President, Mary Robinson.
The CFA, in light of this strike, will be consulting its membership to determine ways in which potential future rail service interruptions do not negatively impact Canadian farmers