North Dakota Farmers Union President
Mark Watne was elected president in November 2013. He serves as president of Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Company and Farmers Union Service Association. His background includes working at the state office as the staff executive director, agricultural strategist and development specialist for 15 years. Watne has served on the NDFU Board of Directors for six years beginning in 1990, including serving as state treasurer. Watne volunteered as a board chairman for the Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives at North Dakota State University and is currently a board member for First Community Credit Union of Jamestown. He is a self-employed farmer in the Velva, N.D., area but resides in Jamestown with his wife, Michelle, and son, Nick. His other son, Eric, just graduated from the University of North Dakota and is employed at Cavendish Farms in Jamestown. Daughter Meghan is a medical student at the University of North Dakota.