New process for Northarvest Bean Elections
January 24, 2007
District 2 (ND), District 5 (ND) and District 8 (MN) director positions on the Northarvest Bean Growers Association are up for election in 2007.
The elections are being managed differently this year, conducted through mail ballot, rather than being held on Bean Day.
Nomination letters were mailed to districts with elections in early December. In the letter, it was stated that any dry bean grower or spouse, or any landowner or spouse, who plants dry beans for marketing within the district and resides within that district may become a candidate for the Board. A candidate for the Board must submit the director nominee submission form. Any incumbent who chooses to run must also submit a director nominee submission form. It was stated in the letter that director nominee submission forms be returned and postmarked no later than Dec. 21, 2006.
A ballot form listing election candidates will be mailed to districts with elections the first week of January. Eligible producers (same requirements as those for nomination, above) should vote and return the mail ballot by the postmark date as indicated on the ballot. After vote tabulation and committee review, the election results will be announced at the 32nd Annual Bean Day, January 19, 2007, Fargo Holiday Inn, Fargo, ND.
Northarvest Bean Nominating Committee Chairman, Brian Love says the procedural change offers several advantages. The change allows more producers to participate in the nomination and election process, not just those who attend Bean Day.
Further, it streamlines the process on Bean Day, helping to save time on an otherwise full and busy day of activities.
The Northarvest board of directors is comprised of three segments which meet and conduct business in unison. These segments are the 6 directors of the North Dakota Dry Bean Council, the 5 directors of the Minnesota Dry Bean Research and Promotion Council, and the 9 directors of the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.
A term as director of the Northarvest Bean Growers Association is for 3 years with a limit of 3 terms. There are usually 4 full board meetings a year, scheduled to be of minimal disturbance to most farming operations; this is in addition to committee meetings which are dependent upon assignment but also minimally invasive.
Compensation for meetings and activities is $65 per day with mileage/meal/lodging allowance similar to state and federal reimbursement.
Serving on this board not only gives members unique insight into the dry bean industry, it allows interaction with other directors from across the two states, some of the best and most innovative bean growers in the Northarvest region.
Questions or comments about the election process should be directed to: Tim Courneya, Northarvest Bean Growers Association, 50072 E Lake Seven Road, Frazee, MN 56544, Ph (218) 334-6351 - Fax: (218) 334-6360 - E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.