Columbia Grain CEO: Keep Snake River dams


Columbia Grain International (CGI) has joined Columbia Snake River System supporters in the agriculture industry who are warning of dire consequences if four dams are breached as part of a joint federal-state project to restore the local salmon population.

“We need to keep the lower Snake River dams,” said Jeff Van Pevenage, president and chief executive officer of CGI, a vertically integrated company that purchases grain, oilseeds, pulses and organics from more than 8,000 farmers in the northern tier of the United States. “It’s the top wheat export gateway in the nation and the third largest grain export corridor in the world. If farmers and the export industry in the Pacific Northwest lose this critical barge shipping route, there will further strain on an already broken supply chain.” Read the rest of the article here.