The United States-Canada Free Trade Agreement, the North American Free Trade Agreement, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, Canadian ownership of United States rail infrastructure, United States investment in Canadian and Mexican rail, all are evidence of the move toward a synthesized North American system for marketing grain in the world market. As this region's agriculture industry seeks further efficiencies, the migration toward a borderless North American grain marketing system may be encouraged or discouraged by regulatory and economic forces. If the impetus to gain efficiencies in the system continues to support greater coordination within the North American marketing system, there are implications for the infrastructure and market structure for both U.S. and Canadian producers. For agriculture in the upper plains region of the United States, it seems deregulation of the rail industry initiated the compendium of change, including a move toward unit-train rail shipments, rationalization of the elevator and rail systems, and the emergence of the short-line rail industry. Procurement efficiencies have allowed producers the opportunity to deliver competitively priced products. Canadian agriculture has begun to position itself to recognize some of these same efficiencies. The re-positioning is the focus of this project. To allow United States agricultural producers to be proactive in their market, it is important to understand how changes in Canadian infrastructure and marketing may impact the grain marketing system and how these countries compete or interact in the market.


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  • Features: Appendices; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 80 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00744571
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MPC Report No 97-84
  • Files: UTC, NTL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 21 1998 12:00AM