The 2019 International Sugarbeet Institute Show is March 20-21, 2019 at the Fargodome in Fargo, ND.
FARGO, N.D. – The 2019 International Sugarbeet Institute (ISBI) is fast approaching. Once again, the show will offer free admission and free parking at the Fargodome. The ISBI committee is excited to announce Dr. Dan Colacicco will be speaking both days at 11:00am.
Dr. Colacicco is an economic consultant to the American Sugar Alliance specializing in federal grower support programs. He spent 36 years at USDA, including 20 years providing economic and policy analysis for the Farm Service Agency’s sugar, dairy, and honey programs.
During the last 14 years of his USDA career he was responsible for the administration the domestic sugar program as the Director of the Dairy and Sweetener Analysis Group. He was responsible for the regulations and implementation of the domestic sugar program, which includes the Sugar Loan Program, Sugar Marketing Allotment Program, Sugar Payment in Kind Program, Feedstock Flexibility Program, and the sugar information collection system.
Prior to his commodity work, he was a conservation analyst and helped develop the Conservation Reserve and Wetlands Reserve Programs. His agricultural experience includes picking pineapple on Lanai, Hawaii, where he went to prep school. Dr. Colacicco received a B.S. in Economics and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Maryland. He resides in Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife and any of his five children that need a place to stay.
About the International Sugarbeet Institute:
2019 will mark the 57th annual ISBI show. The International Sugarbeet Institute is held annually in March and is the largest exhibit of sugarbeet equipment and related products and services in the United States.
The show began in 1963 in Crookston, Minn., as the specialized event and seminar of everything about sugarbeet production. It was specifically held during the winter for the Red River Valley and later became the two-day trade show and educational institute for all growers internationally. It became international in 1980, when Manitoba growers joined the force.
The event is held in Fargo and Grand Forks, N.D. on alternating years and features national agricultural leaders, legislators and sugar specialists. The show is filled with all things sugarbeet related. Those attending are met with interesting and entertaining displays, exhibits and trade-show personnel. The special speakers discuss subjects most interesting to the industry of the day.
Advancements in equipment and production methods have become consistently bigger and more sophisticated through the years. Millions of dollars’ worth of equipment will be on display for growers to inspect.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--Concerns for farmers ahead of this beet season.
With beet planting season just around the corner, growers tell us they're concerned about the lack of precipitation this winter and commodity prices.
On Wednesday, at the Alerus Center, the chairman of the institute said sugar prices have not changed much since the 1980s, meaning farmers have had to increase their efficiency and keep producing bigger crops in order to keep themselves afloat.
“Our efficiency has increased, so rather than planting, let's say 700 thousand acres in this area, here, 20 years ago, we are now only doing maybe 500 thousand acres to get less and getting the same even more sugar than 20 years ago. So it's all called 'efficiency,' or improving efficiency,” said Chairman, Mohamed Khan.
Planting, ideally, would start within the next month.
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