NDFU President

Mark Watne

Mark Watne

NDFU President




Mark Watne was elected president of North Dakota Farmers Union in November 2013. In his capacity, he serves as president of Farmers Union Insurances and Farmers Union Service Association, all headquartered in Jamestown.

Mark has a long history of Farmers Union involvement, first as a youth and young producer farming at Velva. In 1990, he was elected to the NDFU State Board of Directors. He served for six years and was also treasurer. In 1996, he began a 15-year-career in Jamestown at the Farmers Union headquarters, first as a development specialist, agricultural strategist and then staff executive director. He has led the development of the organization’s farmer-owned restaurants and other innovative ideas.

As president, he serves on the board of directors for the National Farmers Union, and Farmers Union Enterprises. In 2018, he was appointed to USDA’s Grain Inspection Advisory Committee for the Federal Grain Inspection Service.

Mark has been a board chairman for the Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives, located at North Dakota State University, and is currently a board member for First Community Credit Union.

He continues to farm and resides in Jamestown with his wife, Michelle. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.