Northern Crops Institute Hosts Resiliency Expert Dennis Hoiberg

As a partner, parent or community member, daily life in the agricultural community can be challenging. At the same time, we are faced with trade wars, late harvest and challenging financial situations. Such circumstances can be highly stressful and create weariness. To help navigate these trying times, the Northern Crops Institute (NCI) is pleased to host Dennis Hoiberg.

 Dennis Hoiberg, Lessons Learnt Consulting

Dennis Hoiberg, Lessons Learnt Consulting

Dennis is an expert in resiliency, stress management and dealing with change in rural and farm economies. Dennis has over thirty years working in rural environments in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, places that are no strangers to extreme weather, market and financial risks.

“The farm economy in this region today is undergoing a tremendous amount of change and that change creates stress,” Mark Jirik, Northern Crops Institute Director states. “Dennis’ message of resiliency and ‘bouncing forward’ in trying times is one that is needed in this region today.”

Dennis’ main area of expertise and interest is helping people thrive through change by applying his lessons and experience in a practical and pragmatic style – one of his main acknowledged strengths.  Dennis’ unique insight into human psychology provides his listeners with highly effective strategies and tools to bounce forward and thrive through change at a personal, team, organizational and community level.

“The real message isn’t about dealing with the big stresses, but more about how you live your daily life during the challenges that tend to worsen through major strife’s,” states Hoiberg. “Resiliency is about how you live your life on a day to day basis.”

In addition to spending time at NCI and the North Dakota State University campus, Hoiberg will be speaking at numerous events throughout the region including Riverland Community College and Minnesota Farm Bureau (Austin and Rochester, MN), the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (Minneapolis, MN), the University of Minnesota Exetension (Sauk Centre, MN), the Resiliency for Ag Teachers Seminar (Fargo, ND) and end with the Prairie Grains Conference and Banquet on December 12th and 13th in Grand Forks, ND. A full list of events can be found below.

Hoiberg’s visit is sponsored by AgCountry Financial Services, Minnesota Corn, Minnesota Wheat, and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

To learn more about Dennis Hoiberg, visit: http://lessonslearntconsulting.com/about-us/.

Dennis Hoiberg Speaking Events:

Resilience in the Face of Change

December 3, 2018 3:00PM
Riverland Community College - Austin West Building
Room A237/240
1900 8th Avenue NW
Austin, MN 55912 

Resilience in the Face of Change

December 3, 2018 7:00PM
Riverland Community College - Austin West Building
Room A237/240
1900 8th Avenue NW
Austin, MN 55912

Resilience in the Face of Change

December 4, 2018 10:00AM
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Minnesota Farmers Union Conference Room
305 Roselawn Avenue East
Saint Paul, MN 55117

Resilience in the Face of Change

December 4, 2018 7:00PM
Riverland Community College - Heintz Center
Room HB 117
1926 College View Road E
Rochester, MN 55904

Farming in Tough Times

December 7, 2018 10:00AM
University of Minnesota Extension
ElmerZ Restaurant and Event Center
1225 Timberlane Drive
Sauk Centre, MN 56378

 Bouncing Forward

December 8, 2018 10:00AM
Resiliency for Ag Teachers
Northern Crops Institute – NDSU
1240 Bolley Drive
Fargo, ND 58102

Resilience…The Art and Science of Bouncing Forward Through Change

December 12, 2018 5:30PM
Prairie Grains Conference Banquet
Alerus Center
1200 S 42nd St
Grand Forks, ND 58201

Human Resources, Personal Growth & Motivation

December 13, 2018 11:15AM and 2:30PM
Prairie Grains Conference
Alerus Center
1200 S 42nd St
Grand Forks, ND 58201

Northern Crops Institute Hires Brian Sorenson for Program Manager

Northern Crops Institute Hires Brian Sorenson for Program Manager

The Northern Crops Institute (NCI) recently hired Brian Sorenson for program manager. In his new role, Brian will use his background in cereal chemistry, grain milling and grain quality to provide organization and leadership in the development of educational programs to promote northern grown crops to global grain buyers and food processors.

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2018 Pasta Production and Technology Course

On April 17-19, 2018, NCI welcomed participants attending the Pasta Production and Technology Course. We had a near record number of participants for this course at 32! Countries represented were Canada, Ecuador and U.S.

Former Governor George Sinner, First Chairperson of the Northern Crops Council

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Northern Crops Institute's staff, Northern Crops Council and Northern Crops Institute Advisory Board would like to offer its condolences to former Governor George Sinner's family due to his recent passing. George Sinner was instrumental in creating the Northern Crops Institute and fully believed and promoted its mission, "to support regional agriculture and value added processing by conducting educational and technical programs that expand and maintain domestic and international markets for northern grown crops." During the 20th Anniversary of Northern Crops Institute (2003), George Sinner, who was also the first chairperson, wrote an article for the 20th anniversary celebration book.

