WATNE: Participation essential to self-government

I was walking through a major hardware store several weeks ago. It is not unusual for someone to stop and talk to me about Farmers Union. This particular individual said, “Hey, you are that Farmers Union guy.” When I get this response there are many thoughts that race...

WATNE: NDFU restaurants back on track

Most of you are aware that NDFU and 200 members of Agraria have ownership in seven restaurants in the D.C. and Philadelphia area. As you can imagine, our restaurants are dealing with the same challenges restaurants across the nation are facing with COVID-19. Our...

WATNE: The vaccine helps us get back to normalcy

NDFU is an organization committed to strengthening opportunities and success for all citizens and people of the world. While we focus on family farm agriculture, we also include in our policy statements and action items our support for society in general. With nearly...

WATNE: NDFU announces virtual convention

In a normal (non-COVID) year, we would be talking about “meeting” season. The staff, board and I would be looking forward with excitement to seeing members at state convention. But not this year. This virus has disrupted our lives more than most of us ever imagined...

WATNE: Innovation needed in agriculture

Agriculture needs a number of innovative minds to recover from the challenges we face from trade issues, lack of commodity demand, a pandemic, and continued oversupply in the markets. Income success in agriculture for years has been based on producing more, even at...

WATNE: NDFU working toward goals

It is that time of year when we, as farmers, “reap the benefits” of our hard work. The harvest season is the time to see if our efforts will be rewarded, barring weather conditions that are out of our control. For NDFU, it is our year-end when we evaluate our...