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Viterra and Cigi Announce $1M Funding Partnership

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/04/14 -- Viterra Inc. ("Viterra") and Cigi (Canadian International Grains Institute) are pleased to announce that Viterra is investing $1 million to support Cigi in its ongoing efforts to promote Canadian field crops to customers in domestic and international markets. As a result of this partnership, Cigi's main classroom with be renamed the "Viterra Knowledge Centre".

"Cigi has an excellent international reputation for delivering customized training programs and technical expertise to farmers and end users. Their work has helped to enhance Canada's position as a reliable supplier of safe and high quality grains, oilseeds and pulses," said Kyle Jeworski, Viterra's President and CEO for North America. "Viterra and Cigi have a longstanding and rewarding relationship, and we are pleased to forge this official partnership that will continue to benefit our stakeholders and support our industry in an evolving global marketplace."

"This is a milestone day for Cigi," said Earl Geddes, Cigi CEO. "It marks the first time in the new marketing era that an industry partner has made such a significant financial contribution in support of our work and mission to create a global advantage for Canadian field crops. Not only does this $1 million investment symbolize Viterra's leadership in Canada's grain industry, it shows their commitment to a vision that will see Cigi build and grow its efforts to serve the domestic industry and international customers."

About Viterra

Viterra is Canada's grain industry leader, supported by the expertise of its people, a superior network of assets, and unrivalled connections to world markets. Headquartered in Regina, Saskatchewan, our commitment to agriculture goes back nearly 100 years, partnering with farmers to market and move their crops to areas of need around the world. Our continued focus on operational excellence throughout North America allows us to efficiently handle, process, distribute and transport grains and oilseeds. We provide further value to our partners through a wide variety of contracting and risk management tools to help them realize the full potential of their crops. For more information on Viterra in North America, please visit www.viterra.com. Viterra is part of the Agricultural Business Segment of Glencore.

About Cigi

Cigi is an independent market development institute created in 1972. More than 37,000 people representing grain, oilseed, pulse and special crops industries from 115 countries have participated in Cigi programs and seminars. Cigi's mission is to create a global advantage for Canadian field crops through the delivery of technical expertise, support and customized training to the domestic industry and customers around the world. Cigi is funded by farmers, the Government of Canada (AAFC) and industry partners. For more information please go to www.cigi.ca or follow us on Twitter @CigiWinnipeg.

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