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Northarvest Board Elections
January 17, 2006

Elections will be held at Bean Day for Northarvest directors to represent districts 1, 4 and 7.  If you are a dry bean grower interested in the dry bean industry and are a resident of one of these districts, you should consider having your name put on the ballot.  The Northarvest Bean Growers Association is the center of the bean world and serving on its board is both fascinating and rewarding.  Some of the issues we will be involved in 2006 include the challenge of merging our three national organizations, becoming an industry watch dog during the development of the new farm program, supporting the hiring of a full time dry bean plant breeder and plant pathologist, and advancing the nutrition marketing/pharmaceutical/industrial use of the dry bean.

The Northarvest board of directors is comprised of three segments which meet and conduct business in unison.  These segments are the five directors of the North Dakota Dry Bean Council, the five directors of the Minnesota Dry Bean Research and Promotion Council, and the nine directors of the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Terms on the NHB board are for three years, with a limit of three terms.  There are usually four full board meetings a year, scheduled to be of minimal disturbance to most farming operations.  This is in addition to committee meetings which are dependent upon assignment but also minimally invasive.  Compensation for meetings and activities is $65 per day with a mileage/meal/lodging allowance similar to state and federal reimbursement.

Serving on the board not only gives its members unique insight into the dry bean industry, it allows interaction with other directors from across the two states who are some of the best and most innovative bean growers in the Northarvest region.

If you have any questions, or to have your name placed in consideration, please contact Tim Courneya at 218-334-6351 or by email at


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