A forum taking place in Saskatoon today is looking at the problems, and solutions, surrounding grain handling and transportation.  

The Grain Handling and Transportation Summit 2014 is a forum for stakeholders and experts to gather and discuss the state of grain movements and price, as well as short and long term solutions. 

Richard Gray, a Saskatoon economist and one of the organizers of the event, said farmers could lose as much as $4-billion this year because of transportation problems.

He said that uncertainty is causing grain companies to charge farmers more for handling their grain. The problem will worsen if changes aren't made.

"We do need more rail movement, that's for certain," he said. "But we also need to increase port capacity, so that we can handle maybe 40-million tonnes of exports, easily."