Governor Walz Issues Stay-at-Home Order

Governor Tim Walz has issued a two-week stay-at-home order for all Minnesotans. This executive order comes as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, limiting citizen movement outside of their homes beyond essential needs. The executive order is effective this Friday, March 27 and will last for two weeks. Food and agriculture are among the list of “essential services.”

Northarvest Seeks an Executive Director

The Northarvest Bean Growers Association, located in Fargo, North Dakota, seeks to hire a proven leader as its Executive Director. This position is responsible for administering and overseeing all programs, projects and contracts; working with the board members; managing office staff; and assisting with the development and management of the budget, along with other duties as assigned. Northarvest represents dry bean growers (pinto, navy, black, dark red kidney, light red kidney, pink, cranberry, small red, white kidney and Great Northern) in North Dakota and Minnesota.
Candidates will possess a bachelor’s degree with previous leadership experience. Excellent human relation skills with knowledge of the agriculture industry are essential to this position. Experience in market development and research is preferred. Travel required both in and out of state and international. Northarvest offers a competitive compensation and benefits package and a stable work environment.

Harvest Progress – November 12

According to USDA’s Weekly Crop Progress report, harvest has finally come to a close in most states. In North Dakota, harvest is 87 percent complete. That compares to 77 percent the previous week. In Minnesota, harvest increased from 79 to 88 percent complete the past week. View crop progress by state.

Disaster Designation Requested for 12 Minnesota Counties

A Secretarial disaster designation has been submitted for 12 northwest Minnesota counties. The request was sent to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue by Governor Tim Walz on Thursday. The letter asks for the federal assistance to help recover from recent weather events and agricultural losses. Last week, Governor Walz declared an emergency executive order that lifted restrictions for drivers hauling propane and liquid fuels.

Walz Issues Emergency Executive Order

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has issued an emergency executive order to support farmers in the western part of the state. With this effort, the restrictions are lifted on drivers and carriers hauling propane and liquid fuels. The assistance is designed to alleviate the fuel shortage in the area. Walz said his team will continue to look into actions that can support the agricultural industry through these difficult conditions.

Harvest Progress – October 28

According to USDA’s Weekly Crop Progress report, dry bean harvest in North Dakota is at 66 percent. That is compared to 61 percent the previous week. In Minnesota, harvest increased from 68 to 76 percent complete, which is behind 100 percent last year. The dry bean and chickpea harvest in Montana is complete. Washington farmers are 99 percent done with harvest and at 92 percent complete in Idaho. Dry bean harvest is at 94 percent done in Wyoming, 88 percent in Colorado, 93 percent in Nebraska and at 79 percent in Michigan.

Walz to Meet with NW MN Farmers to Discuss Harvest Delays

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen will be in East Grand Forks Tuesday to get a first-hand look at the extreme harvest conditions faced by area farmers. In an interview with the Red River Farm Network, Walz said his administration is looking for ways to assist farmers. “It may be regulatory relief on hours-of-service to propane haulers to truck weights to a possible disaster declaration.” An assessment is being made regarding a federal disaster declaration.

Dry Bean Scene

It was a rough start to the kidney bean and navy bean harvest for Perham, Minnesota farmers. However, a stretch of warm and dry weather allowed for some of the harvest to progress. Get the details in the Dry Bean Scene made possible, in part, by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

New Palmer Amaranth Findings

Palmer amaranth has been found in Grant County in western North Dakota. According to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, the likely source of infestation was millet seed. Farmers are encouraged to scout fields during harvest and clean equipment between fields to prevent unintentional spreading. So far, Palmer amaranth has been confirmed in five North Dakota counties since 2018.

The noxious weed has also been found in Minnesota’s Lincoln County in a field that was planted to a cover crop contaminated with Palmer amaranth. The company that sold the contaminated seed self-reported the violation to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Dry Bean Scene

Whether it’s near Bremen, North Dakota or Stephen, Minnesota, dry edible bean harvest is not far away. Get the details in the Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm network made possible, in part, by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.