03/24/2023 Dry Bean Scene

In this week’s Dry Bean Scene, we catch up with Minnesota University of Extension Integrated Pest Management Specialist Bruce Potter, who talks about the spread of the soybean gull midge, which uses dry beans as a host. The Dry Bean Scene is sponsored by Northarvest Bean Growers Association.   

ND Judge Rules on WOTUS Case

A federal judge in North Dakota is allowing farm groups to intervene in the ongoing legal battle over the Waters of the United States rule. North Dakota Judge Alice Senechal will consider a motion from 24 states for a preliminary injunction. Without the court action, separate lawsuits would likely be filed in each of those […]

Seed Competition Task Force Created

USDA has launched an interagency task force to evaluate competition in the seed industry. USDA officials will be joined by representatives of the Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Patent and Trade Office. An official with the Federal Trade Commission said this effort promotes innovation and competition, especially for “small and family-owned farms.”

Omnibus Ag Policy Bill Moves to House Floor

The Minnesota ag finance bill is expected to be marked up in the House Agriculture Committee this week. The omnibus agriculture policy bill passed out of that same committee Thursday and is now on its way to the House floor. Committee Chair Samantha Vang was pleased with the bipartisan support for the bill. “I believe this […]

Flood Risk Rises

The risk for significant spring flooding in the Red River and Devils Lake Basins has increased and is now near or above long-term historical averages. Below normal March temperatures have delayed the spring melt. The timing of the spring thaw and the possibility of additional snow or rain are the most important factors for the […]

A Successful Trade Mission

USDA Undersecretary of Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Alexis Taylor led a trade delegation to Panama this past week. “We’re going to see really great new trading relationships that are bore out of our time here this week.” Thirty ag companies and farm groups are represented on this trade trip, including Northarvest Bean Growers Association President Eric […]

03/21/2023 Dry Bean Scene

In this week’s Dry Bean Scene, we catch up with Minnesota Dry Bean Research and Promotion Council member Ryan Peterson who talks about a recent trip to Dubai for the Gulf Foods Expo. The Dry Bean Scene is sponsored by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

STB Approves CP-KCS

The Surface Transportation Board approval of the Canadian Pacific Railway and Kansas City Southern Railway merger takes effect April 14. As part of the STB decision, the new entity must keep access to other Class I railroads available and submit information to the government to address potential service issues. This will be the first rail […]

Senate E15 Bill Introduced

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators have introduced legislation to make 15 percent ethanol blends available year-round. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer are the lead sponsors for the bill. Co-sponsors include the balance of the senators from Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.