March 30, 2007
Northarvest Bean Election Results
Joe Mauch, Hankinson, N.D., has been elected to the Northarvest Bean Growers Association board of directors, representing District 5 (southeast N.D.). He replaces Gary Friskop, Wahpeton. In District 2 (Grand Forks County) Gary Paur, Gilby, N.D., was re-elected. Also, Jon Ewy, Deer Creek, Minn., was re-elected to represent District 8 (central MN).
APH Price Elections Bumped Up
At the request of the NBGA, the USDA Risk Management Agency increased APH price elections for 2007, to reflect higher market prices compared to when price elections were initially established. Navies were increased to $19/cwt ($16 initial price) and pintos to $20 ($16 initial price). Price adjustments to other bean types: www.rma.usda.gov/bulletins/rd/2007/07-009.pdf.
Speed Dating for Bean Buyers and Sellers
An ag commodity version of speed dating was held during the International U.S. Dry Bean and Specialty Crops Congress, held in Mexico in February. The group of participants was well balanced between U.S. companies and buyers from around the world. The event attracted 120 companies and buyers from 12 different countries: Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Guatemala, Peru, France, Portugal, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and Spain. The Congress featured presentations on bean and specialty crop topics, and one highlight was the one-on-one buyer/seller discussions. The one-on-one meetings required a lot of work as far as logistics, with 240 business meetings at 22 tables in 12 time slots of 25 minutes each.
Heres how this version of speed dating worked: On their registration form, each U.S. company participating could choose with which country or region they would like to meet. On a first come, first serve basis, the meetings were arranged according to their preferences. This meant that each of the 33 U.S. exporters had six to eight meetings, and each of the 43 importers from different countries had at least four meetings scheduled. It was a unique way of networking and meeting prospective buyers in one venue.
Blegen Named Manager ADM Casselton
Harley Blegen has been named manager of ADM Edible Bean Specialties, Casselton, N.D., replacing longtime manager Bill Radermacher, who retires April 1. Blegens email: Harley_blegen@admworld.com.
Beans in the Living Ag Classroom
Northarvest Bean Growers participated in the Living Ag Classroom held this winter in Bismarck and Minot. About 1,240 students with 200 teachers and chaperones from 66 schools attended the KFYR Agri-International Living Ag Classroom at the Bismarck Civic Center, where Lynne Bigwood of Northarvest led educational activities related to dry bean production and nutrition. Living Ag Classroom at Minot, part of KMOT TVs Ag Expo at the State Fair Building, attracted 940 students in the Minot region. The picture is girls from the 4th grade classroom at South Prairie School, south of Minot. They divided the class up and the girls came in one group, the boys in another, says Bigwood. Thats Holly Arnold in the background. She is the wife, daughter and sister of N.D. bean growers, and a great assistant.