A nine-person team of bean buyers from Colombia and France visited NCI September 20 to learn more about NCI and its bean activities. NCI Director Mark Weber and Thunyaporn (Naggie) Jeradechachai, NCI Crop Quality Specialist, hosted the team. After an overview of the NCI’s work in beans, Jeradechachai discussed baking applications enhanced with beans. The buyers also visited SRS Commodities in Mayville, N.D., and Central Valley Bean Cooperative at Buxton, N.D., where they observed the quality of the new-crop beans. U.S. Dry Bean Council European representative Johanna Stobbs accompanied the French trade team. They were sponsored by North Central Bean Dealers Association and Northarvest Bean Growers Association.