Providing Input into Farm Bill Implementation

USDA will host a Farm Bill listening session February 26, 2019 at 9 a.m. in Washing, D.C. The public is invited to offer input on the programs overseen by the Farm Service Agency, Risk Management Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service. The three agencies are looking for ideas to simplify farm program implementation and improve customer service.

The listening session is in the Jefferson Auditorium in the South Building located at 14th Street and Independence Ave. S.W. in Washington, D.C.

The listening session is open to the public. Participants must register at by Feb. 22, 2019, to attend the listening session and are encouraged to provide written comments prior to the listening session. For those orally presenting comments at the listening session, written comments are encouraged to be submitted to by Feb. 22, 2019. Additional written comments will be accepted through March 1, 2019. Comments received will be publicly available on

A Slow Start to Spring

After a long, tough fall, farmers are hoping for an early spring. DTN meteorologist Bryce Anderson did not paint a very optimistic picture during the Northern Corn and Soy Expo. “I’m concerned about spring being late to get underway. We’ve had a big influence by a pretty large-scale round of low pressure, and there is fairly extensive snow cover.”
In many cases, farmers were not able to apply fertilizer this fall. “For our company, we had about 40 percent of an average fall,” said Paul Coppin, general manager, Valley United Cooperative. “That puts the pressure on everybody this spring; we’re against the gun here and are hoping and praying for a nice early spring.” 
Farmers are encouraged to discuss their 2019 plans with their input suppliers, but “it’s hard to talk seed and fertilizer when they’re looking at snow and more snow.” The unrelenting snow has also impacted the farmers’ ability to haul grain to their local grain elevator.
Anderson goes on to say the weather for the growing season itself looks better. “For May, June and July, I think we will have fairly mild temps that will allow Growing Degree Days to accumulate. The biggest issue is getting crops into the ground.”
USDA Market News

USDA Market News

The weekly USDA Dry Bean, Pea and Lentil market news is reporting grower prices in the Northarvest Region remain unchanged from last week. Pinto prices are at $21 to $22. Dark Red Kidney’s at $35 to $36. Blacks are priced from $25 to $26 and Navy’s are priced from $21 to $22 to the grower. Trading activity was slow with very light demand. Contract product is moving steady.

Funding Will Help USDBC Reach New Markets

Support from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has helped the U.S. Dry Bean Council to surpass historical export development funding levels, receiving over $3 million through various funding mechanisms for the 2019 program year. This includes the Market Access Program (MAP), Foreign Market Development (FMD), the Emerging Markets Program (EMP), the Global Broad-Based Initiatives (GBI) program and the newly created Agricultural Trade Promotion (ATP) program.
Deon Maasjo, of Kelley Bean Company in Oakes, North Dakota and President of USDBC pointed out that, “We are especially excited for new opportunities provided in the ATP, which we have designed to be innovative and exploratory. Twenty-nineteen and 2020 will see several new events that we would not be able to conduct without this support.”
For more information please contact the US Dry Bean Council. Read the full news release.

Dry Bean Scene

Soybean cyst nematode is generally considered a soybean disease, but can be a large yield-robber in dry beans. Hear more from University of Minnesota Extension plant pathologist Angie Peltier in this week’s Dry Bean Scene from the Red River Farm Network, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Grady Thorsgard - Harvest (black and pinto)

World Pulses Day

February 10 is World Pulses Day, which celebrates pulses around the globe. As one of the most sustainable, nutritious and affordable foods worldwide, beans figure prominently in nearly all cultures.

Celebrate World Pulses Day by adding some quick global flavor to a pot of beans.  

  • Pair great northern beans with pasta, garlic, onions and tomatoes in a savory broth for a taste of Italy.
  • Make Mexican tacos or tostadas with refried black beans
  • Kidney beans were first cultivated in Peru, so cook them in a stew with other traditional foods like potatoes, chili peppers, and red onions.
  • Celebrate traditional British bean cuisine by having baked beans on toast for breakfast
  • Puree white beans with berbere, an essential Ethiopian spice that contains chili powder, fenugreek, fenugreek, ginger, garlic, cardamom, and cinnamon.

Dry Bean Scene

The U.S.- Mexico International Dry Bean Congress is taking place in Cancun, Mexico. Hear more in this week’s Dry Bean Scene from the Red River Farm Network, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Dry Bean Tender

USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service has issued the following solicitation for various classes of dry beans for use in the National School Lunch Program and other Federal Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs. Bids are due Tuesday, February 19.

View the solicitation. 

USDA Market News

USDA 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 is 19.0501.

View the report

Dry Bean Scene

As the partial government shutdown continues, U.S. Dry Bean Council, Executive Director Rebecca Bratter says funding for 2019 trade promotion programs is on hold. Hear more in this week’s Dry Bean Scene, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.