Services & Programs

North Dakota Farmers Union

When you become a Farmers Union member, you benefit from a variety of services. NDFU offers training, consulting and education on a number of topics, including:

  • Cooperative education (function, history and relevance)
  • Current issues impacting agriculture and rural communities
  • Grassroots organizing and advocacy training
  • Policy development
  • Strategic planning (county and co-op boards)


You and your family also have the opportunity to be engaged in a variety of events and activities at the local and state level:

  • Youth camps and day classes
  • County conventions and county-sponsored activities
  • State convention and social gatherings
  • Policy development
  • Fly-in participation to Washington, D.C.
  • Bus tours in the U.S. and abroad
  • New member programs
  • Young producer activities
  • Women’s events

How to Get Involved at NDFU

Workshops and events

NDFU hosts many workshops and events each year like the Precision Ag conference in January and the Women in Leadership Development (WILD) gatherings. Check the online calendar for specific activities in your county and statewide or call us to get involved!

Grow to Lead

Grow to Lead is a leadership program North Dakota Farmers Union (NDFU) offered to farming and ranching members. The goal of the program is to cultivate active agriculture leaders within the organization and in communities across North Dakota. The sessions will focus on topics and trainings that involve the NDFU principles of education, legislation, and cooperation. In addition, participants will learn about diverse agriculture in the United States.

The program applicant must be an active producer and regular paid member in North Dakota Farmers Union. If not currently a member, you may sign up at Family membership dues are only $30 per year.

  • Applicant must be at least 21 years old.
  • Applicant who has served less than 10 years on a Farmers Union county or affiliated cooperative board are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants who are seeking leadership skills training and interested in North Dakota Farmers Union should apply. No previous experience in North Dakota Farmers Union is required. Participants who are interested in NDFU and want to learn all about it are encouraged to apply.
  • The program is limited to 15 participants.
  • $250 for 2021 activities and trainings; $250 for 2022 final trip
  • Payments are due Jan. 12, 2021.
  • Applications are due Dec. 28, 2020. 

Click here for the application. For more information, contact Amanda Olson at 701-251-8758 or

Community Stewards

The Community Stewards program encourages NDFU members to become active citizens within their community. The program allows participants to apply for a $500 donation to be made to a nonprofit organization within their community. Participants must host an event in conjunction with the donation of funds. For more information, contact Mary Mertens at 800-366-8331 ext. 130 or