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Dry Bean Day gathers industry experts from across the region

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Dry beans are the hot-topic in Gering today as industry experts from across the region gather for Nebraska's annual 'Dry Bean Day'.
 
"The dry bean industry is a really important part of Nebraska agriculture," says University of Nebrasla-Lincoln Extension Dean and Director Chuck Hibberd.
 
Each year the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association hosts the expo to deliver news to producers, updates on research, and advice for the upcoming growing season.
 
"[There's] almost $90 million a year in gross revenue for dry bean producers in Nebraska," says Hibberd.  "We want to protect and grow that industry."
 
Today researchers and producers discuss new findings including the benefits surrounding fertility practices and share growing tips like proper herbicide application.
 
Researchers are also talking about the future of Nebraska's dry bean industry and ways to strengthen the business for future generations.
 
Colorado State University Plant Pathologist Dr. Howard Schwartz believes 'regional collaboration' will help Nebraska compete with other leading bean producers like North Dakota and Minnesota.
 
"By teaming-up with other states in the West, we can be very competitive with those states, which will be a great benefit for our growers and dealers and well as the universities," says Schwartz.
 
"The industry really drives the kind-of research and extension work that we do," says Dr. Hibberd. "So the growers and producers identify priority issues, we do research on those and then we extend that research info through our extension network."
 
Hibberd says Nebraska's annual Dry Bean Day demonstrates and celebrates the collaboration between ag. researchers and bean industry producers.

The all-day event featured presentations from more than a dozen dry-bean producers and specialists from Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, and Idaho.

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