Walz Signs Executive Order to Help MN Agriculture

Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 20-27 to lift hours of service requirements for truck drivers transporting livestock feed or fertilizer, in order to support Minnesota’s agriculture community while they work to keep Minnesotans fed during the COVID-19 pandemic.   With the ongoing spread of COVID-19 there are heightened concerns within the agricultural industry […]

Dry Bean Scene

According to the USDA Prospective Planting report, U.S. farmers intend to plant 1.37 million acres of dry edible beans in 2020. Learn more in the latest Dry Bean Scene from the Northarvest Bean Growers Association on the Red River Farm Network.

SBA Paycheck Protection Program Information

As part of the CARES Act signed by President Trump on March 27, the Small Business Administration is directed to administer a new Paycheck Protection Program loan to facilitate the delivery of $349 billion.    There has been a lot of attention to the PPP program because it includes terms to forgive the loan if […]

Crop Insurance Flexibilities Added

USDA’s Risk Management Agency is authorizing self-certification on replant inspections and waiving witness signatures in certain situations as part of a broader suite of flexibilities to support producers during the coronavirus pandemic.   Specifically, Approved Insurance Providers may allow the use of self-certification replant inspections for certain crops with 100 gross acres (before considering share) […]

Stock Up on Dry Beans

As consumers across the country shelter in place against the coronavirus, it’s not surprising that packages of dry beans have been flying off grocery store shelves. Dry beans are an essential part of any well-stocked pantry, especially one that feeds families through an emergency. Learn more here. 

NDSU Extension to Host Dry Bean Webinar

Farmers and crop advisers will have an opportunity to receive dry bean production and market updates during a ‘Getting-it-Right’ webinar that North Dakota State University Extension is conducting. The webinar date and time period are Wednesday, April 15 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.   NDSU Extension, with support by Northarvest Bean Growers Association, conducted a […]

Dry Bean Plantings Estimated to Rise

According to the USDA Prospective Planting report, U.S. farmers intend to plant 1.37 million acres of dry edible beans in 2020. That is up 7 percent from the previous year’s 1.29 million acres. Planted area is expected to be above last year in all estimating states except California. Minnesota farmers intend to plant 215,000 acres […]

Weekly Dry Bean Market News

Dry bean trading activity is slow to 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 at $32 to $38 per cwt. Black beans remain steady at $25 to $28 per cwt and navy beans are at $28 […]

NDSU Extension to Host Virtual Town Hall Meeting

North Dakota State University Extension will host a virtual town hall meeting for North Dakota community development leaders. The meeting will be on Tuesday, March 31, at 9:30 a.m. Central time.   “We hope that this town hall meeting will give anyone involved in community development, Chambers of Commerce or small business entrepreneurship, etc., a […]