2009 International U.S. Dry Bean and Other Specialty Crops Congress
March 30, 2009
A large number of participants turned out for the 2009 International U.S. Dry Bean and other Specialty Crops Congress, which was held February 12-14 in Acapulco Mexico. It was a great opportunity to meet with buyers and sellers of U.S. Dry Beans, Peas, Lentils, Chickpeas / Garbanzos, Sunflower and Popcorn.
The buyers and sellers met during the one-on-one business meetings held throughout the convention. On the table meeting picture from left to right is: Don Streifel, Vice President, Northarvest Bean Growers, Washburn, ND, Antonio Castillo, VP for a major importing company in the Dominican Republic (the Dominican Republic is a big market for pinto beans) Tim Courneya Exec Vice President Northarvest Bean Growers and Mark Streed, Director for Northarvest Bean Growers to the U.S. Dry Bean Council, Milan MN.
International speakers informed the participants on topics such as industry and consumers trends. Jeane Wharton, Executive Director USDBC and Robert S. Green, E.D. Michigan Bean Commission provided an update on the U.S. Dry Bean Crop and Market Outlook for 2008-09.
Buyers came from many different parts of the world. For those attending the sessions, they were given Buyer-Seller-One-on-One meetings, which were held during the Congress to share market information.
Along with the U.S. Dry Bean Council, co-sponsors for the 2009 conference were the USDA, the USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council, the USA Sunflower Association and the USA Popcorn Association.