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Weekly Dry Bean Market News

Compared to a week ago, trading activity was slow with very light demand. Contract product is moving steady. Mexican peso per US dollar exchange rate is19.2090.

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Dry Bean Leaders Visit Capitol Hill

Members of the Northarvest Bean Growers Association and the North Central Bean Dealers were recently in Washington, D.C.

While there, they discussed the farm bill, agriculture trade and policy implications with Congressional delegates from Minnesota and North Dakota. Members also connected with USDA regarding bean procurement in the Food Aid Program.

A Slight Increase in 2019 Dry Bean Acres

According to USDA, the U.S. is expecting to see a slight increase in dry bean acres this planting season. The Planting Intentions report estimates total planted acres at 1.24 million, up one percent from 1.22 million in 2018, excluding chickpeas for comparability.

View the full report here.

Weekly Dry Bean Market News

Compared to a week ago, trading activity was slow with very light demand. Contract product is moving steady. Mexican peso per US dollar exchange rate is19.2090.

View the report here.

Canned Beans Sought

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is accepting offers for canned garbanzo beans and packaged Great Northerns to be used in the National School Lunch and other Federal Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs. Bids are due Monday, April 8 by 1:00 p.m. Central Time. View the solicitation here.

Weekly Dry Bean Market News

Compared to a week ago, trading activity was slow with very light demand. Contract product is moving steady.
 
North Dakota is reporting weather issues effecting processing and getting rail cars.The Pacific Northwest is out doing field work, according to report contacts.
 

USDA Requesting Industry Comments for Dry Beans, Peas and Lentils

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is seeking comments from industry partners on a draft amendment to the Commodity Specification for dry beans, peas and lentils. For split peas, AMS is proposing to use grade standard U.S No. 2 or better for all factors except for “whole peas” and allow up to three percent maximum for “whole peas.”
 
When submitting comments, please provide justification for any recommended changes to the proposed language. Comments can be sent to Richard Peterson by Wednesday, April 3.

Weekly Dry Bean Market News

Compared to a week ago, trading activity was slow with very light demand.
 
Contract product is moving steady. North Dakota is reporting issues from the weather effecting processing and getting rail cars. The PNW is having issues from snow melt effecting railways.
 
Mexican peso per US dollar exchange rate is 19.0068. View the report here.

USDBC Welcomes Overseas Representatives

As the U.S. Dry Bean Council prepares for the implementation of USDA’s Agricultural Trade Promotion (ATP) program, the council is excited to announce new talent to help expand 2019 outreach.
  • Xu Fang has been named USDBC’s new contractor for China planting and production analysis and will also be keeping an eye on China’s potential to become a net dry bean importer. Xu is currently president and CEO of WG Consulting, a Shanghai-based consulting firm specializing marketing and market access for various agricultural products and services.
  • Thoric Cederstrom is representing USDBC’s food assistance and food security initiatives as the new food aid consultant. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, Thoric is an expert in sustainable agriculture and food security, primarily in environments that include conflict and post conflict situations.
  • Alejandro Leloir will be the new Regional Representative for the Americas. Alejandro is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina with a degree in agronomy. He currently resides in San Jose Costa Rica.
  • Jose Barrios joined USDBC as a public relations and program specialist specifically for new marketing activities in Colombia under the ATP program. He will be organizing at least five different marketing events throughout Colombia.
USDBC Regional Representative for the Americas region Dario Bard will depart at the end of April.

Week Dry Bean Market News

Compared to a week ago, trading activity was slow with very light demand. Contract product is moving steady. North Dakota is reporting issues from the weather effecting processing and getting rail cars. The PNW is still getting a winter with more snow in the future forecast. Mexican peso per U.S. dollar exchange rate is 19.3191. View the report here.