Agricore United:

An inventory of its records at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Marta Dabros
University Archives & Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library
(2012)

Finding aid encoded by Marta Dabros (August 2012)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba
330 Elizabeth Dafoe LibraryWinnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2

Creator:
Agricore United

Title:
Agricore United fonds

Dates:
1909-2003

Quantity:
1.7 m of textual records, 5 audio reels, 1 audio cassette, and 274 slides.

Identification:
MSS 268, TC 131, PC 226 A.09-58

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Administrative History of Agricore United (United Grain Growers Ltd.)

On July 30, 2001, Agricore announced that the boards of both United Grain Growers and Agricore Cooperative had unanimously agreed to a merger that would create a new company, Agricore United, which would be modeled after U.G.G.'s share structure. On November 1, 2001, the merger took place and Agricore, the last of the prairie cooperatives, ceased to exist.

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Since the merger, Agricore United became the largest agribusiness in western Canada dealing in grains, oilseeds, special crops, marketing, agri-products, agri-food processing, and feed manufacturing. The merger also allowed for a greater ability to access public markets for additional capital. The company has weathered adverse growing conditions, such as drought and floods in various parts of western Canada, low grain stocks, and growing competition from international markets. While offering farmers management services like financing, risk management, agronomic expertise, and access to end-use markets, Agricore United has been able to capitalize on a wider system of developed infrastructure networks of port terminals, country elevators, and farm service centres.

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In 2007, Agricore United was acquired by Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. Together, they formed the foundation of Viterra Inc.

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Refer to the finding aid for earlier histories of United Grain Growers Ltd. and Agricore Cooperative Ltd.

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The 2009 (A.09-58) accession consists of memoranda, correspondence, and other materials relating to the election, estate shares, charter, and by-laws of the United Grain Growers Board of Directors; correspondence and materials relating to various UGG-related monographs and publications (including "T.A. Crerar: A Political Life" by J.E. Rea, and "The First Fifty Years" and "I Was There" by R.D. Colquette, UGG News, and UGG Annual Catalogs); reports and memoranda relating to contracts with the Canadian Wheat Board; transcripts, minutes, delegate reports, and resolutions of annual meetings; materials relating to UGG work with liaison organizations and organizations in support of co-operative initiatives; contracts and by-laws relating to UGG subsidiaries, including United Feeds Ltd., Public Press Ltd., and Grain Growers Export Co. Ltd.; publications and correspondence relating to UGG 50th, 75th, and 80th anniversaries; stock certificates and shareholder cards; newspaper clippings; and financial ledgers.

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The accession also contains a slide collection showcasing photos of various grain elevators, terminals, and technology, as well as historic photos related to agriculture and farm cooperatives.

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Finally, the 2009 accesion also features five audio recordings of UGG radio shows and promotional material.

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These materials are divided into the following series: annual reports; community liaisons; constitutions, by-laws, and structures; reports; subsidiaries; annual meetings; correspondence and materials related to publications; publications; publicity; financial; correspondence and memoranda; Crow Benefit; inquiries and commissions; legal; tape collection (TC 131); and slide collection (PC 266).

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Restrictions on Access

No restrictions on access.

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Restrictions on Use

Users must abide by relevant copyright legislation.

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Custodial History

The collection was transferred to the Archives & Special Collections by Viterra in 2009.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

ANNUAL REPORTS [ 1989-2003 ]

BoxFolder
11 United Grain Growers Ltd. Annual Reports 1989-1996
2 United Grain Growers Ltd. Annual Reports 1997-2001
3 Agricore United Annual Reports 2002-2003

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COMMUNITY LIAISONS 1961-1977
BoxFolder
14 Manitoba Commission on Farm Organizations 1961-1963
5 Manitoba - Department of Co-operative Development 1972-1977
6 Manitoba Community Co-operative Development Council Committee 1976-1977

