Press Release – US Dry Bean Council Celebrates U.S., Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA)

October 2, 2018

Portland, OR Today the US Dry Bean Council (USDBC) is celebrating the successful tripartite agreement reached between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada that replaces NAFTA with the USMCA. Previously, USDBC thanked the administration for its work on achieving a trade deal with Mexico but noted concern that Canada was not part of this deal. “This […]

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USDBC Continues to Cultivate Brazilian Bean Market at Annual Forum

September 19, 2018

USDBC collaborated with SENAI, a well regarded Brazilian national service institute on a presentation on dry bean consumption and trends at the rescheduled Brazilian Bean Forum (Foro Feijao), held August 15 – 17 in Curitiba. As part of the presentation, USDBC organized the preparation and tasting of pizzas made with Navy Bean Powder and three different types […]

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Mexican Bean Planting Wraps Up, Lower Production Expected

September 19, 2018

Lack of rain during the month of July resulted in incomplete planting of total programmed bean acres with plant stress noted in Chihuahua, Durango, San Luis Potosi, and Zacatecas. We estimate that only 79% of the government’s (SAGARPA) planting was completed.   We also estimate that total spring summer bean cycle production will be around 255,000 […]

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USDBC Celebrates Another Successful Reverse Trade Mission

September 19, 2018

We recently hosted over 20 buyers from ten different countries as part of our annual reverse trade mission connecting global buyers and with the U.S. dry bean industry. This year’s mission kicked off in Minneapolis with a visit to Faribault Foods Inc. Participants then moved on to visit harvest sites, elevators, and participate in briefings […]

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USDA Kicks Off Trade Mitigation Program To Ease Impact of Tariffs

September 19, 2018

Earlier this month USDA officially opened its three part trade mitigation program designed to ease the impact of the current trade disputes. The U.S. dry bean industry has felt the impact of retaliation in response to U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum, particularly from the European Union. The mitigation program includes: Market Facilitation Program (MFP) […]

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China Moves to Produce for Domestic Consumption

September 19, 2018

A report just in from USDBC’s on the ground consultant in China, suggests that increasingly, China is moving toward a policy of producing the foods they consume and encouraging domestic consumption of locally produced dry beans. Additionally there are government incentives to increase soy plantings which is resulting in a decrease of dry bean acreage. […]

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US Dry Bean Council Expresses Strong Support for recent Trade Actions

August 29, 2018

For Immediate Release Portland, OR The US Dry Bean Council (USDBC) welcomes the news that the U.S, and Mexico have reached an agreement in principal on NAFTA 2.0. Mexico is the top single nation export market for U.S. dry beans and a critical partner in trade. Deon Maasjo of Kelley Bean Company in Oakes, North […]

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Dry Weather in Mexico May Affect Bean Crop

August 21, 2018

The planting season has ended for the Spring-Summer cycle and our early projections from the field suggest that close to 30% of the beans have not been planted in the most important bean states of Zacatecas, Durango, Chihuahua and San Luis Potosí. As of this writing, all of these states continue to suffer from the […]

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Drought Hits Central America, Reduces Yields Opens Opportunities For US Dry Bean Imports

August 21, 2018

Central American countries planted their Primera (first harvest) crops April through June under favorable moisture conditions. In late June, however, drought conditions and high temperatures set in, resulting in significant crop losses in several countries. According to our Americas Representative, the northern triangle of Central America (Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador) is seeing reduced yields […]

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