WATNE: Vote for family farms on Nov. 6

Being a citizen of the United States comes with a certain amount of responsibility. We are the government, not some separate entity that we blame for things. Each of us has a responsibility to participate in our democracy so our elected officials, who determine the...

WATNE: Farmers need increased demand

I am writing this message from Washington, D.C., while on the NFU fly-in. I hope as you read this that we have a farm bill that is passed or nearly passed, as it is essential when we face ridiculously low commodity prices. I also hope that we have solved the trade...

WATNE: Farmers need to speak out

Harvest is coming with mixed messages this year. The crop looks good and yield expectations are satisfying. One would expect that farmers and ranchers would be happy.  But we are in the midst of storms that are beyond the control of family farmers and ranchers. Storms...

WATNE: Tariffs impacting family farms

We have entered a new era of trade dialogue. In fact, the tremendous amount of irony surrounding the trade debate (war) is so confusing, it is hard to understand the reality.   We have organizations that supported trade, at all costs, as the only solution to create...

WATNE: Funding for ag research in decline

Our state appears to be poised for some great growth again. Our energy industry, specifically crude oil, is seeing some large investments. Even the state has found value in using public dollars to help promote and develop this industry.  There was an announcement in...