CIGI Making Do With Reduced Funding


The Canadian International Grains Institute continues to offer programs promoting the use of canadian crops internationally, despite losing its main funder.

The Canadian Wheat Board, which funded approximately 70% of CIGI's programming, cut its support in April.

"We have a producer advisory board that helps us determine which programs we should be running and what kind of activities we should be doing," said CIGI Executive Director Earl Geddes. "As well, our board of directors is looking at opportunities for how we might include farmers in that function to provide strategic advice."

Geddes they're operating on the limited funds that have accumulated over the last 40 years from other industry groups until the new check-off on wheat and barley is implemented in April, and are approaching their programs cautiously until they know what the level of the check-off funding will be.