From President Mark Watne

North Dakota Farmers Union

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: Be proud of your family farm

No surprise here. USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) recently released an economic bulletin on family farms that shows we account for 99 percent of all farms and generated 89 percent of production in 2015. The farm typology, or classification, developed by ERS...

WATNE: Don’t get caught up in the rhetoric

I think we can all agree that the wild election season is upon us. I am sure that every election cycle has its ups and downs and just when we think it is too long, too outrageous or too harsh, it may surprise us and change for the better or the worse. I think the best...

WATNE: What will it take for action?

Is our government listening? NDFU just finished an NFU fly-in where we had 44 participants. Our members carried the message of low commodity prices, the growing cash flow crisis for farmers, the need to reestablish the Renewable Fuel Standard, the concern with mergers...