Ferland saves Pioneer

January 18, 2018

At this time, there are few grain elevators left on the Canadian prairies. This is because it is more and more difficult for a grain farmer (or any type of farmer) to make a living or even break even in the field of agriculture.

Canadian government control or lack of it has a lot to do with this.

In the 1980s, a decrease in grain elevators was already taking but here is one story about how one elevator was saved:

Gazette — Mankota-Glentworth edition

January 12, 1983

Ferland saves Pioneer

by Tanya Lester

The Pioneer Grain Elevator in Ferland is still in operation due to the lobbying work done by the Ferland Elevator Retention Group.

Aime Fournier, the group’s president, said now that the Pioneer Elevator is continuing to operate in the town, there will be further pressure to decrease the elevator’s grain handling to the 500,000 ? to 750000 bushel quantity…

If the elevator had closed, the businesses in town would have lost income from the farmers. The town would have also lost the elevator taxes. Mr. Fournier and others did not want to lose the town where they were born and raised.

With the signatures of 39 farmers indicating their wishes to keep the elevator open, the Ferland Elevator Retention Group began talking with Pioneer officials.

Mr. Fournier said they told the officials if the elevator was closed, Ferland area farmers would boycott Pioneer elevators in any other town to which they would be forced to haul.

Mr. Fournier talked with Otto Lang, Pioneer vice-chair and finally told the president of Pioneer that he had a month to make a decision concerning the fate of the elevator. The farmers had already approached Cargill and NM Patterson to build an elevator in the town.

Finally, in February 1981, Pioneer decided to build a new elevator leg and move two elevators together to improve the grain storage capacity. New scales also added to the improvements.

The “new” Pioneer elevator opened a year ago in February while the official opening was held in June. After seeing the elevator in operation for a year, Mr. Fournier said although improvements are still needed, it is “300 per cent better than what we had before.”

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