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Crop Outlook and International Durum Forum ... Nov. 13 ... Minot, ND

Date Posted: November 12, 2012

The annual Crop Outlook and International Durum Forum will be held on Tuesday, November 13 in Minot at the Holiday Inn.

The program is a cooperative effort of the North Dakota Wheat Commission and U.S. Durum Growers Association and is designed to provide producers with valuable information on production research, demand trends and supply competition to help guide them in their marketing decisions with the current crop and planting options in 2013.

It also provides a great opportunity for producers to visit with industry representatives and other end-users who will be in attendance to get the latest information on the overall quality and availability of the 2012 crop.

The meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m. and conclude by late afternoon.

Featured speakers include Dwayne Lee with CHS, who will discuss changes to the Canadian grain marketing and logistics situation after the dismissmal of the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly and Frayne Olson, NDSU Extension Economist who will provide a market outlook for the 2013 crop year. 2013 wheat variety choices will be discussed and a panel focusing on hard red winter wheat marketing and management issues will conclude the morning program. North Dakota Wheat Commission staff will highlight the quality and supply situation for this year's crop.

The afternoon portion of the program, sponsored by the U.S. Durum Growers Association (USDGA) will feature Leon Osborne with the Regional Weather Information Center who will give a weather outlook presentation and NDSU durum breeder Elias Elias who will give the latest information on durum variety trends.

The afternoon session will also include a durum industry panel consisting of durum producers, milling and pasta companies, and marketing and logistics representatives addressing the challenges and opportunities facing the durum industry.

The afternoon program will close with the USDGA annual meeting.

A highlight of the event will be John Phipps, host of the U.S. Farm Report who will be the luncheon speaker and moderator of the afternoon durum panel.

The event is free of charge and lunch is provided, but pre-registration is required by November 9.

To register, contact the North Dakota Wheat Commission at 701-328-5111 or

To view the complete agenda, click here.

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