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Working Together: Northarvest's 2001 Annual Report
January 04, 2002

Preserving Our Position

Mark Streed


The Northarvest Bean Growers Association is an association of growers representing growers through the check-off system. We are North Americas largest supplier of quality dry beans. We work together to better the industry through promotion, research, market development, education of consumers and monitoring of governmental policy. Our future goals must be continued market exposure and careful monitoring of new ideas, consumer choices, and producer needs.

Northarvest Bean
Growers Association

Mark Streed, President
Milan, MN 320-734-4706

Gary Friskop, Vice President
Wahpeton, ND 701-642-2378

Randy Carow, Treasurer
Perham, MN 218-346-5393

Mark Myrdal
Edinburg, ND 701-993-8243

Marty Hettervig
Buxton, ND 701-847-2434

Gary Paur
Gilby, ND 701-869-2892

Cecil Meyer
Raymond, MN 320-847-3581

Alan Juliuson
Hope, ND 701-945-2672

Kevin Anderson
E.Grand Forks, MN 218-773-8159

Minnesota Dry
Bean Research and
Promotion Council

Mark Dombeck, Chairman
Perham 218-346-5952

George McDonald, Vice Chairman

Mike Beelner, Treasurer
Park Rapids

Cecil Meyer, Secretary
Raymond 320-847-3581

Mark Welling
Montevideo 320-269-3423

Minnesota Commissioner
of Agriculture

North Dakota Dry
Bean Council

Mark Sletten, Chairman

Hattie Melvin, Vice Chairman

John Dunnigan, Treasurer

Mike Beltz

Paul Schulz

North Dakota Commissioner
of Agriculture

Tim Courneya
50072 E. Lake
Seven Road
Frazee, MN 56544
Phone: 218-334-6351 
Fax: 218-334-6360


Greetings Members:

Its great to be able to bring you good news.

With stronger prices, the bean business takes on the attitude of the past. It is encouraging that the market finally responded when we cut back on acres and weather problems trimmed production. Some people had lost faith in the bean market, thinking that prices would never rally again. But without government or other outside involvement, the bean market has righted itself and is responding to current supply and demand signals.

I also have good news about the Northarvest Bean Growers Association. It has taken steps that will help make the grower association  and our industry  even better in the future.

In the past year, the farmers you elected to serve on the Association board, the North Dakota Dry Bean Council and the Minnesota Dry Bean Research and Promotion Council hammered out a mission statement, established goals and set priorities.

These policies can be best summed up under the theme Preserving Our Position. Everything we are doing now is geared toward preserving our position in the market as North Americas leading supplier of many classes of dry beans, and preserving prices at levels that are profitable.

Our strategy is to continue investing most of the check-off funds you provide into research, promotion, market development, communication and government/trade policy monitoring.

Research will continue to center on developing better varieties and eliminating production problems that reduce profit potential.

Promotion will continue to target chefs and other culinary influencers who decide which dishes appear on restaurant, institution and school foodservice menus. Not only do they serve millions of people each day, they set food trends.

Market development will focus on understanding, maintaining and expanding our position with countries that currently import our products, and developing new sales in the most promising emerging markets.

On the following pages, you will find more details about these programs. If you have any questions, please ask me, another member of the Association board or your representatives on the Minnesota and North Dakota Councils.

As you make plans for planting beans in 2002, keep our theme  Preserving Our Position in mind. We all can make a difference.


Mark Streed, President
Northarvest Bean Growers Association

2001-2002 Budget By Category

Annual Budget
Appropriation by Category




Program Management



National & Regional Promotion






Market Development















North Dakota Dry Bean Council



Minnesota Dry Bean Research & Promotion Council






How Your Bean
Groups Work Together

Market Development

Work continued around the world in 2001 on dry bean export markets.

The primary focus of the National Dry Bean Council (NDBC) is using federal Market Assistant Program and Foreign Market Development (FMD) funds to maintain and expand dry bean exports.

