Changes needed for railways to meet agricultural needs
By Mary-Jane BennettAug. 29, 2016
The 16-year old law capping revenues rail companies are allowed to earn from shipping grain discourages badly needed infrastructure spending.
Transport Minister Marc Garneau should consider whether incentives are in place that give railways reason to make investments that are needed to support Canada's farming industry, writes Mary-Jane Bennett. Photograph courtesy of National Airlines Council of Canada
Ideal seeding conditions, near-record soil moisture and a good growing season seem to be aligning to give Canadian farmers a whopper of a crop this fall harvest.
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