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American Ag Network | November 16, 2022

Columbia Grain is Cultivating Growth for Women in Agriculture

rom the combine to the boardroom, women in agriculture are helping to pave the way for a better future. Columbia Grain is committed to ensuring women are educated, encouraged, and empowered to succeed in their agricultural careers. They do this through their sponsorship of conferences like StrongHer Together and by cultivating the growth of their […]

Western Ag Network | November 14, 2022

Columbia Grain a Proud Supporter of Women in Agriculture

Like other industries, women play a very important role in Agriculture. And this week women from across Western Ag Network country will be gathering in Fort Benton, Montana for the StrongHer Together Conference. Shandel Fouts is an Accounting Clerk and Grain Buyer at Columbia Grain International (CGI) in Harlem, Mont. She says CGI is proud […]

Western Ag Network | October 27, 2022

Montana Farmer Sells Wheat for a 50-Cent Per Bushel Premium with Columbia Grain’s Producer Solutions

It’s been a rollercoaster ride for farmers this year when it comes to market swings for commodities like corn, soybeans and wheat. And Columbia Grain International (CGI) is trying to help farmers manage their risk and take advantage of the upswings with its new Producer Solutions platform. Brian Aklestad farms near Galata, Mont. He explains […]

Food Business News | October 07, 2022

Columbia Grain better serves retail customers through new packaging facility

Columbia Grain International has opened a new 60,000-square-foot packaging facility in Hastings, Neb. “As CGI sources beans and pulses straight from our network of American farmers we’re now able to provide custom retail packages without compromising quality, supply or safety,” said Bill Germano, manager of retail products. “And our new facility in Hastings, Neb., will […]

American Ag Network | September 28, 2022

Talking Harvest, Pulse Crops, Exports and More with Columbia Grain

Jesse Allen is joined by Columbia Grain CEO Jeff Van Pevenage to discuss harvest outlook, exports, pulse crops, more recent facility acquisitions and more

American Ag Network | September 14, 2022

Columbia Grain International Acquires Grafton Farmers Co-op Grain Co.

Columbia Grain International has acquired the grain handling assets of Grafton Farmers Co-op Grain Co., a local cooperative grain originator and merchandiser with locations in Grafton, North Dakota. CGI took operational control of the facilities last month and has maintained a steady flow of business during harvest. The acquisition strengthens CGI’s presence in the Northern […]

Western Ag Network | September 08, 2022

Strong Dollar Creating Challenges for International Customers Wanting to Buy American Commodities

Export markets are vitally important to America’s farmers. And this is especially true for pulse growers. However, Russia’s war on Ukraine has caused a lot of foreign currencies to weaken. Columbia Grain International CEO Jeff Van Pevenage explains it’s making it hard for international customers to afford pulses like lentils, dry beans and chickpeas. “Since […]

Capital Press | August 16, 2022

Grain exports from Port of Portland decrease 50% due to drought

Last year’s drought has cast a long shadow on wheat exports from the Port of Portland, whose grain handling volume has fallen by 50% in 2022. “You can’t ship what you don’t have,” said Kurt Haarmann, senior vice president of the grain division for Columbia Grain. The 2021 drought’s impact on production in the northern […]

Capital Press | July 28, 2022

Damage to John Day Dam navigation lock gate slows river traffic

A damaged lower guide wheel on the John Day Dam’s upstream navigation lock gate has slowed barge traffic on the Columbia River, but shippers and others say a delay is better than a closure during this especially busy time of year. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers technicians found the damage July 25 and closed the […]

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