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CONSTITUTIONS, BY-LAWS, AND STRUCTURES 1917-1981
BoxFolder
21 United Grain Growers Ltd. - Directors' by-laws, amendments, etc. 1917, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1969
2 United Grain Growers Ltd. - By-laws 1950, 1954, 1955
3 United Grain Growers Ltd. - By-laws - Extra copies 1942-1943, 1950-1952, 1954-1955, 1957, 1960, 1968-1969
4 United Grain Growers Ltd. - Charter (1954, 1985) and "The Local Board" (1988) 1954, 1985, 1988
5 United Grain Growers Ltd. - Correspondence re.: estate shares, by-law changes, and Board of Directors 1978, 1980-1981
6 Northern Alberta Land Titles Office - Correspondene re: foreign ownership of land in Alberta and Alberta land transfers 1950, 1975, 1978-1980

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REPORTS 1948-1979
BoxFolder
31 United Grain Growers Ltd. - Report on delegation of control and related matters, November 1948 1948
2 Reports and memoranda to the Board of Directors - Canadian Wheat Board Contracts 1957-1960
3 Reports and memoranda to the Board of Directors - Canadian Wheat Board Contracts 1961-1966
4 Reports and memoranda to the Board of Directors - Canadian Wheat Board Contracts 1967-1969
5 Reports and memoranda to the Board of Directors - Canadian Wheat Board Contracts 1970-1979

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SUBSIDIARIES 1909-1977
BoxFolder
41 Grain Growers Export Company Ltd. - By-laws, charters, petitions to the King 1915, 1918, 1932, 1939, 1977, 1978
2 United Grain Growers Insurane Services Ltd. - Company charter - amendments, etc. 1918, 1952, 1967, 1968, 1977
3 United Grain Growers Securities Co. Ltd. - Stock record ledger 1918-1977
4 United Feeds Limited - Patent incorporating United Feeds Ltd., by-laws 1966, 1971
5 United Feeds Ltd. Stock certificates 1966-1976
6 The Public Press Ltd. - Meeting minutes - Public Press Ltd. and Country Guide Ltd. 1970
7 The Publlic Press Ltd. - Legal materials (by-laws, letters of patent, etc.) 1951, 1962

Contains photocopies of older materials (by-laws, etc.)

BoxFolder
51 United Grain Growers Insurance Services Ltd. Winnipeg stock certificates 1918-1975
2 The Grain Growers Export Co. Ltd. stock certificates 1913-1976
3 United Feeds Ltd. stock certificates - Edmonton 1966-1978
4 The Public Press Ltd. Winnipeg stock certificates 1909-1976

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ANNUAL MEETINGS 1982-1989
BoxFolder
61 United Grain Growers Ltd. - Annual meeting - Directory and agenda 1982
2 United Grain Growers Ltd. - Annual meeting, Winnipeg - Minutes 1984
3 United Grain Growers Ltd. - Annual meeting - transcript 1986
4 United Grain Growers Ltd. - Annual meeting - transcript 1987
5 United Grain Growers Ltd. - 1989 Annual meeting, Regina - transcript, minutes, notes, delegate reports, resolutions submitted to Board 1989
6 United Grain Growers Ltd. - 1989 Annual meeting, Regina - transcript, minutes, notes, delegate reports, resolutions submitted to Board 1989
7 Notice of 1996 Annual Meeting and Management Proxy Circular 1996

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CORRESPONDENCE AND OTHER MATERIALS RELATED TO PUBLICATIONS 1952-1986
BoxFolder
71 Correspondence and proofs re: "The First Fifty Years" by R.D. Colquette 1952-1958, 1960
2 Correspondence and proofs re: "The First Fifty Years" by R.D. Colquette 1954-1956
3 Correspondence and proofs re: "The First Fifty Years" by R.D. Colquette 1952, 1956-1959, 1964
4 Correspondence re: "T.A. Crerar: A Political Life" by J.E. Rea 1986
5 "I Was There" by R.D. Colquette - Unpublished manuscript and published copy [1956?]

