From the President
January 17, 2006
This past year has seen many accomplishments, laid the groundwork for future successes and identified areas we as Northarvest members need to be aware of.
The merger process to combine the efforts of the Bean Health Alliance, the American Dry Bean Board, and the U.S. Dry Bean Council is nearing completion. We are excited about the more efficient one roof philosophy and the opportunities this might present. We can be proud of the active role Northarvest Bean Growers Association has taken in putting it all together.
Northarvest is in the process of partnering with a new promotion agency. Our efforts with this agency will focus on ways to promote into domestic as well as worldwide markets.
The upcoming 2007 farm bill could create many challenges even though edible beans are not a program crop per se. As a grower group we will need to stay abreast of upcoming changes and may need to tackle some issues head on.
When the last farm bill was formed the country was in a surplus; the picture has changed now with a deficit environment. Two things the Northarvest legislative committee will be watching for are the federally subsidized multi-crop insurance and the fruits and vegetables provision in the bill. If we dont want the end result to sting, then we will need to get ourselves ready, communicate with lawmakers, and stick together with other grower groups.
I thank each of you for the opportunity to be able to serve on the Northarvest Bean Growers Association Board for the last 9 years, most recently as your President. This will be my last year. As I leave, I encourage each of you to get involved. There are so many exciting opportunities and possibilities for you. For me this has been a wonderful learning arena and the insight into the bean industry has been a life-rewarding experience.