VIDEO: As rail service declines, some canola crushers forced to sit idle

*[UPDATED, Mar. 12, 2018] Poor rail service is forcing some Canadian canola crushers to shut down temporarily, costing them millions of dollars in lost capacity. Manitoba Co-operator reporter Allan Dawson spoke with Canadian Oilseed Processors Association executive director Chris Vervaet about the issue March 8 during the Canola Council of Canada’s annual general meeting in Palm Springs, Calif.

*This interview refers to canola crushers losing about $2.4 million every day they are shut down due to poor rail service. The amount varies with the value of canola and meal, but currently it’s around $1.8 million, not $2.4 million.

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Allan Dawson

Allan Dawson is a reporter with the Manitoba Co-operator based near Miami, Man. Covering agriculture since 1980, Dawson has spent most of his career with the Co-operator except for several years with Farmers’ Independent Weekly and before that a Morden-Winkler area radio station.

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