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PUBLICITY 1956-1987
BoxFolder
81 Correspondence, publications, newspaper clippings, and and other materials related to UGG's 50th anniversary year 1956
2 Correspondence, publications, presentation materials, and meeting summaries related to UGG's 80th anniversary year 1986-1987
3 Library news clipping service - Feb.15- Feb. 20, 1992. Copies of clippings re: prairie farming, wheat pools, farm boards, etc. 1992

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PUBLICATIONS 1917-2001
BoxFolder
84 The Grain Growers' Grain Co. Ltd. - 3rd Annual Catalog - Implements and supplies 1917

Photocopy of original only.

5 The Grain Growers' Grain Co. Ltd. 1918 Catalog - Implements and supplies 1918
6 "UGG News" and other outside publications 1985-1987
7 Correspondence re: UGG News 1982, 1984-1985, 1987-1991
8 United Grain Growers Ltd./Agricore - Various publications: UGG Employees' Handbook, "Across Fifty Years," and "Teaming Up to Earn Your Business" 1956, [198-?], 2001
9 United Grain Growers Ltd. - UGG News - "Links in the Chain" - 75th Anniversary presentation 1981

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FINANCIAL 1949-1984
BoxFolder
91 United Grain Growers Ltd. - Prospectus and application for Class A shares (Part 1 of 3) 1967
2 United Grain Growers Ltd. - Prospectus and application for Class A shares (Part 2 of 3) 1967
3 United Grain Growers Ltd. - Prospectus and application for Class A shares (Part 3 of 3) 1967
4 United Grain Growers Ltd. - Share Transactions - 1 Aug 1972 to 31 July 1973 1972-1973
5 United Grain Growers Ltd. and subsidiary companies - accounts as at Oct. 31, 1972 1972
6 United Grain Growers Ltd. and subsidiary companies - accounts as at April 30, 1972 1972
7 United Grain Growers Ltd. - Annual financial statements 1990

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CORRESPONDENCE AND MEMORANDA 1949-1979
BoxFolder
101 Memoranda presented to the Board of Directors 1949-1951
2 Memoranda presented to the Board of Directors 1949-1951
3 Memoranda presented to the Board of Directors 1949-1956
4 Correspondence and information sent to Directors 1973

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CROW BENEFIT 1979-1982
BoxFolder
111 Correspondence, questionnaire re: Crow Benefit 1979, 1982

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INQUIRIES AND COMMISSIONS 1945
BoxFolder
112 Presentation of United Grain Growers Ltd. to the Royal Commission on Co-operatives 1945

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LEGAL 1968-1981
BoxFolder
113 Closing Documents - United Grain Growers Ltd. - Purchase of assets of Dufferin Feed Service Ltd., Sept. 1, 1982 1982
BoxFolder
121 Cal-Win Feeds Ltd. - Legal agreements and correspondence re: amalgamation 1968-1971

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ANNUAL MEETINGS 1982-1989
BoxFolder
131 United Grain Growers Ltd. Reports - Local annual meeting 1988

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FINANCIAL 1949-1984
BoxFolder
141 United Grain Growers Ltd. - Ledger and financial correspondence 1949, 1969-1970, 1973-1984

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TAPE COLLECTION (TC 131) [196-?]-[198-?]
BoxFolder
1 National Agricultural Cooperative Federation - Agricultural cooperatives in Korea [198-?]
"Together We Build" [1970?]
"Together We Build" [1970?]
U.G.G. Farm Show - Opening and closing format with commercial and theme [1970?]
"Alberta-Sask." [1970?]
"Schrader seminar" 1969

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SLIDE COLLECTION (PC 226) ca. 1985
BoxFolder
11 Assorted slides depicting grain elevator sites [Moore dupes (2) - Loose slides] [198-?]
2 Simon-Day Ltd. - photographs and schematics depicting farming technology [Moore - Armstrong - Simon-Day 1 of 1] 1984
3 Simon-Day Ltd. Slide presentation depicting assorted grain technologies [198-?]
4 Assorted slides depicting U.G.G. offices ca. 1985 [Moore originals A and Moore dupes A3] [1985?]
5 Unidentified slides depicting farm technology [Moore - black binder and loose prints, copy 3] [198-?]
6 Slide presentation: "Safety and health in the grain industry" [198-?]
7 Assorted slides depicting prairie farm cooperative history and farm and grain elevator technology and operations [19-?]

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