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Pandemic Increased Pulse Popularity Across the Northwest, Country

When the coronavirus pandemic started, a variety of items flew off local grocery store shelves. Meat, milk, toilet paper, and….pulses According to Columbia Grain CEO, Jeff Van Pevenage lentils, chickpeas, dry peas and beans became incredibly popular at the onset of the pandemic, mainly due to their long shelf life and ease of use. He noted while many consumers may have only recently fallen in love with in pulses, for many dryland growers across the Northwest, they’ve been a staple for years. “The nitrogen fixation that you get out of peas was the initial start to it, and it helps farmers clean up their weed problems, and it helps them clean up and creates better soil for them, so they went to it for a more of a sustainable Ag program on their farms.”

CGI Celebrates Veterans Day With Donation to Sanborn Veterans Park

Valley City, ND – Columbia Grain International (CGI), a global leader in the origination, processing, logistics, and distribution of high-quality bulk grains, pulses, edible beans, oilseeds, and organics for the northern tier of the United States, has donated to the Sanborn Veterans Park in Sanborn, North Dakota, just in time for Veterans Day on November 11, 2020. Darren Bjornson, Manager of the Columbia Grain International Elevator in Valley City, North Dakota, was instrumental in working with Committee Chairman of the Sanborn Veterans Park, Joe Pesek to secure the donation.

Pulses are the Ideal Regenerative Ag Crop

COVID-19 has fueled an unprecedented demand for pulse crops like lentils, chickpeas, dry peas and beans. It’s also coincided with a renaissance in regenerative agriculture and a strong interest in healthy, immune-boosting plant-based diets. Pulse crops are helping to overhaul American diets and play a large role in organic and regenerative agriculture. And agribusiness companies like Columbia Grain-one of the largest processors and exporters of high-quality pulses in the United States- is excited to help cultivate the industry’s growth.

Elevated safety plan gets buy-in from ground up; requires reinforcement to be effective

GRANGEVILLE — In bringing food to American tables, the nation’s agricultural industry contends with the high level of risk of injury for its workers in all stages of the process: from farm and corral, to transportation and processing. And if that wasn’t enough, this year brought the added risk of COVID-19. To that last part, the Centers for Disease Control states there is no evidence that livestock, crops or products that may be handled by workers involved in production agriculture are sources of COVID-19 infection. However, close contact with coworkers may contribute to spreading the virus among workers…

Columbia Grain International Enhances Safety Plan for 2020

Columbia Grain International (CGI), one of the largest processors of grains and pulses in the U.S., is approaching harvest of 2020 with an enhanced safety plan. This year, harvest will present growers with not only its usual array of safety hazards, but with a looming pandemic on the back of everyone’s mind, and CGI acknowledges extra precautions must be taken to ensure the health of grain handlers and grain producers alike.

Did the pandemic play a role in Idaho bean acres being up 38% this year?

TWIN FALLS — The past five months have been historically turbulent for Magic Valley agriculture. Prices plummeted in April for several of south-central Idaho’s most important ag products. A lot of demand for products such as cheese and french fries disappeared overnight when restaurants closed. Some dairy farmers had to dump milk. Spud farmers donated thousands of pounds of potatoes because they couldn’t find buyers.

Giant Ground Pile Meets Idaho Facility Demand

Million-bushel pile at Columbia Grain International facility in Fenn is approximately 50 feet high. With bigger harvests, and more coming to the elevators on each grain truck, a million-bushel ground pile at the Columbia Grain International facility at Fenn, ID, was what was needed to keep up with supply, as well as demands, reports the Idaho County Free Press. The project was started a year ago, and the asphalt put down the first of August -– a week before the region’s harvest began, said Brandon Rehder, manager for CGI’s South Camas Prairie area (Grangeville, Cottonwood, Big Butte and Fenn). The 57,300-square-foot pile is approximately 50 feet tall, and is served by a 20,000-bushel-an-hour rated conveyor belt that can unload a 1,000-bushel grain truck in four minutes.

CGI Names Director of Human Resources

In her new role, Groman is expected to lead the human resources department as a strategic contributor, to streamline and build efficiency through talent development and engagement, and act as a business partner to the executive team across the CGI footprint. Groman most recently was the vice president of human resources at Opus Agency. Additional experience includes her roles as human resource manager for Audigy Group and human resource business partner at Xenium HR. Groman began her career 18 years ago following her graduation from Portland State University with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, management and human resources.

CGI Selects New Director of Human Resources

Columbia Grain International (CGI) has named Patty Groman as director of human resources. In her new role, Groman is expected to lead the human resources department as a strategic contributor, to streamline and build efficiency through talent development and engagement, and act as a business partner to the executive team across the CGI footprint. “Patty is very well known in the industry and brings an impressive set of credentials to her new role as director of human resources,” said Jeff Van Pevenage, chief executive officer of CGI. “Her strong background in human resources and significant experience in helping companies and employees attain strategic objectives, for both performance and growth, makes her a great fit for our corporation.”

Million-bushel ground pile meets current harvest demand, need for storage

What’s up with that pile of grain outside of Grangeville? With bigger harvests, and more coming to the elevators on each grain truck, that million-bushel ground pile at the Columbia Grain International facility at Fenn was what was needed to keep up with supply, as well as demands. The project was started a year ago, and the asphalt put down the first of August – a week before the region’s harvest began, said Brandon Rehder, manager for CGI’s South Camas Prairie area (Grangeville, Cottonwood, Big Butte and Fenn). “We had a cool, wet spring, and so we had to wait for it to dry out to put the asphalt down,” he said. “It was nip and tuck to get that ready to go.”

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