A Family Owned Business
Established in 1978, C&M Seeds, “Ontario’s Wheat Company”, introduced hard red winter wheat to Ontario and today, is the leading supplier of wheat seed in eastern Canada, including both winter and spring varieties. From its inception, the company has specialized in this high-value wheat segment and continues to bring leading wheat genetics to growers in eastern Canada. C&M Seeds has introduced all new classes of wheat to Ontario other than Soft White Winter Wheat. Innovation is a Tradition!
Five years later, Palmerston Grain opened its doors and has continually invested in its facilities, technology and people. That vision has brought it to the point where it currently boasts 2.1 million bushels in storage capacity, Identity Preserved capabilities and state-of-the-art technology. Palmerston Grain buys, contracts and markets agricultural commodities from southwestern Ontario to the Ottawa Valley.
One of the keys to the successful introduction of new classes continues to come from keeping Palmerston Grain and C&M Seeds working together. With every new variety introduced, C&M Seeds has worked with the Ontario market to ensure that there is an end use for the wheat. Sometimes leading to unique quality traits for Identity Preserved markets.
Both C&M Seeds and Palmerston Grain are located just outside Palmerston, Ontario on the 5th line of Minto, where the huge grain elevator and seed processing facility sits on the original family farm of Norris and Eila McLaughlin, both since retired. The two businesses are currently owned and operated by three siblings, John and Jim McLaughlin and their sister, Anne Schneider. Well-recognized in their community, all three families are also involved in large-scale farming operations.