BeanCon21 Website is Live

BeanCon21 is set for March 3-5, 2021 in Las Vegas. This is a first of its kind global conference on everything beans, focusing strongly on innovation. Also, it will be a one stop shop for buyers and sellers. Additional information is available at

The Perfect Picnic Side

As the temperatures rise, fuss-free dishes like this pasta and bean salad are just right for supper on the deck or patio. Make it in the morning to allow the flavors to develop – and so that you don’t need to think about supper until it’s time to eat.   Ingredients: 8 ounces rotini pasta, […]

Dry Bean Scene

The late start to the spring planting season in the Northern Plains has some acres in flux. Farmers in northeastern North Dakota are considering substituting acres for warm season crops, but dry bean seed is in short supply. Hear more from Johnstown Bean Company general manager Dylan Karley in the Dry Bean Scene on the […]

USDBC Completes COVID-19 Global Consumer Survey

The U.S. Dry Bean Council commissioned a study from Rose Research to better understand the effect the COVID-19 pandemic is having on consumer attitudes, perceptions and behavioral practices towards dry beans in some of our export markets. Specifically, the following areas of investigation were measured and included behavioral patterns from six months ago, currently and […]

CFAP Signup Set to Begin May 26, Program Details Released

Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will begin after Memorial Day on Tuesday, May 26. That is according to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who says $16 billion in direct payments will be sent to farmers as soon as one week after USDA launches the portal. The signup window will then remain open through August. […]

Practice Physical Distancing on the Farm

As North Dakota slowly moves into a phase of re-opening, the risk of illness from COVID-19 has not faded. Farmers, ranchers and their employees interact with each other regularly, so they need to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) physical distancing guidelines to minimize the risk for themselves and their families. Here are […]

Weekly Dry Bean Market News

Dry bean trading activity is steady with very good demand, according to USDA’s Weekly Market News. Contract product is moving steady. North Dakota and Minnesota grower prices for pinto beans are $38 to $40 per cwt. Black beans remain steady at $25 to $28 per cwt and navy beans are at $30 to $35 per […]

Dry Bean Planting Progress

The weekly Crop Progress Report from USDA puts dry bean planting in Minnesota is at 27 percent complete. Last week planting was at 15 percent and the five-year average is 30 percent. Dry bean planting in North Dakota has just started at 3 percent complete, compared to 1 percent last week and 21 percent average. […]

Dry Bean Scene

Acreage decisions haven’t been easy for farmers in the Northern Plains this year. Northland Community and Technical College Farm Business Management instructor Betsy Jensen says while some farmers have started planting, others have yet to turn a wheel. Get the details in the Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible by […]