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...

WATNE: Good start on trade, but more to do

In the middle of January, President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He signed a “phase one” trade agreement between the United States and China in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. This is the first step toward resolving a trade war that has...

WATNE: For NDFU, it’s about finding solutions

In a year where family farmers and ranchers are living and experiencing many challenges, we need to be extremely innovative in finding solutions. We have focused on public dollars for disasters due to trade and extreme weather conditions. This is helping, but it’s...

WATNE: NDFU members are forward-thinking

Members of Farmers Union are the most forward-thinking and have the greatest forward awareness of all farmers and ranchers. A bold statement, but very true as the policies you select represent the future and represent the importance of maintaining our successful food...