Freight rates for grain for Saskatchewan farmers are going up this summer.
The Canadian Transportation Agency projects the grain rates will jump 4.1 percent to reflect higher railway labour and fuel costs.
The chair of the Saskatchewan Wheat Commission, Bill Gehl, says the higher rates will hurt farm income at a time of lower prices.
He hopes the rising rates ensure good railway performance:
“Transportation is really important to us,” said Gehl. “So, we can’t afford to have any hiccups and we hope this helps with that.
The grain rates are expected to take effect the beginning of the new crop year August first.