North Dakota Farmers Union, the state’s largest farm organization, kicks off its 97th annual state convention on Friday, Dec. 15, at the Bismarck Event Center. Ag education will be front and center at the convention through a series of breakout sessions focused on property taxes, the farm bill, Fairness for Farmers campaign, and farm income opportunities.

National Farmers Union President Rob Larew will address convention goers, as will Congressman Kelly Armstrong, Sen. John Hoeven, crop economist Dr. Frayne Olson and author/motivational speaker Alyson Van Hooser.

Members will also debate policy, set legislative priorities and elect officers (president, vice president and district directors). Agraria Mutual Group’s annual meeting, live and silent auctions, malt and pie contests, Torchbearer ceremony and live music by the band Too Old To Stand round out the two-day celebration. In addition, two lucky convention goers will have their name drawn for a $4,000 cash prize.

The convention is open to the public. A $70 registration fee is required ($50 early bird rate available until Dec. 2). A youth convention for kids in grades 1-6 also runs simultaneously both days.

To register or view the convention agenda, go to ndfu.org. Anyone registering through the new NDFU app will automatically be entered into a separate drawing for prizes. Search “NDFU,” “North Dakota Farmers Union” or “Farmers Union” in the Apple or Google Play store to download the app.