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$3-M study of grain shipping launched

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A five-year, $3-million review of Canada's grain shipping system was announced by agriculture minister Gerry Ritz this morning.

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A five-year, $3-million review of Canada's grain shipping system was announced by agriculture minister Gerry Ritz this morning. Photo Store

A five-year review of the Canadian logistics system has been launched in the midst of one of the most congested grain shipping seasons in years.

The $3-million study will be led by Pulse Canada and half the funding is coming from the federal Department of Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada.

Ag Minister Gerry Ritz, in Winnipeg this morning to announce the study, said moving the current bumper crop is behind by about 40,000 cars.

"But it's no good pointing fingers," Ritz said. "The industry depends on a reliable supply chain and we will be taking a holistic approach to this review."

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Updated on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 12:56 PM CST: Changed picture.

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