ISSUE #393

393  - Open Communications - Opportunities For Education and Profit


Several opportunities are available to all shareholders to learn more about successful sugarbeet production and your company in January, February and March of 2001. Take advantage of these activities made available by American Crystal, NDSU, and the University of Minnesota.

Soil Conservation Programs Provide Farm Income Opportunity

The Red River Valley landscape is ideal for flooding most springs and whenever heavy rains occur during the growing season like June 19 and 20 of 2000. Most small tributaries of the Red River often flood even worse causing serious losses in crop yield. Conservation buffer initiatives in place at USDA encourage growers to establish permanent vegetative cover along rivers and streams. Farmers can receive signup payments of $100 to $150 per acre for selected practices and additional incentive payments for practice installation. These programs allow enrolment in 10 to 15 year CRP programs without submitting competitive bids. Payments may be more profitable than crop production in frequently flooded fields.

Fargo Meeting
Thursday, January 25, 2001
From 8:00 to 9:00 AM
Prairie Room, Holiday Inn, Fargo
Grand Forks Meeting
Monday, January 29, 2001
8:00 to 9:00 AM
Coranado Room, Ramada Inn, Grand Forks

Sugar PIK Program Informational Meeting Notice 

In the event of a sugar PIK program for the 2001 crop year, American Crystal would like all shareholders to have the best opportunity to participate in the program. We are holding two informational meetings to discuss the basic rules USDA is planning to use if another PIK program becomes a reality. The agenda will also include tips on how to more fully utilize the PIK program and a question and answer session.

East Grand Forks Meeting
Tuesday, January 30, 2001
at 2:00 PM
Eagles Club, East Grand Forks, MN
Fargo Meeting
Wednesday, January 31, 2001
at 9:00 AM
Holiday Inn, Fargo, ND

New Grower Workshop 

A new grower workshop is scheduled for Monday, March 19, 2001, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Corporate Office in Moorhead. Shareholders or growers who produced a crop in 2000 or will in 2001 for the first time are encouraged to attend. Any shareholder or grower who has never attended a new grower workshop may also do so.

Topics to Be Discussed:

  • Field Measuring and Agronomy Gold Standards
  • Freight and Hauling Allowances
  • Quality Beet Payment Systems
  • Factors Affecting Beet Quality
  • The Grower Practices System
  • Harvest and Storage Policies/Procedures
  • Sugarbeet Seed Production
  • Beet Seed and Coded Variety Trials
  • Tours of the Corporate Office, Beet Seed Processing, and Moorhead Sugar Packaging.

Contact your ag office coordinator or agriculturists to signup to attend. Deadline for signup is March 12, 2001.

Prospective Director Education Conference 

As a shareholder, American Crystal Sugar Company would like to offer you a very special educational opportunity.

Whether you want to be a future director or simply a well-informed shareholder, this is an important first step. Join us for a program specifically designed as basic training for prospective directors and an opportunity for interested shareholders to learn more about their cooperative.

In this intense two-day program, you will learn lessons on leadership, cooperative structure, director effectiveness and American Crystal business practices.

The program will begin at noon on March 27, 2001 and conclude with lunch on March 29. As part of the program, you will attend an actual board of directors meeting. Other than the investment of your time and hard work, the program is of no cost to you.

Prospective Director Registration

If you would like to register, send your name, address, and phone number to: Randy Johnson, Director of Human Resources, 101 No. 3rd Street, Moorhead, MN 56560.

NDSU/U of MN Grower Seminars

Do you want to learn how to most economically utilize $350 per ton anhydrous ammonia in 2001? Learn how to reduce phosphorus fertilizer use by $5 per acre or more. Learn how to control resistant kochia and reduce weed control costs in 2001. Understand how to reduce the impact of Aphanomyces root rot and Cercospora leaf spot on profitability of your sugarbeet crop. University specialists will discuss these topics and much more at the annual sugarbeet production seminars.

Fargo Growers Seminar January 25, 2001 Holiday Inn, Fargo, ND
Grand Forks Growers Seminar January 29, 2001 Ramada Inn, Grand Forks, ND
Grafton Growers Seminar February 8, 2001 St. Johns Parish Center, Grafton, ND