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...

WATNE: NDFU promotes ‘fair’ trade

I am going to make a statement that certainly “cannot” be challenged. Trade is extremely complicated and has potential repercussions that impact our whole economy. Furthermore, anyone who believes free trade is possible is only kidding themselves. It is interesting...

WATNE: Please talk, listen or seek help

For those who haven’t farmed or grew up on a farm, it’s hard to explain the impact of farm stress on an individual and family. There are a thousand things to worry about: uncertainty of weather and markets, input costs, yields, livestock, operating loans, etc. Most of...