By Matt Villeneuve
JoAnne Buth is resigning from Senate to head up the Canadian International Grains Institute.
The Canadian International Grains Institute has appointed a new leader.
It's Canadian Senator JoAnne Buth.
She is leaving the Senate to go back to her roots in agriculture.
Buth had been president of the Canola Council of Canada before being appointed by Prime Minister Harper to the Senate in 2012.
The federal transport and agriculture departments are working to get the regulations supporting new rail service legislation in place by the start of the new crop year on August 1st.
Bill C-30 was given Royal Assent last week.
Grain shippers have been calling for the right to service agreements with railways to hold them accountable for poor service.
The government says service level agreements are underscored in the legislation and the rules around them will be detailed in the regulations.
C-N Rail says last month its trains were shipping record levels of Canadian grain.
The U-S Department of Agriculture has some good news about the condition of crops.
The progress report from the U-S-D-A says corn is rated as 76 per cent good to excellent -- that is 13 points better than a year ago.
Soybean planting is ahead of the 5 year average.
The U-S-D-A says 78 per cent of the crop is planted -- which is 8 points ahead of the 5 year average.
The report also says 88 per cent of the spring wheat has been planted -- and 30 per cent is rated good to excellent.