U.S. Dry Bean Council
The Northarvest Bean Growers Association is a major contributing member of the U.S. Dry Bean Council (USDBC). Working with USDBC, our dry bean growers made contact with countries around the world to maintain existing markets and explore opportunities to develop new markets, monitor trade policy and market trends, and discuss dry bean demand with importers, wholesalers, packagers and retailers. The USDBC exists to increase the consumption of U.S. dry beans worldwide. Joe Mauch, Hankinson, N.D. and Kevin Regan, Webster, N.D. represent Northarvest on the USDBC Board of Directors.
During the harvest of 2017, dry bean importers from the Dominican Republic were in North Dakota to learn more about slow darkening pinto bean varieties. Manuel Sarra, general manager of Importadora del Sur, and Darina Mejia, international purchase manager from Grupo Perfesa, were hosted by the NBGA.