Beans Support Aerobic Exercise

 
If your New Year resolution includes a commitment to more aerobic exercise, take a tip from the Tarahumaras, a group indigenous to the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains of Mexico. Considered among the most skilled long-distance trail runners in the world, they’ve been the subject of books, magazine articles and scientific studies. Remarkably, the diet that sustains their extraordinary fitness is built around beans, especially pinto beans. Corn, chili peppers, squash and greens also play important roles in their menu. Try this recipe.

Dry Bean Scene

For dry bean growers, it is difficult to make plans for the upcoming growing season given the conditions. Northarvest Bean Growers Association Executive Vice President Tim Courneya says Bean Day is apart of that decision making process. Hear more in the latest edition of the Dry Bean Scene.

Crop Insurance Premiums Due Jan. 31

USDA’s Risk Management Agency is reminding farmers that crop insurance premiums are due January 31. Accrual of interest had been deferred for the 2019 crop year. If it’s not paid by then, the interest will attach on February 1, calculated from the date of the premium billing notice. The extended interest deferral built on other steps taken by USDA to support farmers and ranchers impacted by flooding and other disasters. As of January 13, RMA has paid roughly $8.1 billion in overall claims for the 2019 crop year.

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USMCA Overwhelmingly Passes in the Senate

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement passed out of the U.S. Senate by an overwhelming vote of 89-10 Thursday. For agriculture, USMCA is estimated to increase U.S. exports by $2 billion. The vote comes just one day after the United States signed a new trade agreement with China, which promises to increase ag exports by tens of billions of dollars. President Trump took to Twitter after the passage, saying “the farmers are really happy with the new China trade deal and the soon to be signed deal with Mexico and Canada.”
 
Now, the deal heads to President Trump for a signature. The president is expected to sign the agreement sometime next week during a formal ceremony. Mexico’s legislature approved the trade deal last month, and all eyes are on Canada to ratify USMCA. The Canadian parliament isn’t scheduled to return until January 27.
 

U.S. and China Sign Phase One of Trade Agreement

The U.S. and China have signed phase one of a trade agreement. President Donald Trump was joined by Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at the White House ceremony on Wednesday. “Today, we take a momentous step, one that has never been taken before with China, toward future fair and reciprocal trade,” said President Trump in opening remarks. After the signing, the text of the agreement was released. All details are public expect for specific purchase amounts.
 
During the address, Trump verified the phase one agreement includes over $200 billion in Chinese purchases of American goods and services over the next two years. That includes at least $40 billion in food, agricultural and seafood products annually for a total of $80 billion in the next two years. The president also said he would remove all U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports as soon as the two countries completed phase two of the agreement, adding “I do no expect there to be a phase three.”
 

Weekly Dry Bean Market News

 
Dry bean trading activity is very limited with very good demand according to USDA’s Weekly Market News. North Dakota and Minnesota grower prices for pinto beans are at $32 to $35 per cwt. Black beans remain steady at $23 to $26 per cwt and navy beans are at $28 to $30 per cwt. Kidney bean prices for Minnesota remain steady at $38 to $45 per cwt. View the report.

Dry Bean Scene

NDSU Extension has published research on plant population and row spacing for navy and black beans. Now researchers are working on furthering that information for pinto beans. Find out more in the Dry Bean Scene, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Dry Bean Scene

The 45th Annual Bean Day is Friday, January 17 at the Holiday Inn in Fargo, North Dakota. The trade show and registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the program gets underway at 10:15 a.m. Get the full details the Dry Bean Scene, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association. View the full agenda here.

Warm Up Winter Nights with Chocolate Chili

Nothing warms up a cold winter evening like chili, and the best chili recipes call for a few tablespoons of chocolate. Pairing chocolate with spicy hot peppers is a tradition that goes back some four thousand years. The Mayans of Central America, who are credited with discovering chocolate, didn’t use it as the sweet treat we love today. Instead, they consumed a fiery and bitter drink made from crushed cocoa beans and chili peppers. Get more details.

Bean Promotional Campaigns Take Colombia by Storm

A free trade agreement has made Colombia a market of potential for U.S. dry bean exports, as the U.S. is now price competitive. Support from the USDA FAS Emerging Market Program and Agricultural Trade Promotion Program has allowed the U.S. Dry Bean Council to launch several different marketing programs. The marketing programs are multi-media and run under two distinct campaigns, Todo con Frijol (Beans with Everything) and El Arte de Frijol – The Art of Beans. The campaigns include workshops, cooking demos, meetings with top Colombian chefs, recipe books and promotional video clips. Read more.