CHINA PULSE CONFERENCE PRESENTS UPDATED PRODUCTION NUMBERS

September 20, 2019

The China International Pulse Conference in late august presented updated dry bean production estimates with more definitive projections of volume expected at the end of this month following harvest. Production estimates for various types of dry beans are presented below: Both planting and harvest area for black beans has been significantly reduced due to a) […]

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ANNUAL GLOBAL TRADE MISSION VISITS DRY BEAN COUNTRY

September 20, 2019

Our annual reverse trade mission visited with US dry bean growers and dealers in Michigan, North Dakota, and Nebraska from September 7 – 13, 2019. This year’s mission began in Michigan with a tour of field evaluation, receiving and processing facilities and one on one business networking before moving on to Fargo, North Dakota. In Fargo […]

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USDBC in Havana, Cuba to attend Agribusiness Conference

September 20, 2019

The U.S. Agricultural Coalition for Cuba (USACC) together with FocusCuba hosted an agricultural business conference in Havana, Cuba from September 10 – 13, 2019 to discuss future trade prospects. Cuba has a history as a significant market for exports of U.S. agricultural goods, including dry beans, despite the prolonged embargo. However, with very little liquidity […]

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USDBC Presses for Immediate Ratification of USMCA

September 17, 2019

USDBC Presses for Immediate Ratification of USMCA – Read the Letter [PDF] September 13, 2019 Ambassador Robert Lighthizer U.S. Trade Representative 600 17th Street NW Washington, D.C. Dear Mr. Ambassador: I am writing on behalf of the US Dry Bean Council to ask you to find a way forward and ensure ratification of the U.S., […]

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Inaugural “Art of Beans” Workshop Kicks off in Medellin.

August 20, 2019

This year, we are conducting technical workshops in four Colombian cities under the banner, “The art of beans, a superfood that takes you to another level.” The workshops are designed to attract chefs from top restaurants, hotels and culinary schools as well as leading food media influencers. The first two hour workshop was held in […]

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CHINA DRY BEAN PRODUCTION AND EXPORTS CONTINUE TO DECREASE

August 20, 2019

Our on the ground consultant in China has produced the first planting and production report for 2019 indicating that bean planting areas in major Chinese production regions has continued to decline. According to the report, China’s total bean production is expected to be 166,000 MT, a decrease of 23% from 2018. Additionally, Chinese exports of […]

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NDSU STUDY CONFIRMS – EU TARIFFS HURT OUR BUSINESS

August 20, 2019

A USDBC commissioned study from North Dakota State University’s (NDSU) Center for Agricultural Policy & Trade Studies Agribusiness and Applied Economics concluded that EU retaliatory tariffs have put U.S. farmers at a price disadvantage in international markets, resulting in reduced exports and potentially lost export markets in the future.   The study looked at the impact […]

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RAINS BEGIN IN MEXICO BUT IS IT TOO LATE?

August 20, 2019

Over the past few weeks we have been reporting on dry conditions in Mexican dry bean country and offering projections about the potential impact on this years’ production levels. As the lack of rain occurred during a critical time in the planting process, most reporting, combined with the observations of our own agronomist, make it […]

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SUMMER BOARD MEETING COVERS NEW GROUND

July 24, 2019

USDBC’s Summer Board meeting took place July 19 and 20 in Snowmass, CO in conjunction with the US Dry Bean Convention. This year’s meeting included a heavy focus on USDBC’s response to the current trade environment and the downturn in global exports. The Agricultural Affairs and International Promotion Committees (IPC) both discussed and defined several […]

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SECOND TRANCHE OF ATP FUNDING WILL ALLOW FURTHER MARKET EXPANSION

July 24, 2019

USDBC has received a second tranche of global export promotion funding under USDA’s Agricultural Trade Promotion (ATP) program. The second allocation of $615,000 is in addition to the first tranche of $1.4 million. To date, USDBC has received a total of just over $2 million in new ATP funding. Together with our annual allocation of […]

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