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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

The United Grain Growers 45,000-bushel elevator at Minnedosa in 1969.

Comment: Looking back at when co-ops ruled the elevator business

A new book reveals new information on the last days of the Prairie grain co-ops

If you’re younger, you may find it hard to believe that farmers used to own most of the Prairie grain and grain-processing industry and that they received part of the profits every year. If you’re older, you may know that, but wonder how that changed so quickly. And did it have to change? That’s the


The Rise and Fall of United Grain Growers was not an easy book to write, its author Paul Earl told a crowd attending the book’s launch at McNally Robinson’s
Grant Park store in Winnipeg Nov. 4.

Book chronicles the rise and fall of farmer-owned grain companies

Paul Earl concludes Agricore United didn’t have to be sacrificed on the altar of shareholder primacy

What began in 2004 as a history of United Grain Growers (UGG) founded in 1906, morphed into a chronicling of the birth and death of the West’s farmer-owned, co-operative grain companies and an investigation and challenging of the notion of shareholder primacy, which delivered the final blow to farmer dominance in the grain business and

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

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


Editorial: Brand name

As the writing began to appear on the wall for the Canadian Wheat Board, many wondered what would become of Brand Canada. The nation has long enjoyed a global reputation as a producer of high-quality milling wheat. Canada has been a dominant player in this lofty quality grouping since the legendary Red Fife and Marquis

“If people want to roll their eyes they should think about $150 million to $200 million being handed over to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.” – Stewart Wells

Proposed CWB class-action lawsuit takes another turn

Farmers were in court last week fighting Ottawa’s attempts to kill the legal action

A proposed class-action lawsuit against the federal government and G3 alleging farmers’ money helped privatize the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) continues to slowly make its way through the courts. A year ago the Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board, which supports the proposed lawsuit, was jubilant. On May 28, 2018 Master Shayne Berthaudin of the

Early terminal elevators, like this one at what’s now Thunder Bay, were subject to the “no mixing” rule.

The origin of the ‘no mixing’ rule

This regulation helped build Western Canada’s global grain reputation but it had downsides

Recent articles by the Manitoba Agricultural Museum on loading producer cars mentioned the “no mixing” rule that was in force in the early days of the western Canadian grain trade. One reader has inquired about the origin of this rule, which is a very interesting tale. The “no mixing” rule meant when grain was graded


Tax credit for MWBGA checkoff dollars

Credit of 14 per cent applies to reflect research and development

Farmers who contribute to the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) checkoff can claim a federal tax credit through the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) program. The credit is based on the amount of checkoff funds invested in research and development, which means 14 per cent of the MWBGA checkoff qualifies for the

Former Conservative ag critic won’t run again

A former Conservative agriculture critic best known for his work on the Canadian Wheat Board file won’t return to the House of Commons after this fall’s election. David Anderson, MP for the southwestern Saskatchewan riding of Cypress Hills-Grasslands since 2000, announced Monday he won’t seek re-election on Oct. 21. Anderson, 61, didn’t give a specific