Food & Health
Record Numbers Reached at Montana Pulse Day!
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Record numbers reached at MT Pulse Day! Dry pea, lentil and chickpeas producers from across Montana gathered to attend the premier pulse event at the Best Western Heritage Inn in Great Falls, MT. The 2016 MT Pulses Day event was held Tuesday, November 29, 2016 and was hosted by Northern Pulse Growers Association (NPGA). The event drew a record number of attendees despite the weather. With 280 pre-registered attendees, the number grew to another 152 registering at the door, for a record-breaking attendance of 432 registered attendees. “It was awesome.” Said Todd Scholz, USADPLC VP of Research and Membership Services. “This was a superhuman effort on behalf of the entire NPGA staff, and it was a great accomplishment.”
The agenda began with an IYP presentation by Tim McGreevy, CEO USADPLC and Pat Smith, highlighting the accomplishments of the industry over the last year led by the USADPLC. The presentation included handing out groceries to the attendees which were made with pulses or pulse ingredients.
Later in the morning, Brian Hefty of Ag Ph.D. Radio held a prerecorded broadcast on Sirius XM radio discussing soil health and a question and answer period on growing pulse crops in Montana. This broadcast was a highlight of the morning and well-received by the attendees.
After the exhibitor-sponsored lunch, the event continued with a research panel comprised of northern plain crop researchers, discussing a variety of topics from impacts of pulses in rotation, nitrogen credit calculations for following crops and a discussion of disease issues in Montana. Followed by the research panel was a producer panel entitled Pulses 101: Back to Basics. This panel proved to be quite popular with a robust discussion about advantages of growing pulses, mistakes producers have made in the past, equipment needs, variety selections and impacts to the farm, among other issues.
The agenda concluded with and question and answer session with the Montana Pulse Advisory Committee (MPAC) panel. The MPAC is an advisory board that works with the Montana State Department of Agriculture to distribute check-off funds. MPAC is a funding entity for USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council and Northern Pulse Growers Association.
The Northern Pulse Growers Association wishes to thank and acknowledge our Platinum Sponsors for their generous contribution to the regions’ pulse industry: AGT Foods, Dakota Dry Bean, Great Northern Ag, Hinrichs Trading Company, ITC Grain, JM Grain, Legume Matrix, and USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council.
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