Blog: The Wheat Sheaf

CIGI Combine to Customer 2016 Tour

I recently participated in Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) annual Combine to Customer program held in Winnipeg. This program, held at their office, is a three day event run annually during January, February and March and includes producers from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The program allows producers to see what happens to their grain after they harvest and haul it to the elevator.

Course participants get to hear from people in the industry, not only about the previous harvest year, but also about the upcoming harvest year. Participants are able to see what goes on in the Cigi building from the tours provided in this program.

These tours include:

Noodle Making
Canadian Grain Commission
Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre
Pasta Extrusion
Malting Room
Micro Brewery
Analytical Services

The staff members at Cigi are friendly and answered any questions we had on what they do or what they are looking for in their products. The equipment that the staff is using at Cigi is what you would typically see in the industry, just on a smaller scale for testing purposes.

Some topics covered by the speakers were:

Future Market Outlooks
Grain Grading
Future Seed Varieties
Grain Transportation

I was personally unaware that Cigi did so much testing with their products in order to meet industry specifications. Cigi tests its products in a lab on a small scale and then sends the information on to the industries and companies that use this knowledge in what they do on a larger scale.

People in the agriculture industry should take this Cigi tour because not only do you learn new things from the speakers that are present at the program, but also from other producers in the western Canadian region.

Farmer discussion at this event often included what they have tried on their farm. Participants could implement some of the knowledge gained through this program to maintain the quality of grain and efficiencies on the farm.

I enjoyed this program because it allows you to see what happens after you haul your grain to the elevator and it helps you gain a different perspective of what you can try to do better on your farm to meet market needs.

I would like to thank the Alberta Wheat Commission and Cigi for the opportunity to see what their organization does for western Canadian farmers.


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