Mich. Bean & Beet Symposium Takes Place Feb. 21 in Saginaw
The 2012 Michigan Bean & Beet Symposium & Trade Show takes place on Tuesday, February 21, at the Horizons Conference Center in Saginaw.
The event starts at 9:30 a.m. with a welcome and introductions by Steve Poindexter, senior sugarbeet extension educator with Michigan State University. That’s followed by Barry Jacobson, Montana State University plant pathologist, speaking on “Sugarbeet Research on New Seed Treatments and Rhizoctonia Control.” The morning session concludes with James Hoorman, Ohio State University Extension Service, speaking on “The Biology of Soil Compaction.”
The afternoon program is comprised of several dry bean production and marketing presentations. About 90 commercial vendors will be in attendance during the event, which typically attracts about 1,000 participants.
For more information, contact either Steve Poindexter or Melissa Meier of the MSU Saginaw County Extension Office at (989) 758-2500.
29th International Sweetener Symposium Set for Aug. 3-8
The 29th International Sweetener Symposium, hosted by the American Sugar Alliance, is scheduled for August 3-8 at the Coeur d’Alene Golf & Spa Resort in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Preliminary information is available on ASA’s website — www.sugaralliance.org — with more program and registration details becoming available this spring.
Traditionally, about 400 people attend the International Sweetener Symposium to hear about timely issues of significance affecting the sweetener industry, and to interact with industry colleagues. This year’s event is sure to include discussion of the next farm bill, as well as updates on the U.S. and world sweetener markets.
American Crystal Director Dale Kuehl Passes Unexpectedly
The Red River Valley sugarbeet community was saddened by the unexpected death on December 29 of Dale Kuehl, Glyndon, Minn., grower and member of the American Crystal Sugar Company Board of Directors. Kuehl, 54, was serving his second term on the Crystal board. He previously was a director and officer of the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association, and he also served on the International Sugarbeet Institute organizing committee.