In 2001, NDBC set out to conduct activities in the European Union, France, Mexico, the Middle East, North Africa, Brazil, Italy, Japan, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Examples of this years activities include:

  • Participation in ANUGA, the largest food and beverage trade fair in the world -- An estimated 165,000 buyers from 147 different countries attended the show, which was held in Germany. Companies based in 60 countries visited the NDBC booth. Trade leads developed from many new countries including Bahrain, Bolivia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Finland, Ivory Coast, Kosovo, Lithuania, Pakistan, Romania and Ukraine.
  • Trade trip to Cuba -- Team members investigated the potential for bean exports if the U.S. lifts its embargo. The market could top $1 billion, but the team learned competition from other countries would be stiff, credit issues would be complex and the financial risk would be high. (NDBC members financed this trip themselves.)
  • Mexico crop tour -- A team of observers toured Mexico to evaluate the 2001 crop and prospects for imports. Another group attended Mexicos annual Bean Congress and met with government officials and import firms to discuss trade issues.
  • Private Volunteer Organization education -- The NDBC hosted a reverse trade trip for food aid buyers from several private volunteer organizations (PVOs) operating in Europe, Asia and Africa. The PVO representatives learned how they might use dry beans in their food aid programs; how U.S. dry beans are packaged, inspected and shipped; and how dry beans can be purchased.
  • Market intelligence -- The NDBCs consultants filed regular updates on dry bean production, supply and consumption in their regions. The consultants are David McClellan, Barcelona, Spain; Raul Cabellero, Sta Monica, Mexico; Jeff McNeill, Tokyo, Japan; Johanna Stobbs, Paris, France; Neil Gordon, Pinner, England; Jois Alaby, Campinas, Brazil; and Peggy Sheehan, food aid representative, Washington, D.C.
  • Other  Work

    The NDBC also monitors trade and farm policy. This year NDBC focused on several areas including:

  • The Farm Bill -- The NDBC reaffirmed its members opposition to any legislative or administrative change  or any other action  that would allow farmers who grow program crops on contract acres to receive a subsidy when they also receive income from the sale of non-program crops, such as dry beans, on the open market.
  • Aid to Cuba -- The NDBC lobbied to allow food and humanitarian aid trade to Cuba through private non-governmental organizations, as well as regular commercial and government-to-government channels.
  • Crop insurance -- The NDBC proposed crop insurance reforms to improve dry bean coverage.
  • Research

    The Northarvest Bean Grower Association funded nine research projects at North Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota in 2001. They are:

  • Dry Bean Improvement for the Northern Plains
  • Dry Bean Disease Control Research Program for the Northern Plains
  • Integrated Strategies to Control Bean Root Rot in Minnesota
  • Natural Air Drying Pinto Beans
  • Harvest Moisture to Maintain Dry Edible Bean Quality
  • 2001 Dry Bean Grower Survey of Pest Problems
  • Control of Biennial Wormwood in Dry Bean
  • Developing Multiple Disease Resistant Dry Edible Bean
  • Sclerotinia Infection and Inoculum Production As Influenced By Crop Species and Management Techniques
  • Look for progress reports on these projects in the annual Northarvest Research Update, which will be published this spring.

    More Research

    SBARE is a state board that the North Dakota legislature created in 1997 to administer oil tax refunds. Approximately $616,252 was available for agriculture research in 2001. Dry beans were allocated $30,576 of the amount.

    Northarvest members from North Dakota on the 2001 SBARE committee that reviewed project proposals and awarded grants were Gary Friskop, Wahpeton; Paul Schulz, Washburn; Mark Myrdal, Edinburg, Gary Paur, Gilby; and Mark Sletten, Hatton. Other committee members were Ken Grafton, NDSU dry bean breeder; and Cole Gustafson, Associate Dean, North Dakota Ag Experiment Station.

    SBARE and the Northarvest Bean Growers Association provided money for the following projects:

  • Control of Biennial Wormwood in Soybean and Dry Bean
  • Developing Multiple Disease Resistant Dry Edible Bean
  • Sclerotinia Infection and Inoculum Production As Influenced By Crop Species and Management Techniques
  • Weed Control in Dry Edible Beans
  • Dry Bean Disease Control Research Program For The Northern Plains
  • Domestic Promotion


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