Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

October 27, 2014 12:54 ET

Harper Government Invests to Grow New Markets for Canada's Field Crops

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - Oct. 27, 2014) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced an investment of $15 million to the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) to support market development efforts and sales of Canadian field crops in global markets through customer education and training.

This investment will support Cigi's ongoing efforts to share technical and market knowledge with customers around the globe, further strengthening the competitive advantage for Canadian field crops. This will be achieved through technical exchanges, new crop missions, educational programs for global clients, and domestic training.

Quick facts

  • The Canadian International Grains Institute is an internationally recognized non-profit market development and technical analysis organization that delivers customized training programs and technical expertise to customers around the world.
  • In 2013, Canadian grain exports were approximately $23 billion.
  • On May 29, 2014, Bill C-30, the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act, received Royal Assent. The legislation identifies clear and achievable measures to get Canada's agricultural products, and other commodities, to market in a predictable and timely way.
  • This investment is being made through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's AgriMarketing Program, a five-year, up to $341-million program under Growing Forward 2.


"Our Government continues working to enable Canada's field-crop sector to keep pace with growing world demand. By promoting the quality and safety of Canada's field crops, producers are able to differentiate their product from key competitors and remain dominant players in the global marketplace."

- Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

"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 we do on behalf of farmers and industry. It will enable us to promote Canadian field crops and the Canada brand for quality and consistency worldwide through our educational programs and technical training."

- JoAnne Buth, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian International Grains Institute

Additional links

Growing Forward 2 (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

AgriMarketing Program (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

Canadian International Grains Institute

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Contact Information

  • Jeff English
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz

    Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada