WATNE: Follow our ‘Grassroots’ series

You’ve heard me say before that North Dakota Farmers Union is only as strong as our grassroots member involvement. Leadership from the bottom up, rather than the top down, has defined our organization for 90 years. Much like growing a crop, the roots of a plant...

WATNE: There’s a farm crisis, don’t ignore it

In the middle of April, I presented at two conferences; one in Fargo and the other in Brussels, Belgium. The Fargo conference was hosted by the Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies and focused on farm policy and the 2018 Farm Bill. The meeting in Brussels...

WATNE: NDFU inclusive of all family farmers

March is typically the month for the National Farmers Union convention. This is a time when all states send delegates to develop policies that NFU will support in the upcoming year for family farms, ranches, cooperatives and rural communities. Every year, I am amazed...
WATNE: Support fair trade between nations

WATNE: Support fair trade between nations

“To be or not to be” is a quote from Hamlet written by Shakespeare. My message this month is about trade relations or in the words of Shakespeare, “To trade or not to trade.” Looking at last year’s presidential campaign and the first weeks of the Trump administration,...

WATNE: Fair practice rules good for farmers, ranchers

North Dakota Farmers Union and National Farmers Union have always worked hard to ensure equity in contractual arrangements for family farmers. This last December, we had a great win with the release of Farmer Fair Practices Rules, which aim to level the playing field...