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International Dry Bean and Pulse Research Meetings to Be Held in Fargo

Dry bean and pulse researchers from North Dakota State University and the USDA-ARS Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center in Fargo are hosting the 2019 Bean Improvement Cooperative and North American Pulse Improvement Association biennial meetings back-to-back in Fargo in November.

July 31, 2019

Dry bean and pulse researchers from North Dakota State University and the USDA-ARS Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center (ETSARC) in Fargo are hosting the 2019 Bean Improvement Cooperative (BIC) and North American Pulse Improvement Association (NAPIA) biennial meetings back-to-back at the Radisson Hotel in Fargo in November. The BIC meeting will be November 3-6 and the NAPIA meeting will be November 6-8.

NDSU dry bean breeder Juan Osorno, dry bean geneticist Phil McClean, pulse and lentil crops pathologist Julie Pasche, pulse breeder Nonoy Bandillo, and USDA-ARS ETSARC Center Director Mike Grusak comprise the local organizing committee. Event planning company, Reach Partners Inc., of Fargo, ND, is assisting the organizing committee to deliver the meeting. 

The BIC attracts academic and industry researchers from all continents, who exchange information and materials to improve dry bean production across all crop production areas worldwide. It was established in 1957 and now has more than 200 members.

The NAPIA was established in 1956 as the National Pea Improvement Association. In 1999, it changed its name and broadened its work to include legumes. It includes about 50 members from academia, industry and government in the U.S. and Canada.

Both meetings will include oral and poster presentations by faculty and graduate students, a banquet or luncheon, awards ceremonies, organizational business meetings, social and networking events, and optional tours of NDSU research facilities and local Fargo food production industries. In addition, the W-3150 multi-state project, the Phaseolus Genetics committee, and the Phaseolus Crop Germplasm Committee will also meet on November 6. Other groups and private organizations take advantage of having many of their team members together to meet as well.

The BIC/NAPIA biennial meetings were last held in Fargo in 2001 and the 2017 meetings were held in East Lansing, Michigan. Osorno says, “We are honored to invite our international colleagues to Fargo for these important meetings and plan to showcase all the good research on pulses and beans we do here in the region”.

For information on the 2019 BIC/NAPIA meeting and to register, click here: https://www.bic-napia.org/.

Author: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,
Editors: Juan Osorno,701-231-8145, ; Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,

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