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.

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.

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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.

Myrdal Hired as Director of Domestic Marketing and Communications

Megan Myrdal joined the Northarvest Bean Growers Association (NBGA) as the director of domestic marketing and communications on January 15. In this role, Megan will lead Northarvest’s work to promote the use and consumption of dry edible beans.

“The Northarvest Bean Growers Association is very happy to welcome Megan Myrdal as the new director of domestic marketing and communications,” says NBGA Executive Vice President Tim Courneya. “Megan’s background in nutrition, agriculture and communications is a great fit for our organization and will be an asset to sharing the benefits of the bean.”

Prior to her hire with NBGA, Myrdal was the family nutrition program agent with NDSU Extension – Cass County and the project manager for the Cass Clay Food Partners. Megan is an active member of Fargo’s local food community as the co-founder of Food of the North and the Red River Market. She’s also a former adjunct instructor for Concordia College and NDSU.

“I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to work for and represent the bean growers of North Dakota and Minnesota,” says Myrdal. “As a registered dietitian, it’s hard to find a food that has a more positive message to share than beans. I look forward to being a bridge between the growers and consumers to help people understand the bean industry and find more ways to enjoy beans.”

2019 District Election Results

The Northarvest Bean Growers Association (NBCA) has announced district director election results. District directors elected include:

District 2: David Dickson of Gilby, ND raises pinto and black beans, wheat, soybeans and sugar beets. David is active on the NBGA as vice president. He also serves on the promotion, legislative, search, scholarship and communication committees.

District 5: Joe Mauch of Hankinson, ND raises navy beans, soybeans, corn and sugar beets. Joe is active as a director on NBGA, U.S. Dry Bean Council delegate for Northarvest, Richland County Corn Growers Utilization Committee and Northwestern Farm Management.

District 8: Cordell Huebsch of New York Mills, MN raises dark red kidney beans, corn, strawberries, raspberries and pumpkins. Cordell is active on the Central Minnesota Irrigation Corporation, Irrigators Association of Minnesota, Farm Bureau and Minnesota Agriculture & Rural Leadership.

Government Reopen for Three Weeks

After 35 days with a partial government shutdown, the federal government is reopening for three weeks. That will give the administration and Congress time to work out their differences on immigration and the wall. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue welcomed the reopening of the federal government, saying “preparations are being made for a smooth reestablishment of USDA functions.”

Resources Available for Families Dealing with Farm Stress

The Minnesota House Agriculture and Food Committee addressed the issue of the farm economy and stress Thursday. Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen testified in this hearing.

“I know farmers in all 87 counties of the state and my rings at 6:30 in the morning who are just having a hard time,” said Petersen. “We have a helpline, we have farmer-lender mediation, farm advocates; counseling is there and we want farmers to know we want to help them with the programs we have.”

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