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Western Ag Network | October 27, 2023

Marketing Grain During Volatile Market Swings

This year the wheat market continues to be a lot more volatile than it was a year ago. In fact, Columbia Grain’s Director of Customer Risk Management Phil Symons says it’s almost polar opposite. He explains a few things that farmers can do to manage their risk and profitability during these volatile marketing times. “Last […]

Feed & Grain | October 19, 2023

Climate-friendly crops and the vital role of lentils in sustainable agriculture

Columbia Grain International’s CEO Jeff Van Pevenage says lentils and other pulses can improve soil health, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and store more carbon in the soil than most other plants. Lentils and pulses may be one of the keys to saving the planet. At least that’s what one grain handler and processor believes. Since […]

AG Proud | October 18, 2023

FFA students learn and earn through wheat marketing

“Farmers around here realize they need to support FFA,” says Aaron Forsmann, a senior at Grangeville High School and president of the Grangeville FFA Chapter. “There are not a lot of young people who want to farm.” Aaron is involved in the Columbia Grain Legacy Program, new to Grangeville this year after a successful debut […]

Idaho County Free Press | October 14, 2023

CGI Legacy Program: hands-on education; in selling wheat, students learn about ag industry opportunities

The next generation of agriculture commodity traders is now, and it’s on the Camas Prairie. Building off the successful start of the program last year, students at Nezperce and Grangeville high schools this year are currently developing marketing strategies to turn wheat bushel donations into profits next spring. At its surface, the outcome is — […]

Western Ag Network | October 03, 2023

Canola Acres On The Rise In America

More farmers across America are adopting new cropping rotations to help take advantage of the agronomic benefits. And one of these crops is canola. U.S. Canola Association President Andrew Moore discusses why. “Farmers are interested in moving in a direction that changes the scope of what they’re doing in agronomy and production practices,” said Moore. […]

Feed & Grain | August 21, 2023

Safety tips for employees during a hot harvest season

Columbia Grain International’s director of safety gives valuable insights for grain handlers working in high temperatures. This year is likely to become the hottest year on record. Due to a El Niño weather pattern, some states reached their hottest days on record this summer. With fall harvest around the corner, temperatures are predicted to continue […]

Agriculture of America | August 18, 2023

Agriculture of America

In Segment Three, Columbia Grain President and CEO Jeff VanPevenage joins us to talk volatility in the wheat markets, pulse crop harvest and much more. Then in Segment Four, we talk with Minnesota Farmers Union Vice President Anne Schwagerl about their call for stricter antitrust enforcement.

Western Ag Network | August 17, 2023

Columbia Grain Stresses Harvest Safety

Columbia Grain International (CGI) is reminding farmers across our region to make safety a top priority during this year’s harvest season. Every year when harvest begins, one of the things that we strongly encourage all of our patrons as well as our employees to do is pull out that equipment that’s been sitting since last […]

Western Ag Network | June 29, 2023

Snake River Dams Pits Farmers vs. Fish

The political battle in the Pacific Northwest over breaching the Snake River Dams in Washington State has, at least temporarily, swung back in the favor of farmers, grain shippers, irrigators, and power producers who rely on the river system and oppose their removal. For decades environmentalists have argued that breaching the four dams in southeast […]

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