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Data source: Canadian Grain Commission (data assembled by Glenn Cheater)

The Big Surge: Elevator capacity soaring across the Prairies

The growth in the last four years has been phenomenal

Reading Time: 5 minutes The business of building grain elevators is — pardon the pun — on a runaway train. The growth has been, by any measure, phenomenal. In just the last four years, elevator companies have added 1.2 million tonnes of storage — a 16 per cent jump. And that expansion train isn’t slowing down. Late last month, […] Read more

New edition of STARS calendar takes flight

New edition of STARS calendar takes flight

Reading Time: < 1 minute The 2022 calendar from STARS is now on sale. The calendar campaign, now in its 29th year, is the second-largest fundraiser for the air ambulance service, which operates 24-7 from bases in Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg. Viterra is a major sponsor of the fund­raiser, which sees tens of thousands of calendars […] Read more


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Foodgrains growing projects get land

Reading Time: < 1 minute For the sixth year in a row, Viterra is making land around five of its terminals available for Canadian Foodgrains Bank supporters.  In all, the five locations — Lethbridge, Trochu, and three in Saskatchewan — have just over 300 acres that will be farmed this year.  Some are traditional growing projects, while others are farmed […] Read more

Will there be any canola left in bins come fall?

Will there be any canola left in bins come fall?

'Stocks are setting up to be the smallest in years'

Reading Time: 2 minutes It’s been a time that canola growers won’t soon forget, says a provincial crop analyst. “Producers with unpriced canola remaining after the 2020 harvest have been delighted and amazed by the price increase since harvest,” Neil Blue said in a recent Agri-News article. “New record canola prices have been set for both futures and cash.” […] Read more


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Viterra brand goes worldwide

Glencore Agriculture begins rebranding in most countries

Glencore Agriculture has officially taken the name of its Canadian subsidiary as its own worldwide. Glencore Agriculture, co-owned by commodity firm Glencore and two Canadian public-sector pension fund investment firms, announced Monday it has started to use the name Viterra — and a new brand, “Viterra: The Agriculture Network” — in most of the 37 […] Read more

File photo outside Viterra’s downtown Regina office building. (Glacier FarmMedia photo by Dave Bedard)

Viterra to replace western Saskatchewan elevator

Grain firm going bigger at Biggar

Grain firm Viterra’s asset investment plan has moved onto Biggar things. Regina-based Viterra announced Monday it’s starting construction “immediately” on a new “state of the art” elevator about two km northeast of its current elevator at Biggar, Sask., about 90 km west of Saskatoon. The new concrete facility will have storage capacity of 34,000 tonnes […] Read more


STARS fundraising calendars available soon

STARS fundraising calendars available soon

Reading Time: < 1 minute The STARS air ambulance service is hoping the public will continue to support its calendar fundraising campaign. The initiative is STARS’ second-largest fundraiser, with more than 60,000 calendars sold annually, and has raised millions over the past 28 years, the organization said. The calendars can be ordered online at starscalendar.ca or purchased at Viterra locations […] Read more

File photo outside Viterra’s downtown Regina office building. (Dave Bedard photo)

‘Glencore Agriculture’ to adopt Viterra brand

Worldwide ag business to rebrand later this year

A trademark that Swiss commodity firm Glencore picked up when it bought its way into Prairie agriculture is about to become the global brand for its agribusiness offspring. David Mattiske, CEO of Glencore Agriculture, announced in a statement Wednesday the company will rebrand the business to Viterra in “late 2020.” The Viterra brand dates back […] Read more


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Containerized crops may get stuck in Montreal port’s strike

Longshoremen on 'indefinite' strike as of Monday morning

Bulk grain traffic through the Port of Montreal isn’t expected to be affected by a longshoremen’s strike that began Monday morning, but eastbound containerized crops may be among the traffic put on hold. CUPE’s Syndicat des debardeurs Local 375, which represents about 1,150 longshoremen and longshorewomen at the port, served notice Friday that it would […] Read more

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Viterra to build new elevator near Winnipeg

New Rosser terminal to have five times the capacity

Grain handler Viterra is set to replace a relatively small concrete elevator just northwest of Winnipeg with a new higher-throughput terminal. Glencore Agriculture’s Prairie grain arm said Thursday it will build a new high-throughput in the municipality of Rosser, Man., near the northwest corner of Winnipeg’s Perimeter Highway. The new site, connecting to Canadian Pacific […] Read more