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New Month, New Recipes

Jump start your holiday cooking with bean-inspired recipes from the Culinary Institute of America! Warm your home with classic and comforting family favorites like Mac & Cheese with Cannellini Beans or Sausage and White Bean Soup. Better yet, save time with convenient “bowl recipes” including a Fish Taco and Pinto Bean Bowl and BLT Bowl. Learn more about how the Northarvest Bean Growers Association is working with the Culinary Institute of America here.

Northarvest Bean Growers Association Awards Scholarships

The Northarvest Bean Growers Association is pleased to announce the 2019 recipients of two, $1,000 scholarships to support the children and/or grandchildren of Northarvest growers. The 2019 recipients are Jack Camrud of Buxton, North Dakota and John Huechert of St. Thomas, North Dakota.
 
Jack Camrud is the son of Rick and Jill Camrud and is a sophomore studying economics at the University of North Dakota. Jack was active in a number of activities while a student at Central Valley High School, including football, basketball, golf and student council.
 
John Heuchert is the son of Carlton and Stacey Huechert and is a freshman at the University of Minnesota Crookston studying agriculture systems management. Jack was also an active student at St. Thomas High School, serving as yearbook and newspaper editor, class president and a student council representative.
 
Upon graduation, Jack and John both express that they hope to return to their respective family farming operations.
 
In order to be eligible for the NBGA scholarship, a parent or grandparent must be a current grower member of the NBGA, be enrolled or plan to enroll in the first year of college or technical college, and have at least a 3.0 grade point average from high school. Both Camrud and Huechert will be recognized at Bean Day, which will be held Friday, January 17, 2020 at the Holiday Inn Fargo.

Thrifty Thursday: Cooking with Kids

Getting kids in the kitchen is a great way to get them to try and like new foods! This week, Megan Myrdal of the Northarvest Bean Growers Association was on North Dakota Today with her niece Harper. They made a tasty black bean hummus and explained easy ways to get kids involved in the kitchen.
 

Northarvest Holds Summer Board Meeting

The Northarvest Bean Growers Association held two productive days of board meetings at Thumper Pond Resort in Ottertail, Minnesota. Programs and budgets were approved for 2019/2020, with many projects in place for the upcoming year. LeRoy Stumpf from Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson’s office shared an update and also heard from Northarvest dry bean growers. Thank you to the farmer-led board for all your hard work and dedication to the dry bean industry!

Northarvest Scholarship Applications

The Northarvest Bean Growers Association will award two, $1,000 scholarships in 2019 to children or grandchildren of Northarvest members. Northarvest is comprised of dry bean growers from North Dakota and Minnesota.
 
In order to be eligible for the NBGA scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Applicant’s parent or grandparent must be a current grower-member of the NBGA
  • Applicant must be enrolled or plan to be enrolled in their first year of college or technical college in 2019
  • Applicant must have a 3.0 GPA or higher from high school
 
Request for application can be requested by mail or email:
 
Northarvest Bean Growers Association
50072 East Lake Seven Road
Frazee MN 56544
Email: nhbean@loretel.net
 
Application must be received no later than June 1, 2019. The NBGA Scholarship Committee will review applications in July and applicants will be notified by August 1, 2019.

Dry Bean Scene

Farmers are making making dry bean planting progress at 23 percent in North Dakota and 14 percent in Minnesota. However, spot fertilizer shortages are starting to pop up. Get the details in the latest Dry Bean Scene, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Northarvest Elects New Slate of Officers

The Northarvest Bean Growers Association has elected a new slate of Board of Director officers, as well as U.S. Dry Bean Council directors.

David Dickson of Gilby, North Dakota is the new Northarvest president. Previously, Dickson served as vice president, and also serves on the promotion, legislative, search, scholarship and communication committees. Dickson was first elected to the board in 2013.

Elected as vice president is Thomas Arnold of Appleton, Minnesota. Arnold serves on the Northarvest legislative, research and crop insurance committees. He was first elected to the board in 2014.

Eric Samuelson of Crookston, Minnesota was elected was the Northarvest treasurer. Samuelson was first elected to the board in 2015 and serves on the legislative and crop insurance committees.

Serving as the USDBC director is Kevin Regan of Webster, North Dakota. Regan was first elected in 2015, and with this assignment will represent the two-state region of Northarvest.

Roger Carignan of Cavalier, North Dakota is the USDBC alternate director, representing the two-state region of Northarvest. Carignan is currently the vice chair of the North Dakota Dry Bean Council and was first elected to the Council in 2013.

Dry Bean Scene

As the partial government shutdown continues, U.S. Dry Bean Council, Executive Director Rebecca Bratter says funding for 2019 trade promotion programs is on hold. Hear more in this week’s Dry Bean Scene, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Myrdal Hired as Director of Domestic Marketing and Communications

Megan Myrdal joined the Northarvest Bean Growers Association (NBGA) as the director of domestic marketing and communications on January 15. In this role, Megan will lead Northarvest’s work to promote the use and consumption of dry edible beans.

“The Northarvest Bean Growers Association is very happy to welcome Megan Myrdal as the new director of domestic marketing and communications,” says NBGA Executive Vice President Tim Courneya. “Megan’s background in nutrition, agriculture and communications is a great fit for our organization and will be an asset to sharing the benefits of the bean.”

Prior to her hire with NBGA, Myrdal was the family nutrition program agent with NDSU Extension – Cass County and the project manager for the Cass Clay Food Partners. Megan is an active member of Fargo’s local food community as the co-founder of Food of the North and the Red River Market. She’s also a former adjunct instructor for Concordia College and NDSU.

“I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to work for and represent the bean growers of North Dakota and Minnesota,” says Myrdal. “As a registered dietitian, it’s hard to find a food that has a more positive message to share than beans. I look forward to being a bridge between the growers and consumers to help people understand the bean industry and find more ways to enjoy beans.”

2019 District Election Results

The Northarvest Bean Growers Association (NBCA) has announced district director election results. District directors elected include:

District 2: David Dickson of Gilby, ND raises pinto and black beans, wheat, soybeans and sugar beets. David is active on the NBGA as vice president. He also serves on the promotion, legislative, search, scholarship and communication committees.

District 5: Joe Mauch of Hankinson, ND raises navy beans, soybeans, corn and sugar beets. Joe is active as a director on NBGA, U.S. Dry Bean Council delegate for Northarvest, Richland County Corn Growers Utilization Committee and Northwestern Farm Management.

District 8: Cordell Huebsch of New York Mills, MN raises dark red kidney beans, corn, strawberries, raspberries and pumpkins. Cordell is active on the Central Minnesota Irrigation Corporation, Irrigators Association of Minnesota, Farm Bureau and Minnesota Agriculture & Rural Leadership.