Farmers and ranchers are digging out after a weekend blizzard swept across a large chunk of the U.S. The weather system responsible for this blizzard extended from the Texas Panhandle and Delta northward to the Canadian border. World Weather Incorporated says snowfall totals from a foot to two feet were seen from north-central South Dakota through east-central and southeastern North Dakota to northern Minnesota. The highest totals came at Ellendale and Jamestown, North Dakota with 26 inches. High wind gusts reaching 50 and 60 mph were also apart of the storm system, with Sand Lake, South Dakota clocking a 65 mph gust. Some parts of North Dakota received an entire winter’s worth of snowfall by end of December.
A letter has been sent to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue seeking “the fullest appropriate disaster assistance” under the WHIP+ program and other USDA programs. This letter was signed by groups representing farmers in the Northern Tier states, including soybeans, wheat, barley, sunflowers, canola, dry beans, pulse crops and the National Farmers Union. Extreme moisture has resulted in quality losses, such as low falling numbers, sprout damage and mold. The WHIP+ regulations now exclude quality losses for everything but wine grapes. The farm groups said that puts grain producers in the Northern Plains at serious disadvantage.
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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