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Dean Dias.

New interim CEO for Cigi

Dean Dias has been named interim CEO of the Canadian International Grains Institute, by Cigi chair Kevin Bender. Dias, who will take over from JoAnne Buth, joined Cigi in 2009 and in his current position liaises with the Canadian value chain and international customers. “In his progressive roles at Cigi, Dias has gained the knowledge […] Read more

Cigi given $6.2 million in new funding

The Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) is receiving $6.2 million in federal funding to demonstrate Canadian wheat quality to international markets, improve customer knowledge of the performance and functionality of Canadian wheat, and gather and share information on customers’ end-use requirements with the Canadian value chain. “Cigi’s relationships with millers and end-users around the world […] Read more


Lagos, the Nigerian capital, is guesstimated to be home to anywhere from 14 million to 21 million people. Not surprisingly, it’s not a stable market but it’s an important one for Prairie farmers, says Sylvan Lake producer Kevin Bender, who travelled to the city last month to promote Canadian wheat.

In the end, the conversation always turns to quality

Whether they make pasta or couscous, blend it or mill it straight, buyers associated Canada with quality wheat

Quality counts, whether in developing markets or established ones. That was a key takeaway for two Prairie farmers who participated in New Crops Missions prior to Christmas. “I was surprised in Ghana that two of the millers were using 100 per cent Canadian wheat,” said Kevin Bender, outgoing Alberta Wheat chair and a Cereals Canada […] Read more

While there are a lot of PowerPoint presentations — like this one for Indonesian buyers, millers, and bakers — 
it’s the face-to-face meetings that are the key element of New Crop Missions.

Crop missions a whole new ball game under Trump

New opportunities in China and Japan a result of U.S. president’s actions

‘Thank you, Donald Trump.’ Members of the recent New Crop Mission to Asia didn’t say those exact words. But the fallout from the belligerent U.S. president’s trade war with China is definitely one of the pluses that members of the mission encountered. “The big difference this year is the trade environment,” Cereals Canada president Cam […] Read more


This photo is from a video from seed production and distributor FP Genetics, which lauds AC Muchmore for its yield and standability. It’s a hugely popular variety in Alberta, claiming nearly 400,000 acres last year.

Alberta Wheat decries pending loss of two popular wheat varieties

AC Muchmore and AAC Redwater will suffer from a price drop 
when they move to the northern red class

Five wheat varieties will be moving out of the Canadian Western Red Spring class, much to the disappointment of Alberta Wheat — and many farmers in the province. “We were surprised when it was announced that these varieties were coming out of the class. We were trying to look at all the farmers’ needs,” said […] Read more

Mundare-area producer Greg Porozni (l) talks wheat with Essa Al Ghurair, owner of the largest flour mill and canola crush plant in the United Arab Emirates, during a recent trade mission.

Being the best is no longer good enough

Global wheat buyers love our quality but cheaper alternatives have increased the need for building relationships

A recent trade mission to promote Canadian wheat went around the world in 14 days — or at least that’s how it felt to Greg Porozni. “We had a very successful mission,” the Mundare-area farmer said of his travels to Indonesia, Dubai, Nigeria, and Ghana last month. “These are growth markets, and that’s a really […] Read more


On board: Gary Stanford, Trent Rude, Jean-Marc Ruest, Harvey Brooks, Kevin Bender (back, l-r), Brent Watchorn, 
Cigi CEO JoAnne Buth, Drew Baker, Bill Gehl and Jim Smolik (front, l-r).

Prairie wheat commissions, grain firms to fund Cigi

New chair Kevin Bender says provincial wheat commissions were keen to ‘step up’ and grain companies are now on board too

Farmers and grain companies have come together to provide core funding for the Canadian International Grains Institute — and an Albertan will chair the new board of directors of Cigi. “The end of the western Canadian deduction is happening at the end of July — that was the checkoff money that was going to fund […] Read more

Prairie wheat commissions, grain firms to fund Cigi

The technical institute for Canadian field crops will get its core funding from now on through the Prairies’ major grain export firms and its three provincial wheat grower commissions. Cigi, the Canadian International Grains Institute, on Tuesday announced the new funding model, plus a new governance model setting up a new 10-member board of directors […] Read more


A new $400-million pea-processing plant in Manitoba, announced with fanfare at the Manitoba legislature in January, may just be the beginning of Western Canada’s bid to become the leading global supplier of plant-based proteins.

Prairies could be plant-based protein superpower

Protein Innovations Canada aiming to make Western Canada the world’s ‘leading source of high-quality proteins’

Allison Ammeter doesn’t understand why there isn’t more domestic pulse processing on the Canadian Prairies. “As a farmer, I’m really proud of the fact that I grow good, safe food that’s enjoyed around the world,” said the past chair of Alberta Pulse Growers, who farms near Sylvan Lake. “But it’s always really ticked me off […] Read more

Wheat checkoff to drop in August 2017

Alberta Wheat Commission is lowering the wheat levy by nine cents per tonne as part of a move to a single wheat checkoff. If approved by the province, the combined checkoff will drop to $1.09 in August. The single checkoff will combine the wheat commission’s current levy with the Western Canadian Deduction, which will end […] Read more