Beat the Heat with Beans

Cool-off from summer’s warm weather with beans. A sweet and frosty treat, these red bean popsicles are an Asian favorite and easy to make at home. The popsicles start with a sweet red bean paste called Anko, commonly available in Asian grocery stores. It’s easy to make your own, though.

Red bean popsicle recipe.

USDA Purchases Packaged and Canned Beans

Dry edible beans and canned beans have been purchased by USDA for distribution to the child nutrition and other related domestic food assistance program for Fiscal Year 2019. The purchase includes packaged pinto, baby lima, Great Northern and light red kidney beans, pinto bean totes and canned garbanzo beans, totaling over $1.08 million.

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Not Just for Pasta: Pesto and Beans

Although it’s used most often with pasta, pesto is perfect with beans for a main dish that is packed with protein, fiber and the best flavors of Mediterranean cuisine. Stir a few tablespoons of pesto into canned or freshly cooked beans and serve with a tossed salad and crusty bread for a fast summer meal.
This pesto recipe from Bon Appetit used pine nuts, which are traditional in Italian pesto, but you can substitute walnuts if you like.

Beans in Favorite Family Recipes

It’s easy enough to find recipes for any dish you could possibly want in cookbooks, magazines and on the internet, but nothing beats tried-and-true family favorites. One of the Bean Institute readers submitted this recipe that she’s been making for close to 20 years, saying her family has never tired of it.

U.S. Dry Bean Council Holds Summer Board Meeting

The U.S. Dry Bean Council’s summer board meeting took place July 19 and 20 in Snowmass, Colorado in conjunction with the U.S. Dry Bean Convention. This year’s meeting focused on USDBC’s response to the current trade environment and the downturn in global exports.
The Agricultural Affairs and International Promotion Committees both discussed and defined several new approaches to shoring up global markets and expressing industry policy priorities. That includes another Washington D.C. Fly-In in the spring of 2020, and the implementation of several new trade opportunities under the new Agricultural Trade Promotion program.

Promising Niche Market Opportunities in Peru

The U.S. Dry Bean Council recently concluded a fact-finding mission to Peru. U.S. agricultural exports to Peru increased from $424 million in 2008 to $1.3 billion in 2018. Currently, the U.S. is the largest agricultural product supplier with 31 percent market share. About two-thirds of U.S. agricultural goods enter the country duty free, including dry beans. In marketing year 2017/18, the U.S. exported 4,147 metric tons of dry beans to Peru. This is due primarily to lower Peruvian dry bean production and increased demand for navy beans for food assistance programs, which drove up U.S. exports.

Agricultural Trade Promotion Funding Awarded for Dry Beans

USDA has awarded $100 million to 48 organizations through the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program. The program aims to help U.S. farmers identify and access new export markets. The U.S. Dry Bean Council has received over $2 million in funding, with $1.4 million awarded in January and another $615,000 in July.
More details can be found here.

Easy Barbecued Beans

Planning a family picnic? We have a crowd favorite for you! While we agree there is nothing quite so easy as opening a can of baked beans, these barbecued beans are worth the extra effort. It takes just ten minutes of hands-on preparation to make your own.
Try these barbecued beans for your next picnic or cook-out.

Thrifty Thursday: Cooking with Kids

Getting kids in the kitchen is a great way to get them to try and like new foods! This week, Megan Myrdal of the Northarvest Bean Growers Association was on North Dakota Today with her niece Harper. They made a tasty black bean hummus and explained easy ways to get kids involved in the kitchen.

Dry Beans on Display at the School Nutrition Association Conference

This past week, Megan Myrdal and Faye Courneya represented the Northarvest Bean Growers Association at the School Nutrition Association annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri. The duo talked with school nutrition professionals from across the United States about ways to make bean dishes kids crave.
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