Providing Input into Farm Bill Implementation

USDA will host a Farm Bill listening session February 26, 2019 at 9 a.m. in Washington, D.C. The public is invited to offer input on the programs overseen by the Farm Service Agency, Risk Management Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service. The three agencies are looking for ideas to simplify farm program implementation and improve customer service.

The listening session is in the Jefferson Auditorium in the South Building located at 14th Street and Independence Ave. S.W. in Washington, D.C.

The listening session is open to the public. Participants must register at by Feb. 22, 2019, to attend the listening session and are encouraged to provide written comments prior to the listening session. For those orally presenting comments at the listening session, written comments are encouraged to be submitted to by Feb. 22, 2019. Additional written comments will be accepted through March 1, 2019. Comments received will be publicly available on

USDA Market News

The weekly USDA Dry Bean, Pea and Lentil market news is reporting grower prices in the Northarvest Region remain unchanged from last week. Pinto prices are at $21 to $22. Dark Red Kidney’s at $35 to $36. Blacks are priced from $25 to $26 and Navy’s are priced from $21 to $22 to the grower. Trading activity was slow with very light demand. Contract product is moving steady.

Funding Will Help USDBC Reach New Markets

Support from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has helped the U.S. Dry Bean Council to surpass historical export development funding levels, receiving over $3 million through various funding mechanisms for the 2019 program year. This includes the Market Access Program (MAP), Foreign Market Development (FMD), the Emerging Markets Program (EMP), the Global Broad-Based Initiatives (GBI) program and the newly created Agricultural Trade Promotion (ATP) program.
Deon Maasjo, of Kelley Bean Company in Oakes, North Dakota and President of USDBC pointed out that, “We are especially excited for new opportunities provided in the ATP, which we have designed to be innovative and exploratory. Twenty-nineteen and 2020 will see several new events that we would not be able to conduct without this support.”
For more information please contact the US Dry Bean Council. Read the full news release.

USDA 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 is 19.0501.

View the report

Government Reopen for Three Weeks

After 35 days with a partial government shutdown, the federal government is reopening for three weeks. That will give the administration and Congress time to work out their differences on immigration and the wall. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue welcomed the reopening of the federal government, saying “preparations are being made for a smooth reestablishment of USDA functions.”

Navy Bean Tender

The Agricultural Marketing Service has issued a solicitation for the procurement of navy beans for the Trade Mitigation Food Purchase and Distribution Program. Big are due Wednesday, February 6.

View the solicitation

USDA Market News

Trading activity was slow with very light demand. Contract product is moving steady. Mexican peso per US dollar exchange rate is 19.1704.
Weekly Dry Bean, Pea and Lentil Market News