News Release - May 25, 1999
BRADLEY OFFERS PROVINCIAL SUPPORT FOR GRAIN LOGISTICS PILOT PROJECT
Highways and Transportation Minister Judy Bradley today signed a
Memorandum of Understanding with West Central Road and Rail and Golden
Prairie Short Line Rail Co-op in which the government has committed to
support a Grain Logistics Pilot Project.
"I am extremely pleased Highways and Transportation can support these
two groups in their efforts to develop alternate grain handling
services to increase the net incomes of producers," Bradley said.
"The department is providing technical support and up to $100,000 to
aid in the design and implementation of the Grain Logistics Program."
Studies have indicated that there are substantial savings to be
generated through improved logistics systems that increase the
efficiency of how grain is moved to market.
"The Grain Logistics Pilot Project tests a concept that is designed to
reduce farmers costs for grain handling and transportation by
eliminating unnecessary steps," Bradley said.
The Project involves the use of information technology which records
the type and amount of grain a producer has in storage and a system of
blending and obtaining grain in a timely manner to meet just-in time
"When grain is required to meet the sales commitments of the Canadian
Wheat Board it can be loaded directly onto railcars or handled at
track-side loading facilities further reducing costs to the producer,"
This means branch-lines will play an important role in the Grain
Logistics Pilot Project. West Central Road and Rail and the
Golden Prairie Short Line Rail Co-op have demonstrated they can
meet the demands of this system.
"As a potential shortline operator, our purpose is to retain
traffic on the line," said Rob Lobdell, President of West Central
Road & Rail. "As a local producer, it is essential to regain a
position in the decision-making process and be allowed to explore
alternatives that will support our bottom line."
"We are always ready to look at creative options that will allow
farmers to maximize their returns," said Ken Ritter, Canadian
Wheat Board Director of district four.
Municipal and Provincial governments will benefit from this
initiative through decreased road costs, retention of a rural
infrastructure, increased income and sustained stability for
"I am pleased my government can work closely with rural
Saskatchewan and contribute in any way we can," Bradley said.
"Finding real solutions in this changing market place will also
help us meet the growing pressures put on our road system and
For more information, contact:
Bill Cook Rob Lobdell
Grain and Rail Specialist President
Saskatchewan Highways Grain, Rail and Area Planning,
and Transportation West Central Road &Rail
Phone: (306) 787-5526 Phone: (306) 962-4528