Cargill takes signing grain contracts online

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Farmers signing grain contracts with the Canadian arm of Cargill no longer have to face the fax.

Winnipeg-based Cargill AgHorizons announced Monday it now offers farmers the option of signing contracts electronically, using e-signatures connected to their accounts through the company’s website.

The company said its e-signature service allows farmers to review and sign contracts with Cargill “at any time” using a desktop or mobile device.

No other line grain company in Canada is yet offering such a service, Cargill said. Signed grain contracts must otherwise be faxed or physically delivered.

The first farmer to use the e-signature service was Ron Krahn at Rivers, Man., Cargill said Monday.

“Being able to complete a contract after business hours and knowing the transaction is completed gives peace of mind,” Krahn said in the company’s release. “I did our first e-signature in our farm office and it couldn’t get more convenient than that.”

To promote the new system, Cargill on Monday also announced its employees have pledged to plant a tree for each e-signature registration going through in 2014. “You’ll save time and paper, and we’ll plant trees in the communities we work and live,” the company said.

Cargill last year launched a web feature to allow farmer customers to view grain contracts online, and in 2012 connected its site to the CME Group and ICE Futures Canada, allowing producers to view live, local grain bids. — Network


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