2012 Dry Edible Bean Day Set for Jan. 10

2012 Dry Edible Bean Day Set for Jan. 10

University of Nebraska dry bean research highlights will be presented; dry bean growers will update their activities.

The 2012 Nebraska Dry Edible Bean Day will feature practical advice for producers, reports on cutting-edge research, and updates on marketing and ag policy. 

Dry Edible Bean Day is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan.10, at the Gering Civic Center.

Registration and the trade show begin at 9 a.m., and the program begins at 9:30 a.m. The event is sponsored by the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association. 

Staff from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the dry bean industry will provide updates on research projects and share advice with growers. In addition, the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association will hold their annual meeting, with business including an association update and election of directors.

An update from the U.S. Dry Bean Council and a report on trade will round out the agenda. At the trade show, attendees can tour booths and displays. 

The tentative schedule: 

9:30 a.m.: Welcome, Jeff Nichols, NDBGA President, and Linda Boeckner, director UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center

9:45 a.m.: UNL research updates: bean Varieties and irrigation, Extension educator Jim Schild; fertilizer price update and iron chlorosis research, Gary Hergert, soil nutrient and management specialist; the Importance of dry beans in cropping system weed management, Bob Wilson, UNL Panhandle weed specialist

10:15 a.m.: NDBGA annual meeting and elections 

10:30 a.m.: Nebraska Dry Bean Commission--25th Anniversary, 10:45 a.m.: John Berge, executive director, National Food and Agricultural Council, Office of USDA Secretary, farm bill and trade. 

11:15 a.m.: Tim Wolfe, irrigation division manager, 21st Century Water Technology: irrigation technology update

Noon: lunch 

12:45 p.m.: Jeanne Wharton, executive director, U.S. Dry Bean Council: U.S. beans in the international scene

1:15 p.m.: UNL research updates: alternative management tactics for pests in dry beans, Jeff Bradshaw, entomologist; Carlos Urrea, dry bean breeding specialist 

1:35 p.m.: Paul Burgener, ag lender, Platte Valley Bank, markets and costs: where are we headed? 

1:55 p.m.: Nebraska legislative update 

2:15 p.m.: Lorre McKeone, Nebraska Water Balance Alliance 
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