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NPGA Convention begins: Do you want to learn more about pulse crops?

MINOT, N.D. -- Ten years ago I knew nothing about lentils and chickpeas, two of the most popular pulse crops. We didn't raise them on my North Dakota family farm, I hadn't covered them as an ag journalist (so few farmers raised them), and I seldo...

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MINOT, N.D. - Ten years ago I knew nothing about lentils and chickpeas, two of the most popular pulse crops. We didn’t raise them on my North Dakota family farm, I hadn’t covered them as an ag journalist (so few farmers raised them), and I seldom, if ever, ate them.

Well, times have changed. Pulse crops are increasingly common in the Upper Midwest, especially in western North Dakota and eastern Montana, and with consumers. Though I’m certainly no expert on pulses, I’ve learned a fair amount about them in recent years.

I’ll be learning more today and Tuesday at the annual Northern Pulse Growers convention here in Minot, N.D. Look for an online story Monday evening on the Agweek web site, and print stories in future editions of the magazine.

Oh, one of the things I’ve learned about pulses: they’re definitely good to eat.

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