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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

(Photo courtesy Jason Gizen)

Fire guts Saskatchewan town’s last elevator

Residents of Prelate, Sask. had a rude awakening Tuesday as the village’s last grain elevator, owned by Paterson Grain, was engulfed in flames. Calls to 9-1-1 started coming in at 5:48 a.m. Tuesday, according to Jason Gizen, a local volunteer firefighter and pedigreed seed grower. Gizen lives in the house closest to the elevator and […] Read more

The site of the planned Paterson Grain terminal just outside of Bowden. The Winnipeg company now says construction will not start until spring in order to comply with all provincial wetlands regulations.

Construction of Bowden grain terminal delayed until spring

Paterson Grain says it is disappointed it couldn’t start building the $40-million terminal this fall

Reading Time: 2 minutes Paterson Grain is delaying construction of its Bowden grain terminal until spring. The family-owned Winnipeg-based grain-handling company had hoped to begin construction this fall but meeting Alberta Environment requirements in regards to wetlands is taking longer than expected, said the company’s corporate development officer. “It is unfortunate, but it does not change our view of […] Read more

Mike Ammeter pictured at the current Niobe elevator, which will soon have a new neighbour — a super-sized elevator with a cutting-edge loop track.

BOOM BOOM: A double dose of good news for Alberta’s farm scene

Two new mega elevators boost competition and their cutting-edge 
loop tracks mean super-fast turnaround times

Reading Time: 4 minutes Back-to-back announcements that Red Deer County will soon have its first-ever super-sized grain terminals are giving farmers multiple reasons to celebrate. “It’s more good news when it comes to choice for marketing — not that we ever want to see an overbuild situation — but I’m sure these folks have all done their homework,” said […] Read more

The future’s so bright, you gotta wear shades

Reading Time: < 1 minute Peer past the gloom in the oilpatch and Alberta agriculture has a pretty good story to tell. That’s why Paterson Grain is currently building an elevator at Daysland and poised to start construction on another near Innisfail. “Producers in Alberta are some of the best in the world, and the land in Alberta is very […] Read more

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Paterson taps brakes on China canola sales

Winnipeg | Reuters — Crop handler Paterson Grain will take a more cautious approach to selling canola to Chinese buyers for the near term, after China said it would toughen its standard on canola shipments from Canada, the CEO of parent Paterson GlobalFoods said. China’s quarantine authority, AQSIQ, told Ottawa last week it would allow […] Read more

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Paterson to build central Alta. grain terminal

Winnipeg’s Paterson Grain plans to make its move into the central Alberta grain handling market with a new inland terminal about an hour southeast of Edmonton. Paterson announced Thursday it plans to build a 55,000-tonne capacity handling site at Daysland, about 40 km southeast of Camrose, to start accepting grain sometime next year. The new […] Read more