The Colorado Dry Bean Administrative Committee mission is to promote the Colorado dry bean industry through research and marketing. The Committee was created in 1988 by the Colorado Department of Agriculture as a market order committee. It has a part-time administrator and is governed by six directors. The directors are comprised of four growers and two dealers who are actively involved in the Colorado bean industry.
The Committee receives an assessment of 12 cents per hundred weight from the sale of beans grown in Colorado. Growers pay 8 cents per cwt and dealers pay 4 cents. The average annual assessments for the Committee range between $50,000 and $75,000. Because of limited funds, the directors have decided to fund three primary activities: Colorado State University bean research, membership in the United States Dry Bean Council(USDBC) and publishing the Colorado Bean News. These three activities typically account for over 80% of the Committee's annual budget.
The Colorado Bean News is our primary means of communicating with Colorado growers and producers. It is published twice a year by Dr. Howard Schwartz and Mark McMillian of Colorado State University. If you would like to subscribe to our newsletter or change your subscription information please use the Contact Us tab.
The USDBC is a nationwide bean association comprised of other state grower/dealer groups as well as private industry members. It represents the U.S. dry bean industry to the U.S. federal government, primarily in the U.S. Congress and at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), promotes U.S. dry beans within the United States and represents the industry on governmental affairs such as U.S. Congressional legislation, the U.S. Farm Bill, and other regulatory issues affecting the bean industry.
The Committee's activities are supervised by the Colorado Department of Agriculture's market order division.
If you would like to serve as an alternate director on the CDBAC, there are openings for one dealer and four grower alternate. Please use the Contact Us tab.
Nora Gonzalez, a Mexico bean expert for the Colorado Department of Agriculture, presented an update of the Mexican bean crop and bean importers in September. Her presentation along with her second 2016 crop status report is available to all Colorado bean dealers and growers. If you would like this report emailed to you, enter your information on the Contact Us tab. Please include your Colorado address in the comments field.
Beginning in October, 2016 Nora will be issuing flash reports on the Mexican market and crops. These will be in the form of emails sent by the CDBAC to interested Colorado bean dealers and growers. If you would like to be on the distribution list for these emails enter your information on the Contact Us tab. Please include your Colorado address in the comments field.
If you would like more information about how the Colorado Department of Agriculture can help with bean exports,please contract Ashley Warsh at: Ashley.Warsh@state.co.us