Odds of Rail Strike Rising

A third rail union has rejected the tentative labor agreement. Negotiations remain in a cooling-off period and neither side can enact a work stoppage until December 4th at the earliest. The deal that was made in September would have provided union workers with a 24 percent compounded wage increase over a five-year period and five […]

WTO and FAO Highlight ‘Fertilizer Crisis’

The World Trade Organization and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization are calling for urgent action to address the global fertilizer supply. The two groups have released a study about the current volatility in the fertilizer market and the impact on food security. Fertilizer shortages are expected to continue into 2023 and threaten food security, […]

Additional Emergency Relief Program Funding

USDA is preparing to roll out Phase Two of the Emergency Relief Program and a new Pandemic Assistance Revenue Program. The Agriculture Department said it was sharing information early to help farmers and ranchers put together documentation and train FSA staff on the new approach. The Phase Two of the Emergency Relief Program is for […]

11/18/2022 Dry Bean Scene

Tune into this week’s Dry Bean Scene to hear from North Dakota State University Assistant Professor in Dry Bean and Pulse Pathology Malaika Ebert for a dry bean disease recap from the 2022 growing season. The Dry Bean Scene is brought to you by SRS Commodities, Northarvest Bean Growers Association, Johnstown Bean Company, and BASF. 

11/11/2022 Dry Bean Scene

Tune into this week’s Dry Bean Scene to hear from NDSU Assistant Professor in Dry Bean and Pulse Pathology Malaika Ebert, for a disease recap of the 2022 growing season. The Dry Bean Scene is brough to you, in part, by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Incumbents Re-elected

It was a winning strategy for the incumbents across the three-state area. North Dakota Senator John Hoeven, Congressman Kelly Armstrong and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring were reelected by wide margins. In Minnesota, House Agriculture Committee members Michelle Fischbach, Angie Craig and Brad Finstad were reelected. South Dakota voters kept Senator John Thune, Congressman Dusty Johnson […]

Dry Bean Research Returns Good Worldwide Economic Value

A Kansas State University Study on the impacts of international ag research at U.S. universities featured the work done by NDSU’s Dry Bean Department. A legume innovation lab project led by North Dakota State University Department of Plant Sciences dry bean breeder Juan Osorno and bean genomicist Phil McClean led research efforts in Guatemala for […]

11/04/2022 Dry Bean Scene

How did dry bean varieties fair for the 2022 growing season? Tune into this week’s Dry Bean Scene to hear from NDSU Extension Dry Bean Breeder Juan Osorno. The Dry Bean Scene is brough to you, in part, by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Interest Rate Bumped Another .75 Basis Points

As expected, the Federal Reserve Bank bumped interest rates by .75 basis points. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell offered comments after the central bank meeting. Powell said it will be appropriate to slow the pace of interest rate increases at some point. “Even so, we have some ways to go,” said Powell. “Incoming data since our […]