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DRY BEAN COUNCIL
[Authorized: NDCC Chapter 4 and 4.1]

In 1977 (S. L. 1977, Ch. 53) the Legislature passed the Edible Bean Industry Promotion Act establishing the Edible Bean Council. In 1997 (S. L. 1997, Ch. 63) the name was changed to the Dry Bean Council. Edible beans include black, cranberry, dark red kidney, great northern, light red kidney, navy, pinto, and small red. The Council was created to promote, advertise, research, and develop the edible bean industry in the state.

The state has six dry bean-producing districts (S. L. 2009, Ch. 80), a change from five when the Council was created (S. L. 1977, Ch. 53), with one member of the Council elected from each of the districts. The Commissioner of Agriculture served as an ex-officio member of the Council.   Council members must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of and participating producer in the district the member represents. The term of membership is three years. Should a member cease to meet any of the qualifications the office is considered vacant, and the remaining Council members elect a qualified member from the district. The County Agriculture Extension Agent or Agriculture Commissioner may aid in the selection. An elected Council member may not serve more than three consecutive terms. The chairman, who is elected from within the Council membership, calls the meetings. Three members may petition for a special meeting and the meeting is to be held within seven days of the petition. 

The Council retains and manages an office in the state and determines the use of the profits raised through the assessment and other methods. Funding is generated by a per-hundred-weight check-off fee. Initially in 1977 the check off fee was five cents per-hundred-weight but increased in 1997 to ten cents. Use of profits may include research, educational programs, market development, and participation in programs under the auspices of other state, regional, national, and international commodity councils. The North Dakota and Minnesota Councils subcontract with Northarvest Bean Growers Association to handle lobbying and promotional efforts. 

The North Dakota Dry Bean Council is part of the Agricultural Commodity Council. At the request of the Commissioner of Agriculture, the Legislature amended the Century Code so that the Commissioner or designee became a non-voting member of the Council. Other commodity group members are the Barley Council, Beef Commission, Beekeepers Association, Corn Utilization Council, Dairy Promotion Commission, Dry Pea and Lentil Council, Oilseed Council, Potato Council, and the Soybean Council (S. L. 2009, Ch. 70, Ch. 80).    

CHRONOLOGY

1977       Edible Bean Industry Act is established and the Edible Bean Council is created. Commissioner of Agriculture is ex-officio member (S. L. 1977, Ch. 53).

1979       County Agricultural Extension Agent may be designated to conduct Council elections in the dry bean districts (S. L. 1979, Ch. 96).

1991       Definition of designated edible bean handler changed along with new regulations relating to assessment and penalties (S. L. 1991, Ch. 62).

1997       Assessments changed from five cents to ten cents per-hundred-weight (S. L. 1997, Ch. 63).

1997       Name changed to Dry Bean Council. Council must report progress to Legislature within first ten days of the session.

2009       Districts increased to six and changes made in duties and powers of the board. Dry Bean Council becomes a part of the Agricultural Commodity Council. North Dakota Century Code chapter amended to include other commodity groups. (S. L. 2009, Ch. 70 and Ch. 80).

SERIES

20604  Red River Edible Bean Growers Association. Records.

SOURCES

North Dakota Century Code, Chapter 4 and 4.1.
North Dakota Secretary of State Blue Book.
North Dakota State Legislature Session Laws.

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