Grain growers wanting to apply for producer cars will be able to do so online later this month.
Starting Monday (July 7), farmers who administer their own producer cars, as well as producer car administrators and agents, can apply for an account in the Canadian Grain Commission’s new online producer car application system.
On July 14, when the application period for producer cars for the 2014-15 crop year begins, the online system will begin accepting applications from account holders for producer cars.
Applicants must first register for a user account in the new system before they can submit applications, the CGC emphasized.
Producer car administrators or agents must use the online system to apply for producer cars for 2014-15, the commission said. Farmers who self-administer their own producer cars and don’t have web access may still apply by fax, the CGC said.
The 2014-15 ordering process was put on hold earlier this year until the online system could be launched. [Related story]
Outstanding producer car applications from the 2013-14 crop year will be carried into the new crop year at no charge to producers and with no need to reapply for those cars, the commission said.
Those cars will be prioritized in the order the original applications were received, based on factors such as requested type and grade of grain, and port availability.
The online system will allow the CGC to process applications more efficiently, chief commissioner Elwin Hermanson said in a release. “It’s also more convenient for producers and industry because you can apply for a producer car from anywhere you have an internet connection.”
Spotting updates for cars loaded on Canadian National Railway (CN) lines can be found on CN’s website, while spotting updates for cars loaded on Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) lines can be obtained from CP.
Farmers administering their own cars or producer car administrators can contact CP to become an “associated party,” which allows them access to car information on CP’s web site. — AGCanada.com Network