From President Mark Watne

North Dakota Farmers Union

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: 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...