The International Sugarbeet Institute (ISBI) show returns to the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. on March 22-23 for the 55th running of the annual sugarbeet trade show. The 100,000 square foot exhibit floor of the Fargodome will be packed with nearly 120 companies featuring over $5 million of products and equipment on display.
The International Sugarbeet Institute (ISBI) show returns to the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. on March 22-23 for the 55th running of the annual sugarbeet trade show. The 100,000 square foot exhibit floor of the Fargodome will be packed with nearly 120 companies featuring over $5 million of products and equipment on display. Dr. Robert Fraley, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Monsanto will be Wednesday afternoon’s speaker, beginning at 1:15 p.m. Often recognized as the father of agricultural biotechnology, Fraley developed the first genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the early 1980s as a solution for farmers battling pests and weeds that threatened their yields. He has been with Monsanto for 35 years and currently oversees the company’s global technology division, which includes plant breeding, plant biotechnology, as biologicals, ag microbials, precision agriculture and crop protection. Fraley grew up on a small farm in Illinois. He earned PhD degrees in microbiology and biochemistry from the University of Illinois. His post-doctoral research in biophysics was conducted at the University of California, San Francisco. Matt Henry and John Nowatzki will discuss the use of drones in agriculture during their session at 10:25 a.m. on Thursday. Henry serves as the mission manager at the Northern Plains UAS test site in Grand Forks and Nowatzki is the agricultural machine systems specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at NDSU. Their session, entitled "Know Your Airspace - Rules for Drone Operators and UAS Update, Applications for Agriculture", will cover important rules and regulations enforced by the FFA for the use of drones in agriculture. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. both days of the show. The exhibits are open until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22 and are scheduled to close in the mid-afternoon on Thursday, March 23. The ISBI show is unique in that is it specific to the sugarbeet industry only. With over 3,000 sugarbeet growers and employees of sugar companies, universities, and the USDA participating in the two-day event, both exhibitors and attendees know all parties are interested in improving sugarbeet production. The ISBI committee is comprised of exhibitor representatives, sugar industry media members, sugarbeet specialists from NDSU and the University of Minnesota, American Crystal Sugar Company, Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative, and Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative, and the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association.