Did you know 2016 was the International Year of Pulses (IYP)? North Dakota has a significant role in the Northern Plains Region, which accounts for more than 80% of the nation’s pulse production. Forecasts show a 35% increase in 2017 for pulse production, which is great news for North Dakota farmers. Pulse demands continue to grow for various reasons, some of these include: pet food changes, nutrition demands, health trends, to accommodate population growth overseas, and more
The Northern Pulse Growers Association (NPGA) held the 2017 Annual Convention in Minot, Jan. 23-24. This annual event built off the momentum from record-breaking attendance at Montana Pulse Day, held in Dec. MADC was a silver sponsor for the event and promoted the Minot area, in search of value-added ag businesses looking to expand in the Minot area. The 2017 Annual Convention featured many industry experts, including MADC’s anchor tenant at the Ag Park- AGT Foods. Eric Bartsch, General Manager of AGT Foods, shared how AGT just completed another $20 million expansion at the Minot plant, which consisted of adding a fourth production line.
The event also highlighted exciting milestones for the International Year of Pulses. The USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council (USADPLC) launched a campaign in 2016 to increase pulse consumption in the U.S. As a result of the campaign, 75% of people increased their consumption of pulses after taking a Pulse Pledge. The campaign also generated 3.44 billion social media impressions, greatly surpassing their goal of 500 million impressions.