Dry Bean Scene

The 2020 Crop Production Summary is out, and Kelley Bean Company general manager for North Dakota and Minnesota John Bartsch says there were high water marks for both pinto and black beans. Come spring, Bartsch thinks dry beans will most likely be battling for additional acreage. Hear more in this week’s Dry Bean Scene on […]

USDA, USTR Name Agricultural Trade Advisors

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer have announced the appointment of 67 members to serve on seven agricultural trade advisory committees. The Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee is comprised of senior representatives from across the U.S. agricultural community who provide advice to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of the […]

Hoeven Hosts Farm COVID Relief Roundtable

North Dakota Senator John Hoeven hosted a roundtable discussion Thursday morning with state farm groups and Farm Service Agency officials on the recently passed COVID-19 legislation. There was $13 billion included in the latest relief package for agriculture, and much of that is expected to be implemented under the Biden Administration. Hoeven also outlined the […]

Soil Talk Tuesdays

The NDSU Extension Soil Health team has kicked off a new program called Soil Talk Tuesdays. These are live-hosted events that use a panel format to lead the discussion. Participants can hear from specialists, researchers and farmers, along with interacting by entering questions into the Q&A (for the panel) or into the chat box to discuss […]

2018 harvest w/ tractor.

2020 Dry Bean Production Increases

U.S. dry edible bean production was estimated at 33 million hundredweight (cwt) for 2020, according to the latest Crop Production Summary from USDA. That’s an increase of 59 percent from the previous year for comparable states. Planted area was estimated at 1.74 million acres, up 35 percent from 2019. Harvested area was estimated at 1.68 […]

BeanCon21 Registration is Open

Registration for BeanCon21 is officially open. The event is a one-stop-shop for all things dry beans, combining innovative sessions on future trends, harvest and quality updates, live chef demos and one-on-one business networking sessions in a virtual setting.   Other topics on the agenda include: Why Beans are the Next Big Thing The U.S. Dry […]

Dry Bean Scene

The dry bean industry has outlined policy priorities for the incoming Presidential Administration. Resolving the ongoing trade dispute and tariffs with the EU is top of mind, along with a trade agreement between the U.S. and the UK. Hear more from U.S. Dry Bean Council Executive Director Rebecca Bratter in the latest Dry Bean Scene.

Biden and Harris Confirmed by Congress

At of 2:42 AM Eastern Time on January 7, Congress affirmed the election of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. After two Democrats won in the Georgia Senate runoff, Biden will come into office with his party in control of both the House and Senate. Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow will take over as […]

Land Values Hold Strong into 2021

According to the latest Land Values Report from Farmers National Company, sale volumes were up 49 percent during October and November compared to the previous year. Northern Plains farmers are currently buying 90 percent of top-quality farmland coming up for sale. Prices for lower quality cropland are flat. A regional report cites government payments, crop […]