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Sunflower Briefs
December 2010

Dahlgren Purchased by SunOpta

The owners of Dahlgren & Company announced recently that the company has been purchased by SunOpta Inc. Dahlgren & Company is an integrated confection sunflower company headquartered in Crookston, Minn., with satellite locations in both North and South Dakota. Dahlgren, which was established in 1955, currently has about 150 employees at its four locations.

SunOpta is a Canadian-based firm with confection sunflower processing locations in Breckenridge, Minn., and Goodland, Kan. SunOpta is a global company focusing on natural, organic and specialty foods and natural health products, from seed to packaged products.

NSA Research Forum Is January 12-13

The annual National Sunflower Research Forum is scheduled for January 12 and 13 at the Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo N.D. The Forum format includes the presentation of research reports from a broad spectrum of public and private researchers from around the U.S. and Canada. Papers are grouped into diseases, insects, weeds and production.

The 2011 Forum is open to all who are interested in sunflower production. It is not restricted to researchers only. The NSA has allocated increasing amounts of funding for production research areas, from fungicide trials to doubled haploid genetics. Registration information is available on the NSA website: Certified Crop Advisors can obtain education credits.

Sclerotinia Initiative Meets January 19-21

The 9th annual National Sclerotinia Initiative will be held January 19-21 at the Holiday Inn Select, Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. The Sclerotinia Initiative is a USDA-ARS-funded program dedicated to research solutions to Sclerotinia in sunflower, canola, peas and lentils, edible beans and soybeans. This multi-crop and multi-state approach has brought together a dedicated group of researchers who have made good progress over the life of the Initiative. Projects are being conducted in numerous locations, with a strong emphasis on genetic resistance. The January meeting is open to all persons interested in the disease, including hybrid seed and crop protection companies. There is no registration fee, but registration is requested and can be completed at:

NSA Gold Award Nominations Sought

The National Sunflower Association is accepting nominations for the NSA Gold Award. This award is presented to individuals who have contributed extraordinarily to the overall sunflower industry, either through their occupation or through the National Sunflower Association. Persons having received the award can be found on the NSA website. Past winners have come from a wide array of backgrounds, including farming, industry, research, extension and politics. This is the highest award that the NSA presents to individuals.

The closing date for letters of nomination for the 2011 award is February 15, 2011. The letter should state the personís contributions to the overall industry and provide specific examples. More than one letter per nomination is desirable. Letters of nomination should be sent to: The President, National Sunflower Assn., 2401 46th Ave. S.E., Suite 206, Mandan ND 58554-4829.

Winfield Solutions Agricultural Scholarship

Winfield Solutions, LLC is offering $1,000 scholarships to 10 high school seniors and 10 first- or second-year college students who are pursing degrees in agronomy, crop production or a closely related field. The program, called Careers in Agriculture Scholarship Program, has been offering scholarships for 21 years and has awarded more than $500,000 over that time period. Applications are available at

2009/10 Market Year Sunflower Crush

A total of of 779,649 metric tons of seed was processed into oil and meal in the 2009/10 year that ended on September 30. This compares to 697,343 metric tons the previous year. About 325,000 metric tons of sunflower oil were produced, of which 30% was exported and 70% was used domestically. That is a dramatic change from 10 years ago, when up to 80% of U.S. sun oil was exported. Canada continues to be the largest importer of U.S. sunflower oil, although the volume of its imports declined considerably from the record set during the 2008/09 market year.

NSA-Supported NDSU Grad Student Earns Award

Andrew Friskop, a National Sunflower Association-supported doctoral student at North Dakota State University, received second place in an oral research presentation competition at the annual Midwest regional meeting of the American Phytopatho-logical Society. Friskop reported on his fungicide trials to control sunflower rust, including early onset of the disease.

Friskop is part of a sunflower rust research team that includes a postdoctoral scientist and cooperators in Canada, North Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska. This multi-disciplinary group is headed by Sam Markell, NDSU extension plant pathologist, Tom Gulya, USDA-ARS Sunflower Research Unit plant pathologist, and molecular geneticist Lili Qi of the same ARS unit.

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