North Dakota Farmers Union, the state’s largest farm organization, will kick off its 93rd annual state convention in Bismarck on Friday, Dec. 13, at the Bismarck Event Center. Highlighting the mix of educational speakers, entertainment and policy debate will be the giveaway of a Cub Cadet Challenger utility vehicle to one lucky convention-goer.

“We’re hoping field work will finally be done and folks can get to convention for some fun and relaxation,” said NDFU President Mark Watne. “It’s been a really stressful year.”

Farmers Union members will hear from Jay Debertin, president/CEO of CHS Inc., on Friday afternoon, while Tom Halverson, president/CEO of CoBank, will speak on Saturday morning. “Cooperatives play an important role in the financial success of our farms, ranches and rural communities,” said Watne. “To have the leaders of these two co-op powerhouses address our membership is very significant.”

Other speakers include Dr. Frayne Olson, NDSU crop economist/marketing specialist, National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson, and Josh Kramer, executive director of the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives, who will address 16 youths in the graduating class of Torchbearers.

Policy debate, election of officers, Farmers Union Insurance’s annual meeting, live and silent auctions, a youth convention, entertainment by Too Old To Stand and a Beatles tribute band round out the two-day celebration.

The convention is open to the public. A $70 registration fee is required ($50 early bird rate available before Dec. 5). To see a complete agenda and to register, go to or call 1-800-366-8331.