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CO Wheat Groups and Union Pacific Form CO/UP Wheat Workgroup

Date Posted: January 26, 2012

Fort Collins, CO—The Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee (CWAC) and Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG), together with Union Pacific Railroad (UP) announce the creation of the CO/UP Wheat Workgroup.

The Workgroup will include members of CWAC and CAWG, Union Pacific’s Grain Team, the Colorado grain industry and Colorado transportation consultants who will work together on common understanding, accountability, education and discussion of rates and service issues.

“Working together will allow us to learn about the strengths and concerns of everyone concerned with rail shipping.

"CWAC and CAWG want to ensure the availability of reliable and reasonable transportation options for Colorado wheat farmers, and this workgroup will lead to greater mutual understanding with and of our marketing partners.” said Dan Anderson, Haxtun, CWAC Past President.

“We are glad UP wants to work together to further their understanding and knowledge of the Colorado wheat industry and its marketing partners and embrace the concept of working together to resolve differences.”

Eighty percent of Colorado’s winter wheat production typically moves by rail to Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Northwest ports for export to 67 different countries.

”This is an excellent example of our effort to reach out to all who may use rail to transport their goods.

"We are pleased to be collaborating with Colorado wheat producers on how we move their product by rail to its varied destinations,” said Paul Hammes, Union Pacific’s vice president and general manager – Agriculture.

CWAC and CAWG are the primary trade organizations representing Colorado wheat farmers, working together to build marketing partners to develop stronger domestic and export markets for Colorado wheat in the future.

For more information, call 970-449-6994.

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