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Wester Farmer-Stockman | June 17, 2022

Columbia Grain to go retail with beans, pulses

World’s leading supplier of bulk grain and pulses introduces product line called Balanced Bushel. A Pacific Northwest company that has provided grains and dry beans to processors for some 50 years is jumping into the retail market this summer with a packaged bean and pulse line called Balanced Bushel. The Portland, Ore.-based Columbia Grain International […]

Western Ag Network | June 15, 2022

Volatility in Grain Markets Continue as Russia’s War in Ukraine Wages On

The U.S. grain industry continues to monitor the disruption of grain movement out of the Black Sea region because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and what it means for commodity markets moving forward. Kurt Haarmann is Grain Division Senior Vice President for Columbia Grain International (CGI) and says it’s a very volatile time for everyone involved. […]

American Ag Network | June 09, 2022

Columbia Grain International Ensures Americans in Need Are Supported by the Efforts of U.S. Farmers Through its New Balanced Bushel Line of Beans and Pulses

Food shortages, impacted by soaring gas prices and inflation, are affecting Americans in need and their ability to access staple foods. Food banks are busier than ever before. Detroit’s Forgotten Harvest says demand for free meals has increased 25-45% since December. Many food banks rely on retailers to fill their pantries, but with less spare […] | May 30, 2022

Veteran grain industry exec: ‘I’ve never seen this before’

In his 29 years in the grain industry, Kurt Haarmann, senior vice president of grain, for Portland, Oregon, US-based Columbia Grain, said he’d never used the phrase, “I’ve never seen this before,” until this spring, when war broke out between Russia and Ukraine, severely limiting grain shipments from the Black Sea region. Besides the war […]

Capital Press | April 27, 2022

Columbia Grain CEO: Market volatility to continue

Grain market volatility will continue, but not quite as much as during the early days of the war between Russia and Ukraine, the head of the top U.S. supplier of bulk grain and pulses predicts. Global grain stocks are tightening in general, with a few crop problems affecting supply and demand, Jeff Van Pevenage, president […]

Wester Ag Network | April 06, 2022

Columbia Grain Shares Commitment to Safety during Stand Up for Grain Safety Week

It’s Stand Up for Grain Safety Week which raises awareness of the many hazards that come with working in the grain handling industry by offering resources and activities each day on the best practices for mitigating these hazards. Stand Up for Grain Safety Week is sponsored by the Alliance, a collaboration of agricultural industry groups, […]

Pulse Pod | March 14, 2022

Jeff Van Pevenage thinks the pulse business is cool. And he’s not the only one

The CEO of Columbia Grain on why more and more young people are getting into the industry and what advice he’s passing on to his son. Columbia Grain International (CGI) is a global distributor of grains, pulses, beans, and oilseeds, which has been operating for almost 44 years. Starting out primarily as a wheat, corn […]

Western Ag Network | March 10, 2022

Columbia Grain Celebrates International Women’s Day

his week as we celebrate International Women’s Day, Columbia Grain International (CGI) is recognizing women in agriculture within it’s company who play a very important role in the company’s success. Abbey Quandt manages CGI’s elevator in Oaks, N.D. and says CGI has empowered her to become the leader she is today. “CGI has empowered me […]

Forbes | March 09, 2022

Leading In The Digital 2020s: One Part Technology, Two Parts People Skills

Leading a distributed workforce that you only see in little Zoom boxes on a regular basis requires a special set of skills that often gets muddled in the rush to digitize and become more technology savvy as one’s competitors. Rather, succeeding in a leadership role in digital enterprises in the months and years ahead requires […]

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