39th Grain Industry Overview Course


Developed for anyone involved in Canada’s grain industry, Cigi’s five day Grain Industry Overview course provides information about the major industry segments with a focus on both today and the future — including the challenges faced by the industry and how they are being met. Whether you work in a grain elevator, operate a farm, work in an agriculture-related job in government, or give loans or financial or agronomic advice to the grain sector this course will be of interest to you because of the sector-wide knowledge you will gain. Plan to attend!

The course features lectures and demonstrations by industry specialists from the private sector, government, universities and from Cigi; people working in the industry on a day-to-day basis who bring a currency of knowledge that is unique to Cigi’s programs.

Course highlights include:

  • A farmer’s overview on grain farming in Canada today
  • Primary and terminal grain elevator operations
  • Grain transportation: rail, truck, and ship
  • Roles of various commodity organizations: Pulse Canada, Canadian Soybean Exporters Association, Flax Canada, Canola Council of Canada
  • Roles of the Canadian Wheat Board, Grain Farmers of Ontario, Canadian Grain Commission, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • The growing concern for food safety around the world
  • Non-tariff trade barriers and trade agreements
  • Animal feed and the biodiesel industry
  • Field trip to a grain elevator or flour mill

By the end of the course participants will have had the opportunity to network with each other and to better understand the interrelationships between industry, government, various international players and the influence they have on each other.

Upcoming Dates and Online Registration

March 19–23, 2012
Registration Full

Course Fee:

$1260 (includes $60 GST). The fee includes lunch on Monday and Wednesday, and the closing luncheon on Friday.