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Safety protocols in place for farmers’ grain deliveries

Grain moving as normal, but farmers need to practice social distancing when delivering to elevators

Grain deliveries to country elevators should continue without any disruptions, the executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association says. “All of the members of the Western Grain Elevator Association are doing everything in their power to keep the grain supply chain functioning” during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Wade Sobkowich said Tuesday. “That means we’ll […] Read more


Handlers focus on keeping grain moving despite COVID-19

Grain companies, Canadian Grain Commission working but unsure of future

Canada’s grain companies are committed to keeping grain moving to domestic and export customers, but how the spread of COVID-19 might affect business is still an unknown, says Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association. “We are are going to do everything in our power to keep grain moving at this time,” […] Read more

P+H to challenge regulators’ request for elevator sale

Case to be heard sometime at later end of fall

Grain firm Parrish and Heimbecker aims to keep its now-expanded Prairie elevator network intact against a proposed order from federal antitrust regulators. Winnipeg-based, privately-held P+H in September announced a deal to buy all 10 of the primary Prairie grain elevators built by agrifood giant Louis Dreyfus Co. between 1998 and 2003. The two companies have […] Read more


Elevator operators seek quick end to CN strike

The Western Grain Elevator Association (WGEA) wants grain shipments on Canadian National Railway (CN) to resume as soon as possible. “It has a major impact for every day that we’re not moving grain on CN,” WGEA executive director Wade Sobkowich said in an interview Tuesday. “A federal mediator has been appointed and that’s a step […] Read more

The old High Level elevator is a far cry from the high-efficiency terminal that will replace it.

New elevator ‘a dream come true’ for Peace Country community

New Richardson Pioneer facility the latest in a string of super-fast loading facilities on the Prairies

It’s been a hard growing season but producers in the High Level area have reason to celebrate — they will soon be enjoying the benefits of the movement that’s seeing new super-fast grain elevators pop up across the Prairies. Richardson Pioneer has started construction on the new elevator, which will be connected to CN Rail […] Read more





Mortise and tenon carpentry is a specialized form of building construction where large timbers are fit together. Recycled, large timbers from demolished grain elevators are a perfect resource for this building style.

Gone from the skyline, parts of Prairie sentinels live on

More than 5,000 wooden elevators are gone but some of their beautiful old-growth timbers survive

They’re mostly gone now, but parts of some of them will live on. Alberta’s first wooden grain elevator was constructed in 1895 and at the peak in the 1930s, there were nearly 1,800 of them. Today, there are only 88 left, more falling victim to demolition every year. More than 5,000 wooden grain elevators across […] Read more

Larger elevators, smaller rail cars seen in grain’s future

Winnipeg | CNS Canada –– Heading into the future, elevators will be more efficient and trains will carry more grain, according to industry professionals at the Grain World conference in Winnipeg. “I think there’s a real shift happening from low efficiency to the higher-efficiency facilities,” Karl Gerrand, CEO of G3, said Wednesday during the What […] Read more