Blog: The Wheat Sheaf

My Take on Combine to Customer

Jennifer Johnson recently attended Cigi's Combine to Customer program

If you’re a farmer and looking to learn more about the wheat industry and how Canadian wheat is used domestically and around the world, I would highly recommend the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) Combine to Customer program.

Cigi is an independent not-for-profit organization working with the grain and field crop value chain in Canada and internationally to drive the development and utilization of Canadian agricultural products. Cigi receives funding from grain handlers and exporters, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and by Western Canadian Farmers through the service charge on wheat.

Over the two-and-a-half day program, the speakers were informative, experienced and engaging. There are several speakers each day, and each one is highly educated, most with 10+ years experience in their industry, and some who have traveled extensively to meet with Canada’s global customers and have a wealth of first-hand experience to share.The facilities are well-equipped, and set up for a rich learning environment. The main classroom is set up with personal mics for each attendee, so the entire classroom can hear comments and questions. Most of us were surprised when we discovered the extent of the research and lab equipment the building contained, right down to a flour mill and a brewery!

The program is well rounded, informative and enlightening, equipping attendees to be strong, reliable agvocates. It would be difficult to pinpoint just one highlight, but as a foodie, I thoroughly enjoyed the bakery, and learning about how the quality of wheat we grow on the farm translates directly into baking performance and flour. I’m passionate about agriculture, and the grains we grow, but to learn that Canada’s wheat is the highest quality in the world, and we continue to be world leaders in grain production made me proud to be a Canadian farmer. I highly recommend this program for all wheat growers in Alberta.

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