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Talkin' Beans
January 11, 2005

Hyland names sales manager

Brett Sauer is the new District Sales Manager for Hyland Seeds in Minnesota and North Dakota.

Sauer, a University of North Dakota graduate who grew up on a family farm and was involved in production agriculture, recently held a contract sales position in which he was responsible for the promotion and service of Hyland Seeds products.  Sauers new responsibilities include seed sales and market development in the Minnesota and North Dakota markets, particularly in the Red River region. 

 With this new position, we are looking to support our existing team, broaden our dealer network and build awareness of Hyland Seeds portfolio of products. Brett Sauer is a very enthusiastic young man and will make a great addition to the team, says Ivan Warriner, Hyland Seeds Sales Manager.

Hyland Seeds is a division of Thompsons, which has a plant in East Grand Forks, Minn.


Montana sells beans to Cuba

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) recently announced that Cuba is going to buy $15 million of agriculture products from Montana over the next 18 months. About $10 million of the deal is for peas, lentils and dry beans.

This is the second major Cuban sale for Montana. In 2003, the state sold Cuba $10.4 million worth of ag products. Pinto beans were included in the mix.

Sen. Baucus is the top Democrat on Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over international trade. According to a press release from his office, Sen. Baucus is a leading advocate of dismantling the decades-old U.S. travel and trade restrictions on Cuba.


Three new varieties

Its been a busy fall for announcement of new varieties. NDSU released the first black bean, Eclipse, from its breeding program, which is funded in part by checkoff funds from Northarvest dry bean producers. (See Northarvest Bean Grower, November 2005, page 4)

Now, USDA has released a small red line and a pinto line. The pinto germplasm is resistant to anthracnose. It is going to breeders who can use it to try to develop resistance in commercial lines.  

MSU recently announced the release of Redcoat, a white red kidney bean with white splotches.  Known as a soldier bean for its coloring, MSU plant breeders say Redcoat could be the beginning of new market -- a soldier bean that tastes like a modern kidney bean.


Can beans help bring rain?

File this under bean folklore: Native Americans used to partially fill hollowed out gourds with dry beans to use as musical instruments in ceremonial dances, including rain dances. Kids in Center Harbor, N.H., recently revived the practice and made rain sticks by decorating cardboard tubes with colors and feathers and by filling them with dry beans.


Spill the beans. Send your bean-related news to Talking Beans, Northarvest Bean Grower, 6258 90th Ave. N., Glyndon, MN 56547 or email





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