Questions have been circulating on whether or not dry bean producers are eligible for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program payments. Tom Hance of Gordly Associates has that answer in the latest Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.
The Northarvest Bean Growers Association held a special election for District 9 in March. The mail ballots certified election results show Jeff Kosek of Brownton, Minnesota will complete the incumbent’s two-year term.
Kosek raises corn, kidney beans, black beans and has a cow/calf operation and a feedlot. He is a member of the Brownton town board and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association. In his nomination description, Kosek said he would like to bring more farm program attention to the board, specifically when it comes to fair and equitable insurance for dry bean farmers. The Brownton farmer also enjoys working with others.
The North Dakota Dry Bean Council elected Kevin Regan of Webster, North Dakota to serve his third, three-year term as representative of District 2. Regan is currently elected by the Northarvest board to serve as delegate to the U.S. Dry Bean Council (USDBC) and currently serves as the USDBC treasurer.
The Minnesota Dry Bean Council elected Jacob Faugstad of Climax, Minnesota to his first, three-year term in District 1. Mark Dombeck of Perham, Minnesota was elected to serve a three-year term representing District 5.
Danna Sabolik joined the Northarvest Bean Growers Association (NHBGA) as the marketing and communications director on April 1, 2021. In this role, Danna will lead Northarvest communications and promotions strategy for the dry bean farmers in North Dakota and Minnesota.
The association is very happy to welcome Sabolik. “Northarvest has an exceptional story to share about how this organization has developed for our farmers in North Dakota and Minnesota,” says Executive Vice President Tim Courneya. “Danna provides a voice for the farmers to humanize their efforts on behalf of consumers looking for nutritious food options, like dry beans provide for the world.”
Prior to her hire with NHBGA, Sabolik was a reporter for Dairy Star, Star Publications and an editor with Future Farmer, Spotlight Media. “Northarvest provides an opportunity to work on behalf of farm families that grow a healthy safe product from field to plate,” states Sabolik. “As an agricultural journalist, I am looking forward to giving farmers the voice that so many times gets lost when it may be the most important voice providing the world its nutritious food.”
Sabolik holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.
Northarvest Bean Grower – Our Mission:
NHBGA, growers representing growers through the check-off system, is North America’s largest supplier of quality dry beans. Working together to better the industry through promotion, research, market development, education of consumers and monitoring of governmental policy. Our future goals must be continued market exposure and careful monitoring of new ideas, consumer choices, and producer needs.
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