The Pulse Crop Health Initiative has announced the opening of its current funding cycle, seeking submissions for research proposals for fiscal year 2021 funding. PCHI is a special project, funded through the Farm Bill, with approximately $4.3 million available in grants for FY 21. Most projects funded are at the level of $60,000 to $100,000 (per institution on a project).
The goal of PCHI is to rely on research conducted through the various funded projects on pulse crops (dry peas, lentils, chickpeas, and dry beans) to “provide solutions to the critical health and sustainability challenges facing the citizens of the United States and the global community. “
Research should be focused on any/all of the following research areas:
- Human Health Improvement & Chronic Disease Prevention
- Functionality Traits & Food Security
- Sustainability of Pulse Production Systems
The deadline for submitting the application packet is May 14. Plans of work will be reviewed by an independent scientific panel and rankings will be discussed with the Steering Committee before final decisions are made.
For additional contact Michael A. Grusak, Center Director, USDA-ARS Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center at 701-239-1371 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new research project out of Michigan State University’s Food Legume Quality Genetics Research Lab is studying the quality of beans and pulses for use as a flour ingredient.
The survey is directed to food industry professionals who use any type of pulse flour in their products. According to researchers, the objectives are to:
- Identify the food industry’s interest and experience with pulse flours.
- Improve characteristics of alternative flours made from beans, peas, chickpeas, and others through crop breeding.
Dry beans under contract are moving at a steady pace with current crop prices steady with moderate demand. USDA Market News puts the grower price for black beans unchanged in North Dakota and Minnesota at $27-to-$32 per hundredweight. Pinto bean prices are holding steady at $30-$33 per hundredweight, and navies are at $32. Kidney bean prices remain at $40 to $46 per hundredweight for lights and darks.
View the April 27 report.
North Dakota’s Living Ag in the Classroom event didn’t go as planned due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, with the quick thinking of the committee, commodity groups created videos to share with elementary school-aged students throughout the state. Watch the Northarvest Bean Growers Association video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7p-deaAVH-4.
USDA has released the 2021 Dry Bean Market News summary. This report contains monthly average prices, production by commercial class and/or state, exports by country of destination, purchases for domestic feeding programs and supply and distribution of dry beans in the U.S.
That document can be found here.
Northarvest Bean Grower – Our Mission:
NHBGA, growers representing growers through the check-off system, is North America’s largest supplier of quality dry beans. Working together to better the industry through promotion, research, market development, education of consumers and monitoring of governmental policy. Our future goals must be continued market exposure and careful monitoring of new ideas, consumer choices, and producer needs.
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