Syngenta is investing in the future of agriculturally focused college students interested in taking a lead in sugarbeets. For the third year, Syngenta has awarded scholarships through the annual Syngenta Sugarbeet Scholarship program. The 2012 winners are Stephanie George of Moxee, Wash.; Connor Cook of Baker, Minn.; Aleighica Keeran of Torrington, Wyo., and Matthew Singer of Vassar, Mich.
Each applicant answered an essay question about what has had the biggest impact on the sugarbeet industry and their vision for future improvements. Applications were evaluated for creativity, flow and professional appeal. The winners were chosen out of 42 applicants, all with an involvement in 4-H or the National FFA Organization (formerly Future Farmers of America).
One scholarship recipient summarized her thoughts on the future of sugarbeets when she wrote, “By continuing research, selecting for improved characteristics and implementing more efficient farming practices, I believe that the sugarbeet industry will successfully meet the demands of consumers in the years to come.”
Sugarbeet scholarship opportunities for 2013 will be announced by Syngenta at the American Sugarbeet Growers Association meeting in San Diego, Calif., in February.
Minn-Dak Building $70.3 Million Molasses Desugarization Facility
Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative began construction this fall on a $70.3 million molasses desugarization add-on to its sugarbeet factory at Wahpeton, N.D. Construction of the facility, which was formally approved by the co-op’s board of directors in late August, is expected to be finished within two years.
Minn-Dak shareholders will contribute approximately $24 million toward the project through the 2014 crop campaign. Sales tax exemptions were approved by Richland County and the State of North Dakota. About 20 full-time positions will be created by the addition of the desugarization and load-out facility.
37th ASSBT Biennial Meeting Scheduled for Feb. 27-March 2
The American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists will celebrate the 75th anniversary of its founding during the organization’s 37th biennial meeting, to be held on February 27-March 2, 2013. The meeting takes place at the Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, Calif.
The event begins on the 27th with registration, poster setup and the evening President’s Reception. A general session is held on the morning of the 28th, followed by agricultural and operations technical sessions that afternoon and throughout the next two days. The 2013 ASSBT meeting concludes with the traditional awards banquet on the evening of March 2.
Complete meeting information can be found on the ASSBT’s website — www.bsdf-assbt.org.
2013 International Sugarbeet Institute March 13-14 in Fargo
The 51st edition of the International Sugarbeet Institute will be held March 13 and 14, 2013, at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. The ISBI is North America’s largest sugarbeet industry trade show. The 2012 event in Grand Forks, N.D., showcased about 125 exhibitors and drew more than 2,300 visitors.
Featured speakers at the 2013 ISBI will be Luther Markwart, executive vice president of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association, on the 13th; and Howard Dahl, president of Amity Technology, on the 14th.
Any companies desiring exhibiting information for the 2013 International Sugarbeet Institute can contact exhibits coordinator Bob Cournia at (218) 281-4681. Other ISBI-related questions should be directed to Dr. Mohamed Khan, organizing committee chairman, at (701) 231-8596.
Louisiana-Based AUM Now Known as Crompion International
Baton Rouge, La.-based specialty stainless steel producer American Utility Metals (AUM), LLC has changed its name to Crompion International, LLC. The name change and rebranding come as the company works to expand its global presence and reinforce its focus on creating solutions through new services and additional metallurgists on staff, notes President George Shaffer.
Since 2000, AUM has supplied and distributed Cromgard, a high-performance, low-nickel stainless steel to a loyal base of worldwide customers in a broad range of industries — including the sugarcane and sugarbeet sectors. During that time, it has evolved into a company that goes beyond a single grade of stainless steel offerings to provide solutions to customers’ needs and now reflects this evolution in its transformation into Crompion International.
Three Beet Communities
Betaseed sponsored, organized and participated in three Progressive Agriculture Safety Day events in September. This is the third year that Betaseed has been involved with the Progressive Agriculture Foundation. The first event was held in Wahpeton, N.D., in 2010 and since has expanded to Argyle, Minn., in 2011, and Mitchell, Neb., in 2012. In 2012, more than 400 third, fourth and fifth graders in these communities received safety training and education on several topics, including fire safety, bike safety, drug awareness, seatbelt safety, PTO safety and grain handling safety.
Betaseed plans to continue to partner with the Progressive Safety Day Foundation and sponsor these events in areas where sugarbeets are grown. Betaseed employees Rene Scheurer, Cody Lehman, John Dillman, Jason Evenson and Duane Bernhardson are trained coordinators and are in the planning stages of organizing additional Progressive Agriculture Safety Days for 2013. The mission of the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day Foundation is to provide education and training to make farm, ranch and rural life safer and healthier for children and their communities.
Sidney Sugars decided to have a little fun during this fall’s harvest, so the ag staff sponsored its first “Big Beet Contest.” This year’s winner was John Asbeck of the Sugar Valley station (Fairview, N.D.), who brought in this one weighing 34 lbs, 8 oz. Shown with it in this photo are Sidney Sugars agriculturists Todd Erickson (left) and Duane Peters. (No word on its sugar content.)