Farmers to discuss issues facing the future of agriculture at Cigi’s first Combine to Customer Course


WINNIPEG – Twenty farmers from Western Canada are attending the Canadian International Grains Institute’s first Combine to Customer Course February 4-6, where they will meet with senior industry representatives presenting on a range of topics for discussion.

“The program will give farmers an opportunity to look at the various issues that affect them like variety registration and transportation, to hear from senior industry representatives, and to engage in discussion and debate,” says Dave Burrows, Cigi Vice-president of Client Relations and Communications. “Farmers will have key decision makers here to talk to, offering them information they want to know first-hand.”

 Dave explains that the course is a re-launch of the former Canadian Wheat Board course Cigi offered on their behalf for more than a decade, but with only the name remaining the same.

 “We’re retaining a particular type of program that farmers found beneficial in the past but have tweaked it,” he says. “So it has the continuity of the former course but is different in its scope. The range of topics being covered has been broadened extensively. We are reaching out to offer farmers our support with this opportunity and have them look at the various issues facing farming today and in the future.”

The participants will attend classroom sessions that include presentations from AAFC, Canola Council of Canada, Pulse Canada, CN Railway, plant breeders, exporters, grain companies, and the soybean, seed, and malting barley industries. The Canadian Grain Commission will offer a hands-on demonstration on grain inspection and grading and the farmers will visit Cigi’s technical areas for sessions covering milling, baking, noodles, extruded products, and pasta to gain a better understanding of customer requirements.

The participants were selected and invited by the industry and producer organizations, Dave says, adding that he expects that their feedback will likely shape the course content in the future. 

Cigi is an independent market development institute created in 1972. Its mission is to create profitable opportunities for Canadian field crops through the delivery of technical expertise, support and customized training to the domestic industry and customers around the world. Cigi is funded by farmers, the Government of Canada (AAFC) and industry partners.



For more information contact:
Ellen Goodman
Communications Specialist, Cigi
(204) 983-1145