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Opinion: ‘Canadian grain — it won’t hurt you’

A merged Cigi/Cereals Canada should deal with customers, not consumers

In 1935, the Canadian Wheat Board launched a promotion campaign in the United Kingdom with a film called “The Kinsmen.” It showed how British immigrants to Canada were now farmers sending wheat back to their “kinsmen” in the U.K. The film showing how their wheat was grown, harvested and shipped had high production values for

2019-20 CWRS major grading factors.

Mildew top degrading factor for CWRS grades No. 2, 3 and CW Feed

Based on early samples assessed by the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) through its Harvest Sample Program this fall, sprout damage was not the top factor reducing the grade of western Canadian wheat in the Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) class. The single biggest degrading factor was mildew affecting 24.7 per cent of the No. 2,


JoAnne Buth looks back at a carer of change as she enters retirement.

JoAnne Buth: a life in agriculture

Cigi’s newly retired CEO didn’t have a plan, but walked through new doors as they opened

JoAnne Buth is an expert in removing mosquito ovaries. Her favourite insect is the weevil. She’s one of the newest members of the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame. And if you keep reading you’ll learn lots more about the recently retired CEO of Cigi — the Canadian International Grains Institute — and her auspicious agricultural

Canola shipments to China have been under scrutiny for years Buth said.

Buth unsurprised by China’s Canadian canola ban

As canola council president she helped keep the border open in 2009 but suspected China would eventually try to ‘control things’

China’s ban on Canadian canola seed is something JoAnne Buth, a former president of the Canola Council of Canada, has been expecting since 2009. “In September 2009 we managed to negotiate with the Chinese to keep the border open on this whole issue,” Buth said in an interview May 22 as she prepared to retire

The Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre will take part in a

Canada’s barley sector streamlining for synergy

Barley Council, Cereals Canada, CMBTC, Brewing and Malting Research Institute formalize collaboration

Canada’s barley industry wants to become more efficient and effective through increased co-operation, says Barley Council of Canada (BCC) chair Zenneth Faye. To that end the BCC “will undergo a strategic realignment” with Cereals Canada, the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC), and the Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute (BMBRI) starting Aug. 1. “The


The Canadian International Grains Institute was created in 1972 to provide market development and technical support for Canadian wheat and other field crops.

What will become of Cigi?

Merger talks between Cigi, created 45 years ago to promote Canadian grain exports, and Cereals Canada could come to a head this month


Cigi’s future could soon be clearer. For more than a year, the Canadian International Grains Institute, created in 1972 to provide market development and technical support for Canadian wheat and other field crops, and Cereals Canada, which represents the country’s cereals sector, have been considering merging. Cigi could decide on that during its annual meeting

Stuck in the middle on world trade

In a world of trade disputes between economic superpowers, Canada needs to develop its capacity to respond quickly

Industry leaders say Canada needs to step up its efforts to protect the agricultural sector’s interest in what has been characterized as “… the most protectionist era since the Great Depression.” While it’s encouraging that reference by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland shows the federal government is aware of the issues caused by rising trade

It's not an easy time for durum growers currently as durum prices are well below the cost of production.

Opinion: Farmers’ voices important on crop missions

The Canadian wheat new crop missions for 2018 are well underway. These are missions organized and co-ordinated through three organizations: Cereals Canada, Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) and the Canadian Grain Commission. They take place over six weeks in November and December and include missions to 17 of our top markets for wheat and durum.


Richardson International’s Jean-Marc Ruest says the company is willing to look at the canola council’s revised priorities, but for Richardson to rejoin the council it must see the benefits justify the cost.

Will Richardson International rejoin the Canola Council?

Jean-Marc Ruest says it all boils down to whether the benefits of membership outweigh the membership fee

Whether Richardson International will rejoin the Canola Council of Canada in the wake of a major review of funding and priorities is still uncertain. When interviewed last week Jean-Marc Ruest, the company’s senior vice-president of corporate affairs, didn’t rule it out but also didn’t leave the impression Canada’s biggest grain company is champing at the

Opinion: My trade mission in South America

South America is a long way from my farm near Reston, Manitoba. I left home on November 11 as the farmer representative on the South American leg of the 2018 Canadian wheat new crop missions. Between November and December, new crop mission seminars will take place in 17 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East,