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2019 Bean Congress in the Books

The 2019 U.S.-Mexico International Bean Congress was held February 7-9 in Cancun, Mexico. During the event, seminars, discussions and one-on-one business meetings were held.

The U.S. dry bean industry was able to gather with the Mexican trade to celebrate numerous concurrent events such as:

  • The signing of the U.S. Mexico Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA)
  • World Pulses Day
  • The long standing partnership with Mexican buyers

This year’s attendance was high with over 150 buyers, traders and industry representatives present. During the seminar portion of the Congress, speakers discussed World Pulses Day, new trends with beans and bean-based ingredients, U.S. and Mexico bean production trends and an overview of the Mexican political panorama.

Joe Mauch, Kevin Regan, Tom Kennelly and Tim Courneya represented the Northarvest Bean Growers Association the this year’s Congress.

(Source: U.S. Dry Bean Council)

44th Annual Bean Day Held

The Northarvest Bean Growers Association held their 44th Annual Bean Day January 18 in Fargo. Thank you to all attendees and sponsors of the event!

“Mother Nature threw everything she could at us during the 2018 harvest season,” says Northarvest President Tom Kennelly. “Now, it’s time to put last year to bed and focus on the New Year.” And that’s exactly what farmers did during the day’s events.

The agenda featured updates from North Dakota State University researchers on dry bean diseases and breeding, as well as market and trade updates.

Hear more from Kennelly in this report.