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Talkin Beans
June 25, 2003

Northarvest helps send navy beans to Iraq
Temple Baptist Church, Fargo, N.D., included navy beans in its recent shipment of food aid to Iraq.
The Northarvest Bean Growers Association bought the packaged beans for the church to include in their aid. Iraq had been a major importer of Great Northern, but missionaries in Iraq have requested that donations include navy beans, too, to meet the high demand for food aid. The Fargo Southern Baptists collected 12,300 pounds of food worth $10,860. Volunteers packaged the food in 70-pound boxes containing:
* Four 5-pound bags of rice
* Three 5-pound bags of flour
* Twelve 1-pound bags of navy beans
* Two 4-pound bags of sugar
* Four 1-pound bags of lentils
* Four 1/2-pound boxes of tea
* Two containers of iodized salt (26 oz)
* One box of powdered milk (25.6 oz.)
Each box contains enough food to feed an Iraqi family of five for a month.

Volunteers help pack food aid boxes for shipment to Iraq.

Area producers, wholesalers, retailers and four local Baptist churches donated all of the food for the shipment. All four Fargo-Moorhead television stations covered this story in all of their evening broadcasts May 17th (seven news stories total).  The Fargo Forum ran a picture with a caption in the May 18th Sunday edition and did a longer feature in the May 31 Saturday edition. Nationally, 43,000 Southern Baptist churches are being mobilized to participate in this humanitarian effort. They will likely ship 6.4 million pounds of food worth $5.6 million to Iraqi families.

Southern Baptist missionaries are in place in Iraq and plan to distribute the food in person to Iraqi families in six to eight weeks. Temple Baptist Church is planning to send a team from Fargo to help distribute donations.

Council election results
The Minnesota Dry Bean Research and Promotion Council and the North Dakota Dry Bean Council recently held elections.
Paul Schulz, Washburn, N.D., and John Dunnigan, Walhalla, N.D., were re-elected by dry bean growers in their districts to serve on the North Dakota Dry Bean Council. Schulz will represent growers in District 3 and Dunnigan will represent growers in District 1. Mark Dombeck, Perham, Minn., was re-elected and Brian Love, Euclid, Minn., was elected by dry bean growers in their districts to serve on the Minnesota Dry Bean Research and Promotion Council. Dombeck represents District 5 and Love represents District 1.

Northarvest selects new agency
In a review that included three finalists, the Northarvest Bean Growers Association has named Gabriel deGrood Bendt (GdB) as its new agency-of-record.

The Growers Association has challenged the Minneapolis, Minn., agency with raising perceptions about dry beans beyond the age-old stereotypes.

The assignment includes strategic planning, advertising, public relations, collateral and various other marketing tools.

"Our industry is facing some pretty major challenges and GdB demonstrated a clear understanding of what it will take for us to move the needle," said Tim Courneya, executive vice president at Northarvest. "We're excited about the new partnership, and what we can accomplish together."
Gabriel deGrood Bendt is a full-service marketing and advertising agency. Current clients include DuPont Antron, Sempra Energy Utilities, DuPont Flooring Systems, Target Corporation, Zebco fishing gear, Danze bathware, Hamline University and The Science Museum of Minnesota.

Cuba orders more beans
About one year ago, Cuba received its first shipment of dry beans in more than 40 years. This first shipment came from Northarvest.

The deal for a container of pinto and black turtle beans was struck after the Northarvest Bean Growers Association and other agricultural organizations from the region visited Cuba as part of a U.S. effort to increase trade. Sales contineut o grow. In March, sales of dry beans to Cuba totalled $98,357, making dry beans the 10th lagest export of an agricultural product to Cuba.
Recently, Cuba tendered for 5,000 tons of pintos and 5,000 tons of small red beans to be delivered in August-September 2003 period.

North Central Commodities recognized
The Grand Forks, N.D., Chamber of Commerce has nominated Jim and Denise Karley, North Central Commodities, of Johnstown, N.D., for the state's Small Business Administration's Exporter of the Year Award.

North Central Commodities is an export company founded in 1982 by Jim Karley and his father-in-law Don Lindholm to market the beans they processed at their two bean plants, Johnstown Bean Company and Cavalier Bean Company. The export company also exports beans for other neighboring bean companies. The company originally exported mainly to Mexico, and formed a strong relationship with the Mexican governmentÕs buying agency. Over the years, North Central Commodities has expanded its export markets to include Europe, Mexico, Central America, South Africa, Australia and South America.

One market that has seen recent expansion is Angola. The Angolan market provides some challenges because the market is very price sensitive and purchases are very variable.
The latest market the company is working to develop is Cuba. Recent changes to a United States embargo have allowed Cuba to make U.S. purchases of agricultural commodities for the first time in 40 years. North Central Commodities was one of the first companies to receive such a license to sell beans to Cuba, allowing it to make the first sale of pinto and black beans to Cuba in 40 years.

Today, North Central Commodities is one of the largest exporting agencies in North Dakota with foreign and domestic sales of approximately 675,000 cwt. of beans annually.
Jim and Denise credit the companyÕs success in large part to the fact that they are a part of the process from seed to delivery. North Central CommoditiesÕ customers enjoy working with a company that is more than just a middleman, and appreciate the fact that the Karleys not only export the product, but grow and process it as well.
Ð Source: Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce.

Garrison's Bean Day
Retailers in Garrison, N.D, celebrated their 5th annual "Bean Day," earlier this year.
The event, held on April 15, helps improve the mood in town the day everyone has to file federal and state income taxes, says Jude Iverson, executive director, Garrison Area Improvement Association.
Advertising that the "tax man came and what all we got left to eat is beans," Garrison businesses serve free beans to the public and compete for a traveling trophy in a bean recipe contest.
Among the past winning recipes: mock pecan bean pie, Indian bean soup, Patriotic bean dip and Beankin Pie (a mix of pumpkin pie mix and canned beans).

Garrison businesses select a King and/or Queen of Bean Day. They print Bean Day T-shirts (the last one read "I'm a human bean") and encourage each other to dress up as hobos and bums to get into the spirit of being poor and eating beans on tax day.

The Bean Day promotion has earned the town of 1,300 people some widespread recognition, including an article in USA Today.


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