Canadian National releases 2019-2020 grain plan

Written by David C. Lester, Editor-in-Chief
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Canadian National Railway announced that it has published its 2019-2020 Grain Plan and that it has established a CN Agricultural Advisory Council.

The Grain Plan reviews CN’s performance during the previous crop year, which was a CN all-time record, assesses CN’s ability to move anticipated levels of grain during the upcoming crop year, and it identifies specific steps that CN is taking to ensure it has the necessary capacity to move grain efficiently. For the second year, CN will again voluntarily update the plan on a monthly basis to ensure transparency and accountability.

The Grain Plan is developed through consultations with grain industry stakeholders. During June and July, CN proactively consulted with leaders of major farming and commodity organizations and customers, seeking their input into the Grain Plan for the 2019–2020 crop year. CN also published an open invitation on its website seeking comments on its draft Grain Plan from interested individuals and stakeholders.

To help entrench CN’s culture of stakeholder engagement and to formalize ongoing consultations with diverse members of the agricultural industry, CN is pleased to announce the creation of an Agricultural Advisory Council, a first for a Canadian railway. The Council will be one of the main consultative bodies to provide CN with advice on the CN Annual Grain Plan and feedback on the CN Winter Plan. It will also serve as a forum to discuss policy issues that impact the agricultural industry, including the international trade situation, regulatory barriers, and other emerging issues.

“CN moved over 27.5 million metric tonnes (MMT) of grain during the 2018-2019 crop year and broke several records, further demonstrating that by working together with members of the agricultural sector, we can achieve great things,” said Sean Finn, executive vice-president, corporate services, and chief legal officer of CN. “After having the opportunity, over the past few years, of meeting with farm leaders and agricultural groups, the creation of an advisory council became an obvious way to keep the discussion going on how to better serve our agriculture partners. We want them to raise issues and offer us unbiased and honest perspectives on what works, what does not, what needs to be improved and what are key future trends. We look forward to working closely with them and listening to their concerns and advice.”

“It is important to have farmers at the table when it comes to improving services that impact them directly,” said Alanna Koch, chair of the CN Agriculture Advisory Council. “I welcome the opportunity to work with CN to ensure that the path of building strong relationships with growers and key agriculture stakeholders continues and that it adds value to improving the supply chain.”

From a Canadian National press release.  For more information, go to cn.ca.

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