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Talkin' Beans
October 25, 2002

Keep up with markets, crop progress
with new Northarvest Dry Bean Report

A new weekly dry bean market and crop condition report called the  Northarvest Dry Bean Report debuts this month in 15 radio markets and on two websites.

The report  will cover dry bean markets, supply/demand situation, crop conditions, harvest progress, grower prices in Minnesota, North Dakota and other states.

It is an independent, unbiased, third-party report on dry bean conditions and markets around the country, says Mike Hergert, Red River Farm Network farm broadcaster. Hell talk to dry bean dealers, market analysts and, most importantly, farmers.

The Northarvest Bean Growers Association is funding the report.

This is something dry bean producers are asking for  -- current information that helps them make decisions about dry beans 12 months   out of the year, says John Dunnigan, a Walhalla, N.D., farmer  and treasurer of the North Dakota Dry Bean Council.

The report will be broadcast Thursdays at 12:35 p.m. in Agriculture Today and Fridays at 6:37 a.m. in Country Morning on the following Red River Farm Network radio stations:

" Aberdeen  KKAA 1560 AM.
" Ada  KRJB 106.3 FM.
" Crookston  KROX 1260 AM.
" Devils Lake  KZZY 103.5 FM.
" Fosston  KKCQ 1480 AM, KKCQ 96.7 FM.
" Grand Forks  KCNN 1590 AM.
" Jamestown  KSJB 600 AM.
" Langdon  KNDK 1080 AM.
" Lisbon  KQLX 890 AM.
" Mayville  KMAV 1520 AM.
" Mahnomen  KRJM 101.5 FM.
" Roseau  KCAJ 102.1 FM.
" Rugby  NDKZZJ 1450 AM,
" Thief River Falls  KKAQ 1460 AM,
" Wadena  KKWS 105.9 FM.

If you miss a broadcast, you can hear it on the Northarvest Bean Grower Association web site, or the Red River Farm Network web site,

Dry Bean Breeder Takes New Post; Program Okay

Ken Grafton, NDSU dry bean breeder for the past 20 years, has been named director of the North Dakota Experiment Station. A new breeder wont be hired this year due to the budget constraints and the governors call for  a 5% cut in state spending. But Grafton says he does not expect the breeding program to be setback.

The current technicians on the job will continue with the breeding program with Grafton continuing to supervise until the breeding program is filled.

Well focus our program a little more, and make fewer crosses but that was in the plans anyway, Grafton says.

Team Checks Out Ghana For Food Aid Sales

Two National Dry Bean Council (NDBC) industry members -- International Marketing Director, Amy Philpott, and Food Aid Consultant, Peggy Sheehan -- traveled to Accra, Ghana to investigate food aid opportunities for U.S. dry beans.

Trip activities were aimed at providing food aid buyers with a better understanding of the U.S. product availability, current average prices, best time to buy the product, pricing compared to other commodities and factors that impact supplies.

Another goal was to help teach  companies the process by which US beans are chosen for food aid contracts.

The NDBC representatives made a presentation to 22 monetization managers from 10 African countries at Catholic Relief Services.

They also had the opportunity to discuss the utilization of dry beans in individual countries.
The NDBC new Field Identification Guide was used to show the participants what U.S. beans looked like and how they compared to types of beans currently in the market.

The team members  recorded the names of  the local beans and compare them to the U.S. beans. This information is helpful when selecting which U.S. bean to include in a food aid program proposal.

No country represented at the workshop currently uses dry beans in either direct feeding or monetization activities.  However, several country officers expressed interest in utilizing dry beans in both of these programs.

The NDBC team also made contact with other Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs) that could utilize dry beans in their food aid programs. 

Two of the participating PVOs, ADRA and OICI, are part of a food aid coalition with CRS/Ghana. This coalition will explore the use of dry beans in their next project.  Source: National Dry Bean Council.

Northarvests Salad Recipe Photo Wins Award

The Northarvest Bean Growers Associations Multi Grain Bean Salad photograph won the top commercial award in both the Professional Photographers of North Dakota Commercial Photo Division as well as the Northern Light Regional Professional Photographers Association, Commercial Photo Division.

Northern Light includes all of the professional photographers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba.

The image also won a Fuji Photofilm Masterpiece Award for excellence in commercial photography. Fuji only presents 50 of these around the country each year.

Bean Day
Jan. 23-24
Fargo Holiday Inn

Dry Bean Harvest in Mexico

Mexicos dry bean crop varies widely, and farmers use many different methods to harvest it. At right, a thin stand of dry beans is plagued by weeds. Stands are thin and weeds are abundant. Below, a family threshes beans on the ground by hand. Photos: Bill Thoreson, North Central Commodities.


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