“Getting It Right” Dry Bean Webinar Slated for Feb. 2

Farmers and crop advisers will have an opportunity to receive dry edible bean production information during a virtual “Getting It Right” meeting that NDSU Extension is holding.
“This webinar will provide concise presentations to reach dry bean producers and crop advisers with research-based production recommendations for 2021,” says Greg Endres, Extension cropping systems specialist based at NDSU’s Carrington Research Extension Center.
The subjects that will be covered and presenters are:
  • Market types and variety review – Hans Kandel, Extension agronomist
  • Recommendations for selected plant establishment factors – Endres
  • Soil considerations and plant nutrition – Dave Franzen, Extension soil science specialist
  • Insect management – Janet Knodel, Extension entomologist
  • Disease management – Sam Markell, Extension plant pathologist
  • Weed management – Joe Ikley, Extension weed specialist
Also during the program, Mitch Coulter, Northarvest executive director, will provide an update of the organization. In addition, a prerecorded video that provides a dry bean market update by Frayne Olson, Extension crops economist, will be available.
Preregistration is required to participate in the meeting. Visit https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/carringtonrec/events to view the schedule and preregister. Those who preregister will receive emailed instructions to participate in the meeting. The February 2 presentations will be recorded and archived. Certified crop adviser continuing education credits will be available for meeting participants.
NDSU Extension is organizing and conducting the meeting in cooperation with the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Dry Conditions Weakening in the Northern Plains

Dry conditions are dwindling in the Northern Plains, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor. In North Dakota, the extreme drought once seen in central and south-central part of the state has disappeared. Fifty-six percent of the state is in severe drought, while the Red River Valley and south-central and south-eastern portions are abnormally dry or in moderate drought. Most of Minnesota either abnormally dry, with the northwestern and west-central areas being the exception.  

Coalition Asks Pres. Biden to Improves Relations with Cuba

The United States Agriculture Coalition for Cuba is asking the Biden Administration to improve relations between the U.S. and Cuba. In a letter to President Biden, the group said the current sanctions “hurt the Cuban people.” Normalized trade relations are also touted as an opportunity for U.S. farmers. The letter was signed by more than 20 groups, including the U.S. Dry Bean Council.

Biden Administration Starts Naming Secretary, Under Secretary Positions

President Joe Biden has named Kevin Shea as the acting agriculture secretary until Tom Vilsack is confirmed. Service since 2013. Until Michael Regan is confirmed, Jane Nishida will be the Environmental Protection Agency’s acting administrator. USDA has named three Deputy Under Secretary positions. Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services is Stacy Dean. Dean previously worked at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Office of Management and Budget. Justin Maxson is the Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development, who previously worked at the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation. Deputy Under Secretary of Marketing and Regulatory Programs is Mae Wu, who previously worked at the Natural Resource Defense Council.

Biden Sworn In as President

Joe Biden was sworn in as President of the United States on Wednesday. “On this January day, my whole soul is in this; bringing America together, uniting our people, uniting our nation,” said Biden during the Inauguration Address. “I ask every American to join me in this cause.” Following the address, several agriculture groups congratulated the new president and Vice President Kamala Harris
In his first day on the job, President Joe Biden signed off on 17 executive orders. One of the orders calls for a review of former President Donald Trump’s environmental regulations. That includes the changes made to the Waters of the U.S. Rule. A new immigration bill is also on its way to Congress.
In a Red River Farm Network interview, Pro Farmer Policy Analyst Jim Wiesemeyer said President Biden’s first issue will be getting the COVID-19 vaccine distributed and implemented. Once the economy gets back into place, Wiesemeyer thinks Biden will address climate change. Immigration policy will also be top-of-mind and eventually, there will be tax increases. There is also another chance at improving infrastructure, including rural broadband.

BeanCon21 Registration is Open

Registration for BeanCon21 is officially open. The event is a one-stop-shop for all things dry beans, combining innovative sessions on future trends, harvest and quality updates, live chef demos and one-on-one business networking sessions in a virtual setting.
Other topics on the agenda include:
  • Why Beans are the Next Big Thing
  • The U.S. Dry Bean Value Proposition
  • Innovation and Trends Around the World
  • Global Culinary Inspiration
BeanCon21 will take place in three-hour blocks over the course of three days March 2 -4. Days 1 and 2 will feature the one on one meetings that participants will be able to sign up for to conduct private business sessions.

Dry Bean Scene

The 2020 Crop Production Summary is out, and Kelley Bean Company general manager for North Dakota and Minnesota John Bartsch says there were high water marks for both pinto and black beans. Come spring, Bartsch thinks dry beans will most likely be battling for additional acreage. Hear more in this week’s Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

USDA, USTR Name Agricultural Trade Advisors

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer have announced the appointment of 67 members to serve on seven agricultural trade advisory committees. The Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee is comprised of senior representatives from across the U.S. agricultural community who provide advice to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on trade policy matters including the operation of existing trade agreements and the negotiation of new agreements. View the appointments.

Hoeven Hosts Farm COVID Relief Roundtable

North Dakota Senator John Hoeven hosted a roundtable discussion Thursday morning with state farm groups and Farm Service Agency officials on the recently passed COVID-19 legislation. There was $13 billion included in the latest relief package for agriculture, and much of that is expected to be implemented under the Biden Administration. Hoeven also outlined the new Quality Loss Adjustment program. Listen to the first portion of the question and answer session.

Soil Talk Tuesdays

The NDSU Extension Soil Health team has kicked off a new program called Soil Talk Tuesdays. These are live-hosted events that use a panel format to lead the discussion. Participants can hear from specialists, researchers and farmers, along with interacting by entering questions into the Q&A (for the panel) or into the chat box to discuss topics with other participants. The Northarvest Bean Growers Association is a sponsor of this webinar series. View the schedule and get registered here.