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CWB Says Keep Producer Car Sites

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The Canadian Wheat Board says it is urging CN Rail to reconsider its decision to close a number of producer-car loading sites across Western Canada.

The CWB says it is committed to assisting producer-car users, who loaded a record 12,447 producer cars during the 2008-09 crop year, as they work to make their farm operations more efficient.

In a release, the CWB said shipping grain by producer cars can save farmers $800 to $1,200 per car, depending on the producer’s location. It said the option of producer cars creates more grain-handling competition, which can result in benefits such as increased trucking incentives and lower grain-handling charges.

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