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2017 North Dakota Soybean Quality Survey

Please click here to view the 2017 North Dakota Soybean Quality Survey, prepared by Northern Crops Institute's Food Scientist Natsuki Barber. Funding provided by the North Dakota Soybean Council.

North Dakota Soybean Quality Surveys from previous growing seasons can be reviewed by clicking on the year below:

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2015
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2013
2012
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2010
2009
2008

 To view the survey, please click  here .

To view the survey, please click here.

2017 Grain Procurement Management for Importers Course

We welcomed the Grain Procurement Management for Importers Course participants during the weeks of September 11 - 20. There were 26 participants from 14 different countries - Algeria, China, Egypt, Israel, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Nigeria, Panama, Philippines, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands and Tunisia. The eight-day course focused on the mechanics of grain merchandising and was designed to educate individuals who are responsible for purchasing grain.

2017 South Asian Contracting for Wheat Value Workshop

On August 2-4, 2017, NCI welcomed participants attending the South Asia Contracting for Wheat Value Workshop sponsored by U.S. Wheat. There were seven participants from Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines and Singapore. We also welcomed five U.S. Wheat staff members. The participants and staff attendeded classes at NCI and then they traveled to Portland, Oregon for tours at the Wheat Marketing Center and also the Columbia Grain Export Terminal.

Applications of U.S. Pulse Ingredients Course

The Applications of U.S. Pulse Ingredients Course was held July 17-20, 2017. The course was sponsored by the U.S. Dry Pea and Lentil Council and the participants had the opportunity for quite a number of hands-on labs and demonstrations including gluten free pasta processing, pulse snack extrusion and a pulse baking demonstration. Scroll below to view the photo gallery from the course.

The New NCI-INTSOY Course Successfully Promotes Northern Grown Soybeans to International Participants

During the week of June 5-10, 2017, Northern Crops Institute (NCI) hosted international participants sponsored in part by USSEC, WISHH, Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, North Dakota Soybean Council and the South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council.

 Twenty-four participants from 10 different countries participated in the successful 2017 NCI-INTSOY course during June 5-10.

Twenty-four participants from 10 different countries participated in the successful 2017 NCI-INTSOY course during June 5-10.

The participants heard various speakers, watched demonstrations and had the opportunity for hands-on labs in various locations throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. There were a number of tours throughout the tri-state area and there was a visit to soybean producer Kyle Raguse’s farm near Wheaton, Minnesota. NCI staff accompanied the lectures, demonstrations and tours to answer questions from both participants and media.  

The NCI-INTSOY course educated participants on practical processing methods and innovative applications of soybean ingredients in meat, beverage, baking, snacks, traditional soy foods and animal feed products.

 Samuel Adu Ntim, CEO of Yedent Agro Group of Companies Limited (Ghana) was one of 24 participants at the 2017 NCI-INTSOY course.

Samuel Adu Ntim, CEO of Yedent Agro Group of Companies Limited (Ghana) was one of 24 participants at the 2017 NCI-INTSOY course.

According to WISHH, participants praised the NCI-INTSOY course because of the great effort and collaboration to increase knowledge of U.S. Soy and by making crucial introductions to U.S. soybean producers and companies. 2017 NCI-INTSOY participant Samuel Adu Ntim, chief executive officer of Yedent Agro Group of Companies Limited in Ghana, was extremely happy with his experience, “It (NCI-INTSOY) is a phenomenal program that I think a lot of companies and entrepreneurs and a lot of people in emerging markets should try to access. It is an excellent partnership, and we give thanks to WISHH (and other sponsors) for this opportunity,” Adu Ntim said.

NCI Director Mark Weber celebrated the success of the course by thanking speakers, sponsors and staff for, “delivering a top notch soy program that is sure to be the next flagship course for the NCI.” Weber also declared that, “the NCI-INTSOY course truly illustrates why NCI exists and that is to continue to provide quality educational and technical programming to expand international markets for our northern-grown crops.”

Due to the positive feedback from participants, sponsors and staff, the NCI has begun the process of assembling the NCI-INTSOY course programming for 2018. The scheduled date for the 2018 NCI-INTSOY will be Monday, August 27 through Friday, September 1. 

 

 

NCI Update - 2016 July/August Issue

NCI Update - 2016 July/August Issue

To continue our communications efforts in supporting the promotion and market development of crops grown in the four-state region (Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota), we have developed a bi-monthly newsletter that will be sent exclusively by email. In this issue there is information about the INT-SOY course that will be held at NCI in June 2017, an update on the new soymilk and tofu machine, an article about our milling technical services and also a reminder to register for the Utilization of Pulses in Extruded Snack Course. To view the latest issue and to sign up for the next issue go to http://conta.cc/29ytQVg.

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