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Columbia Grain International now on Bushel platform with mobile app and web portal designed for farmers

Growers can access app through a one-step login process to get to critical information faster and easier

FARGO, N.D. (February 15, 2023) – Producers selling grains, pulses, oilseeds, and organics to Columbia Grain International™ now can take advantage of an improved digital experience with a new mobile app and web portal on the Bushel® platform. Bushel helps agribusinesses quickly share accurate information to producers through a custom-branded application on their smartphone and desktop. The app and web portal are available to over 8,000 farmers selling grain at more than 60 grain storage and processing centers, spanning the northern tier of the United States. 

The new mobile app, named Columbia Grain International, is available in both Android and iPhone® devices to allow producers easy access to real-time information, including electronic scale tickets, contracts and on holds. To log in to the app, the producer only needs to enter their cell phone number to receive a text with a -digit code to enter on the next screen. 

“We are committed to streamlining the work and efficiencies of our producers to ensure they get the information they need to increase their success. Our new Columbia Grain International mobile app allows them to have intentional conversations about market trends rather than having to look up the information,” Jeff Van Pevenage, CEO and President of Columbia Grain International, said. “We’re excited to share this technology with our growers to cultivate the further growth of our digital offerings.” 

With the Columbia Grain International mobile app and web portal, producers will be able to:

  • View scale tickets
  • Check futures
  • Track grain contracts 
  • View commodity balances
  • Receive important notifications
  • See key location information 
  • Read the latest market news

“The Bushel app enables me to view delivery tickets almost instantaneously once the load hits the pit at the elevator. It gives me the ability to quickly view open contracts and purchase settlements. It also provides up-to-date cash bids and futures pricing. It’s a true one-stop-shop,” Martin Poxleitner, a farmer near Grangeville, Idaho, said. ”I utilize the cash bid feature daily and view delivery tickets every day I haul wheat into the elevator.”

The Columbia Grain International app is powered by Bushel, a software company focused on the grain industry and based in Fargo, N.D. Bushel provides integrations and digital solutions that solve real pain points for farmers and grain companies to create significant value for all stakeholders in the ag and food value chain.

“CGI continues to be committed to its farmers and providing a superior experience moving its producers’ crops from the northern United States to the globe,” Bushel CEO Jake Joraanstad said. “We know that adoption of digital tools is directly correlated with how easy they access it. That’s why it’s critical to get farmers up and on the app with as few steps as possible.” 

 

About Bushel

Bushel is an independently owned software company and leading provider of software technology solutions for growers, grain buyers, ag retailers, protein producers, and food companies, headquartered in Fargo, N.D. Since launching in 2017, Bushel’s platform has grown rapidly, now powering nearly 2,200 grain facilities across the U.S. and Canada with real-time business information for their producers. Bushel’s platform now reaches more than 40% of grain origination in the United States & Canada, resulting in the largest technology network effect among growers and grain buyers. Bushel’s product suite includes its flagship mobile app, websites, trading tools, digital payments and money facilitation, market feeds, API services, FarmLogs (acquired by Bushel in 2021), and a custom software division focused on agriculture. Bushel has been focused on building software since the company was founded in 2011. Data privacy is a cornerstone of Bushel’s philosophy. Read here for Bushel’s Data Ethos.

 

About Columbia Grain International 

Since 1978, Columbia Grain International™ (CGI) has been Cultivating Growth™ as a global leader in the origination, processing, logistics, and distribution of high-quality bulk grains, pulses, edible beans, oilseeds and organics for U.S. domestic and worldwide export markets. Headquartered in Portland, OR, CGI’s reliable supply chain spans the western region of the US, ensuring abundant ingredients for all of its partners, thanks to their trusted relationships with their farmers throughout the fertile croplands of Washington, Idaho, Montana and North Dakota, well known for its high-quality wheat, feed grains, canola and pulses. CGI is an owner of Montana Specialty Mills, who operates an organic and non-GMO oilseed crushing facility in Great Falls, Montana, a mustard seed facility in Conrad, Montana, and most recently Montana Craft Malt —providing specialty malt barley from Montana farmers to the craft brewing world. Today, they are vertically integrated, operating assets including grain elevators, processing plants and agronomy centers to support their farmers, which stretch the northern tier of the United States. With multiple touchpoints across the food supply chain, CGI provides trusted solutions and cultivates high-quality ingredients from their local farmers for a farm to table philosophy that nourishes the world, safely. 

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