North Dakota Farmers Union

All Things Media

Please direct all media inquiries and interview requests to
Pam Musland at or 701-952-2154.

Mark Watne, NDFU President



  • North Dakota Farmers Union is the largest general farm organization in the state of North Dakota. It was established in 1927.
  • The organization provides a network of educational programs, services and events that benefit farmers, ranchers and rural communities. Farmers Union works to enhance legislation that supports agriculture and the cooperative business model, and hosts youth camps in the summer that teach leadership skills to more than 1,100 youths. Additionally, the organization offers a full line of insurance products to members through Farmers Union Insurance.
  • NDFU officially has more than 50,000 member families, meaning each membership represents a family unit. So if the average size of a family is four people, NDFU has a membership count of over 200,000 people (more than a quarter of the state’s population).
  • Since 2006, NDFU has developed a network of farmer-owned restaurants in the Washington, D.C., area under the Founding Farmers moniker to grow consumer understanding of family farm agriculture.
  • Farmers Union is committed to the advancement of family farm and ranch agriculture and quality of life for people everywhere.
  • The cost of membership is $30 annually. Farmers Union members receive discounts at various businesses in state, nationally and online through the NDFU Member Benefits program.