A leader in Pacific Northwest grain markets, focused on customer satisfaction, Columbia Grain, Inc. was formed in 1978 to create a superior source of western grain for domestic and export markets. Our goal has been to develop an advanced grain trading organization, not only in terms of storage and shipping, but also in quality and reliability of our information and products. We are one of the leaders in marketing Pacific Northwest agriculture products.
Grain is our core business and we are known for our expertise in product knowledge, performance in contract execution, connection to the entire industry from the farm gate to the end destination, and experience with successfully navigating decades of changing market conditions throughout the world.
Investment in our Industry –
Columbia Grain is well known throughout the industry and our executive team holds memberships and currently holds, or has held, board positions within every significant industry organization including:
- U.S. Grains Council-International Grain Trade Coalition (IGTC)
- Global Pulse Confederation (CECILS)
- U.S. Dry Pea and Lentil Association (USDPLA)
- National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA)
- U.S. Wheat Associates (USWA)
- Merchants Exchange (MEX)
- North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA)
- Wheat Marketing Center (WMC)
- Pacific Northwest Grain Elevator Association (PNWGEA)
- Tri State Grain Growers
- Montana Grain Elevator Association
- Montana Grain Growers Association
- Washington State Crop Improvement Association (WSCIA)
Sustainability - CGI is the largest exporter of pulses in the United States. Pulses improve the sustainability of cropping systems because they use half the non-renewable energy inputs of other crops. CGI partners with certified sustainable producers to supply niche sustainable products worldwide. We are committed to doing our part to help slow the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance.
Columbia Grain – Quality Pulses and Grain for the World
Pulses and Canola – Beyond origination of traditional grains, we work with producers to rotate crops such as dry peas, lentils and canola, some of which we market under our own proprietary brands. Increasing domestic and international demand for pulses, canola and other oilseeds provide profitable alternative crops to growers.
Columbia Grain owns and operates nine processing plants in the United States for cleaning and bagging high quality pulses, dry edible beans, and grain for shipment via truck, rail, barge, container or bulk vessel.
Grain – Columbia Grain is a vertically integrated grain operation utilizing assets located across the western plains of North America to connect over 5,000 producer customers from within our footprint to consumers across the globe by way of a proven, controlled and reliable supply chain. Our company was built around wheat trading which remains a cornerstone of our foundation today, through its history as our producer customers have evolved, so has the company by adding pulse crops, oilseeds and feed grains. Our grain and pulse operations are the beginning of a supply chain that ends on a plate around the world.
Organics – Columbia Grain provides markets for organic grain, pulse and oilseed products through its facilities located at Ross, ND, Rudyard, MT, Gildford, MT and Cut Bank, MT. Our geographic diversity in the northern plains is a tool for CGI to service consumption across the US and globe.
Oilseeds – In addition to our long history of origination of soybeans and canola for both domestic and export markets, in 2016 we entered into a joint venture agreement for operations of Montana Specialty Mills, LLC (MSM) headquartered in Great Falls Montana. The new joint venture combines MSM's expertise in oilseed crushing and mustard processing with the origination and storage capabilities of CGI. The joint venture is currently constructing a new state-of-the-art oilseed crushing facility in Great Falls, Montana which is slated to be operational in the fall of 2018. MSM has been a leader in the organic food and feed movement and is well positioned in the specialty grain and oilseed market with established grower contacts and processing experience to meet expanding consumer demand for organic and non GMO ingredients.
Seed Sales – "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."
-Robert Louis Stevenson
Columbia Grain prides itself in providing the highest quality most up-to-date seed varieties for grain, pulse and oilseed crops. We research varieties via seed plots and trials to determine the best varieties based upon local growing conditions so as to provide relevant seeds for our customers.