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...

WATNE: Let’s get to work on farm bill

My message this month is a call to action. The process of getting a farm bill passed is complex and takes some urgency to get completed. We knew it wouldn’t be completed in 2017. But now that we are in 2018, we need to step up the pressure and call our congressional...

WATNE: NDFU hosting economic summit

Thank you to all the members for the great turnout at state convention. We had more than 750 participants, which set a record for recent years. While the warm weather was a contributing factor, I truly believe Farmers Union’s grassroots policy development and action...

WATNE: Ag research vital to industry

The U.S. family farm and ranch model of agriculture production is the greatest in the world and we should positively promote it as such. Other nations study this concept and try to copy it frequently. U.S. consumers and citizens reap the benefits of this system, and...