Canada’s barley industry applauds the federal government’s plan to improve the performance and reliability of rail transportation in Canada 

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(Calgary, AB) November 4, 2016 – The Barley Council of Canada (BCC) is extremely pleased with the recently announced Transportation 2030: The Strategy for the Future of Transportation in Canada.

“We are very thankful that the federal government and Minister Garneau met with producers and considered the transportation needs of Canadian agriculture,” said BCC Chair Brian Otto. “We are also very grateful that Minister MacAulay helped and continues to advocate for Canadian agriculture.”

Beginning in the first quarter of 2017, the Government of Canada will pursue legislation to allow reciprocal penalties in service level agreements between railway companies and their customers, and better define the terms for “suitable and adequate” rail service. Minister Garneau also announced a $10.1 billion investment to improve transportation corridors, which will boost Canada’s export efficiency.

“These changes, both in legislation and infrastructure, will have an enormous impact on Canada’s entire barley value chain,” continued Otto.

Annually, Canadian farmers and maltsters export over $1 billion of feed, malt and malting barley.

Over the years the BCC has advocated for improved rail transportation through consultations with government, and participation in the Coalition of Rail Shippers and the Crop Logistics Working Group. The BCC will continue to work with Minister Garneau, Minister MacAuley and government officials to ensure legislation meets the needs of producers and shippers.

The Barley Council of Canada (BCC) is Canada’s voice for barley. The BCC board includes members from all provincial barley and producer commissions, malting and brewing sector, feed and livestock industry, select grain handling companies and the barley research and seed community.

For more information, please contact:

Sydney Duhaime
Manager, Communications and Stakeholder Relations
Barley Council of Canada
403-219-7913
sduhaime@barleycouncil.com

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