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Dry Edible Beans


dry edible beans

Dry edible beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) are grown in more than 30 states with commercial-scale production in 18 states. North Dakota again ranked as the top producer of dry beans in 2010. Michigan, Nebraska, Minnesota and Idaho rounded out the top five states.  (NASS 2011).

U.S. production of dry beans totaled 31.8 million cwt in 2010 (NASS 2011). Although one of the world's leading dry bean exporters, the United States is also increasing its import of certain dry beans.  September 2011 ... Dry Edible Beans


  • Common Bean: The Nearly Perfect Food, Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT), Colombia - Explains why common beans are the world’s most important food legume.
  • Dry Beans, Economic Research Service (ERS), USDA.
  • Dry Edible Beans, Vegetables and Melons Outlook, ERS, USDA, 2009. 
  • Economic Issues with Dry Edible Beans, Kansas State University, 2002.
  • Factors Affecting Dry Bean Consumption in the United States, ERS, USDA, 2000 - This report examines the consumption distribution of dry beans, using a USDA food-intake survey. The southern and western areas of the United States use the most dry beans. People of Hispanic origin, 11 percent of the U.S. population, consume one-third of all dry beans.
  • Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS), Foreign Ag Service, USDA, 2010.
  • Nebraska Dry Bean Commission - The Commission’s primary function is to adopt and devise a dry bean program consisting of research, education, advertising, publicity and promotion to increase total consumption of dry beans on a state, national and international basis.
  • Northarvest Bean Growers Association - Association of dry bean growers from the upper Midwest. Site includes grower information, bean dealers and consumer information.
  • U.S. Dry Bean Council - A private trade association in the United States that represents growers and shippers of U.S. edible dry beans.


Businesses/Case Studies

Links checked November 2013.

Related Links

Azuki Beans


Dry Edible Beans, Field Crops: 2007 and 2002, 2007 Census of Agriculture - State Data, National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA, 2009.


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