Entries by Jed Brazier

Weekly Dry Bean Market News

Compared to a week ago, trading activity was slow with very light demand. Contract product is moving steady. Mexican peso per US dollar exchange rate is19.2090. View the report here.

Dry Bean Leaders Visit Capitol Hill

Members of the Northarvest Bean Growers Association and the North Central Bean Dealers were recently in Washington, D.C. While there, they discussed the farm bill, agriculture trade and policy implications with Congressional delegates from Minnesota and North Dakota. Members also connected with USDA regarding bean procurement in the Food Aid Program.

Hold-Even Extension Budget Prevails in the Senate

An appropriations bill, HB1020, for NDSU Extension the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station was unanimously passed out of the Senate. Greg Lardy, interim director for NDSU Extension and the ND Ag Experiment Station, says one advancement in the Senate’s version is a hold-even budget. “That includes nearly a $3 million move forward for the main […]

Status Quo Predicted for ’19 Dry Bean Acres

In late March, Tim Courneya, executive vice president of the Northarvest Bean Growers Association, based in Frazee, Minn., asked the farmers-directors of his organization how many acres of dry edible beans they intend to plant this spring. Their collective answer, Courneya said, was, “Status quo” — or roughly the same number of acres as they […]

Most Recent Census of Ag Data Released

There are fewer farms across the Northern Plains, in-line with the national trend. That’s according to data compiled in 2017 for the Census of Agriculture. There is a big decline in North Dakota farms. The state has more than 26,300 farms, down 15 percent from 2012. In Minnesota, there are just over 68,800 farms, down […]

Discover Your Bean Personality

This week, the Northarvest Bean Growers Association launched a quiz that allows users to “discover their bean personality.” This quiz will be used at promotional shows to engage with attendees, educate about the 10 classes of beans grown in Northarvest country and drive traffic to the Bean Institute website. Click here to discover your bean personality. 

Thrifty Thursday: Bean Salads

Salads are a great way to build a healthy, satisfying meal. This week, Northarvest Director of Domestic Marketing & Communication Megan Myrdal was on North Dakota Today for Thrifty Thursday. The weekly TV segment shares healthy, low-cost recipes featuring simply delicious, naturally nutritious beans. This week’s recipes were a Picnic Kidney Bean Salad ($0.40 per serving) and […]

A Slight Increase in 2019 Dry Bean Acres

According to USDA, the U.S. is expecting to see a slight increase in dry bean acres this planting season. The Planting Intentions report estimates total planted acres at 1.24 million, up one percent from 1.22 million in 2018, excluding chickpeas for comparability. View the full report here.

2018 Dry Bean Grower Survey Results

For 29 years, dry bean growers have responded to an annual survey of varieties grown, pest problems, pesticide use and grower practices. Research and Extension faculty at North Dakota State University, along with directors of the Northarvest Bean Growers Association, developed the survey form, which was mailed to all Northarvest bean growers. All participants of […]