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OilSeed & Grain News | June 02, 2020

The Push and Pull of Pulses, CGI Barrels Ahead

It must have been fate because all that the 20-year-old Jeff VanPevenage wanted to do was trade wheat. While finishing his senior year of college at Washington State University, VanPevenage started with Columbia Grain International (CGI), LLC. Shortly thereafter, he transferred to Great Falls, Montana, where he spent six years trading durum, oats, and barley. […]

AgWeek | June 01, 2020

Durum, pasta industry copes with volatile demand

Kurt Haarmann, senior vice president of Columbia Grain International, based in Portland, said the food industry — producers, to handlers, to processors — are on the job and ready for increasing demand. The company is important to Montana and North Dakota producers, and to food companies throughout the world. Food Manufacturing, food industry news source, […]

Montana Ag Network | May 14, 2020

Montana Ag Network: Columbia Grain meeting demand during pandemic

BILLINGS — As other sectors of American agriculture feel the pressure of the coronavirus, pulse crop supplier, processor, and distributor Columbia Grain International has seen bean demand soar for shelf-stable foods, especially beans and lentils grown by farmers in Montana. Jeff VanPevenage is the president and CEO of Columbia Grain International and expects this demand […]

The Columbian | April 26, 2020

Virus pandemic spurs demand for legumes

GRANGEVILLE, Idaho — Toilet paper isn’t the only thing being whisked off the grocery store shelves these days. Ever since the coronavirus pandemic settled in, agriculture producers have experienced a bean boom as consumers stock up on dry beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas. Jeff Van Pevenage, president and CEO of Columbia Grain International at Portland, […]

US News & World Report | April 25, 2020

A Boom for Bean Farmers: Pandemic Spurs Demand for Legumes

GRANGEVILLE, Idaho (AP) — Toilet paper isn’t the only thing being whisked off the grocery store shelves these days. Ever since the coronavirus pandemic settled in, agriculture producers have experienced a bean boom as consumers stock up on dry beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas. Jeff VanPevenage, president and CEO of Columbia Grain International at Portland, […]

Williston Herald | April 22, 2020

Beans are getting a boost from COVID-19

The grocery store’s dry beans and lentils section usually has a pretty small footprint, with not so many people hanging around. But then came coronavirus, and suddenly, there was renewed fervor for these shelf-stable commodities, which are affordable, versatile, and Mediterranean healthy in the kitchen. That’s sparking a nice rally in commodity prices for things […]

Pulse Pod | September 25, 2019

GPC Interview with Andrew Jacobs and Jeff Van Pevenage

Andrew has 48 years of experience in the European pulse trade and is one of the lead architects of the GPC Pulses Contact. Jeff Van Pevenage is the President and CEO of Columbia Grain Intl. LLC and an early adopter of the contract. In this interview, Andrew and Jeff highlight the benefits that come from using […]

Grand Forks Herald | September 24, 2018

Grain companies seek extra storage as trade war continues

ARVILLA, N.D. — Farmers stuck with low-priced soybeans and edible beans due to trade war tariff retaliation are looking for places to store a big crop until marketing returns to normal — perhaps six months away. One company, Columbia Grain International LLC at Arvilla and Larimore, N.D., has leased two large flat storage buildings 21 […]

The Billings Gazette | September 22, 2017

Columbia Grain Eyes Plentywood Pea and Lentil Market for Major Investment

Convinced that Montana peas and lentils are here to stay, Columbia Grain says it will build a large pulse crop processing plant near Plentywood. The Oregon-based company said last week it will be able to double the amount of peas and lentils it currently takes from 150 area farmers. Montana has become the nation’s largest […]

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