Bean Briefs
March 30, 2009

Kennelly Elected Director; Juliuson and Sorenson Re-Elected  -- In district director elections announced at 2009 Bean Day, Alan Juliuson, Hope ND was re-elected to represent District 4 and Todd Sorenson, Fisher, MN was re-elected to represent District 7. Tom Kennelly, Grafton, ND is the new director for District 1. Kennelly resides in Walsh County and grows pink, navy, pintos, wheat and sugarbeets. He replaces Mark Myrdal of Edinburg, ND. Terms on the NHB board are for three years, with a limit of three terms.

2009 North Dakota Field Crop Insect Management Guide -- Janet J. Knodel, Extension Entomologist, in cooperation with Patrick Beauzay, Mark Boetel and Denise Markle, Department of Entomology, North Dakota State University, have released the 2009 edition of the North Dakota Insect Management Guide. This report details Insecticide Control Recommendations, Insecticide Seed Treatments, Toxicity of Insecticides and more. Go to for the full report.

U.S. Dry Bean Convention Date Set -- Plan on attending the 2009 U.S. Dry Bean Convention, which will be held July 25 -28th, 2009 at the Keystone Resort & Conference Center in Keystone, Colorado.  Register before May 31, 2009 to receive a discount on registration and special room rates. Go to the USDBC Convention website for more information at

Dry Edible Bean Research and Promotion Council Reaffirms Check-off -- The Minnesota Dry Edible Bean Research and Promotion Council reaffirmed its check-off amount in voting late last fall.  Voting was held November 10 - 25, 2008 and members approved the referendum reaffirming of the present 10 cents per hundred weight check-off amount. 

Check-off dollars fund ongoing domestic and international dry bean marketing programs.  In addition, the Minnesota Dry Bean Research and Promotion Council provides grants to researchers conducting scientific studies directly related to dry bean production.  Most recently, the Council has put check-off dollars to work with the formation of a Dry Bean Health Research Program.  The program will provide grant funding for research connecting dry beans and human health.

Magical Veggie Challenge Winner -- Bush Brothers have announced the winner of their Magical Veggie Challenge. Beans, A Veggie was written, recorded and performed by Kyle and David. Go to and click on Video Gallery to see the winning entry.  Their unique video was inspired by the 80s hip hop movement. They took home $5,000 and won a trip to New York City. The concept of the Magical Veggie Challenge was to promote beans as the vegetable with more.

Changes to U.S. Trade Policy with Cuba? -- There has been speculation that President Obama may lift a long-standing trade embargo with Cuba, and if trade were to normalize, the U.S. has the potential to dominate this market, according to the United States Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service. The current embargo limits American firms from conducting business with Cuba, although a relaxation of this was agreed to in 2000, allowing the sale of agricultural goods. Cuba has also consistently ranked among the top ten export markets for U.S. soybean oil, dry peas, lentils, dry beans, rice, powdered milk, and poultry meat.

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture is organizing a trade mission to Cuba to coincide with the International Trade Fair in Havana, Nov. 2-7, 2009.

Invasive Plant Field Guide -- The Midwest Invasive Plant Network has created a field guide to assist with identification of common invasive plants found in the Midwest. The guide contains pictures, descriptions of plant habit, leaves, flowers, fruits, and roots as well as ecological threats for each species.
If anyone would like to order copies, contact Mark Renz, Extension Weed Scientist at or 608 263-7437.  The cost is $6.00 per book (MIPN members receive one free of charge). Quantity discounts available.

Dry Beans Inhibit Development of Mammary Cancer -- To address whether dry bean consumption is associated with a reduction in mammary cancer, scientists at Colorado State University studied the anticancer activity of six market classes of bean including; small red, great northern, navy, black, dark red and white kidney bean in the diet of laboratory animals. They also evaluated whether the level of antioxidants or seed coat pigments in the bean were related to mammary cancer.

The study was funded by a grant from the beans for Health Alliance, and the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station with assistance from Archer Daniels Midland Co. and Bush Brothers Inc. Results from the study were published in the January-February 2009 issue of the Journal Crop Science.
Research is ongoing at Colorado State University to investigate the mechanisms and molecules that contribute to the anticancer properties of dry beans. Clinical trials are also underway to determine if bean in the diet of humans are associated with biomarkers for cancer incidence.

Bean Day Door Prize Winner -- David Bjorge, Buxton ND, was the winner of this years Bean Day door prize  a $300 American Express gift card sponsored by Ag Country Farm Credit Services. Justin Grinde of Ag Country Farm Credit Services was on hand to present the gift card to Bjorge.




Northarvest Bean Growers Association | 50072 East Lake Seven Road | Frazee, MN 56544
Ph: 218-334-6351 | Fax: 218-334-6360 | Email: