WATNE: Farmers need market reform

The commodity harvest for grains and oilseeds is happening in North Dakota. It’s the time of year when we celebrate our hard work and hope to reap the benefits of a good harvest. Sadly, we are facing low commodity prices across the board that will limit profitability...

WATNE: NDFU works hard for all producers

Where’s the beef? This question originated from a Wendy’s commercial that was trendy a number of years ago. Consumers should be asking this same question now. Because ranchers have plenty of cattle to sell but consumers are unable to find meat in the store, and why is...

WATNE: NDFU continues to work for producers

Farming and ranching are never easy occupations, but generally they come with some rewards. Lately, the rewards have been very limited to nonexistent. In fact, we continue to set ourselves back in our financial condition to the point where it has become harder to...

WATNE: Farmers Union leads the way in agriculture

We are experiencing a new lifestyle with COVID-19. It has allowed time to reflect on what makes our organization successful. I am proud to say it is our commitment to the success of many, rather than a few, that sets us apart from most organizations. Our approach to...

WATNE: Finding balance between humans and tech

Agriculture has always had numerous outside impacts affecting its successes and challenges. Technology leads the list of impacts, both positive and negative, that have dramatically changed food production over a short period of time. I am certain at the speed at which...

WATNE: Overproduction is ag’s big problem

Serving the membership of North Dakota Farmers Union as president opens many doors to visit with leaders. I try very hard to communicate the opportunities and challenges that agriculture faces. I tend to be solution-based in my dialogue, as NDFU strives to enhance the...