The Canadian International Grains Institute is welcoming a farmer from Bentley, Alberta to its board of directors. Kevin Bender was elected at Cigi’s annual general meeting last week, replacing the retiring Ron Nerland, a farmer from Morrin, Alberta. Jim Wilson, a farmer from Darlingford, Manitoba and Brent Watchorn, executive vice president of marketing with Richardson… Read More

Food and ingredient companies like Nestle, General Mills and Cargill are looking to pulses to make their products more nutritious. “There’s a lot of pressure from the food industry, from consumers right now to make more healthfulness and nutrition in food products,” explains Heather Hill, project manager for pulse flour milling and food applications at… Read More

A wheat variety might produce huge yields or have stellar disease resistance, but if there’s no market for it, there’s probably no point in registering the variety for production in Canada. Instead, it might even have a negative impact, damaging Canada’s reputation for consistency and quality. As Lisa Nemeth of the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi)… Read More

The Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) is receiving $2 million from the governments of Canada and Manitoba to purchase new equipment for applied grain research. Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ron Kostyshyn announced the funding on Friday. It’s part of both governments’ larger commitment of $20 million over five years to a “Grain Innovation Hub” in the province. “We… Read More

Cigi’s (Canadian International Grains Institute) applied research work into optimizing the nutritional quality of pulse flours got a significant funding boost today with the Government of Canada committing nearly $1 million for a four-year project. Cigi’s Advancing Pulse Flour Processing and Applications project will receive $959,918 from the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP). The project… Read More

Following the end of the Canadian Wheat Board’s single desk, there was strong interest in growing wheat varieties from classes other than the traditional Canada Western Red Spring wheat that Canada is known for. There was plenty of talk about producing more high-yielding CPS (Canada Prairie Spring) wheat, but two years later, that buzz seems… Read More

Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz was in Winnipeg this morning to announce $15 million in funding for the Canadian International Grains Institute (or Cigi.) “The Government of Canada has been a long time funding partner of the Canadian International Grains Institute. We welcome today’s significant investment which demonstrates a continuing commitment to the work that… Read More

Is all protein in wheat the same? Are there several kinds of protein? What happens to protein when wheat is in storage? Is gluten strength the same as protein quality? What is gluten, anyway? If you’ve asked yourself these questions (and more!) you’re most certainly not alone. Understanding the role protein plays in crop quality… Read More

Winter Cereals Manitoba, the Saskatchewan Winter Cereals Development Commission and the Alberta Wheat Commission have announced shared-funding for a technical specialist position at CIGI. The three-year funding agreement will be targeted at a fund a position aimed at improving the marketability of winter wheat. The position is co-funded by Winter Cereals Manitoba and the Saskatchewan… Read More

JoAnne Buth has been named as the new CEO of Cigi (the Canadian International Grains Institute). She takes over from Earl Geddes who is retiring on September 8, 2014. Buth is well known in the domestic and international grain industry, having spent most of her professional life in agriculture. She was with the Canola Council… Read More