From President Mark Watne

North Dakota Farmers Union

WATNE: About balance: A call for tax equity

Legislative priorities are always important to the future of our state and federal government. While it is easy to ignore the process of policy and law development, we should never give up the opportunity to participate and ensure our thoughts and ideas are...

WATNE: It’s been a busy year for NDFU

Our 92nd annual state convention recently concluded, and I want to thank all of our members for making it truly special. We had excellent attendance as our grassroots policy development was in action. We are a grassroots organization driven by member involvement and...

WATNE: NDFU fights for family farms

The greatest thing in a democracy is the ability to vote. It is somewhat relaxing when a political election season ends, and we move on to the work of the nation or state. I know some say they are glad when it is over. But for our farm organization, the ground work we...

WATNE: Vote for family farms on Nov. 6

Being a citizen of the United States comes with a certain amount of responsibility. We are the government, not some separate entity that we blame for things. Each of us has a responsibility to participate in our democracy so our elected officials, who determine the...

WATNE: Farmers need increased demand

I am writing this message from Washington, D.C., while on the NFU fly-in. I hope as you read this that we have a farm bill that is passed or nearly passed, as it is essential when we face ridiculously low commodity prices. I also hope that we have solved the trade...

WATNE: Farmers need to speak out

Harvest is coming with mixed messages this year. The crop looks good and yield expectations are satisfying. One would expect that farmers and ranchers would be happy.  But we are in the midst of storms that are beyond the control of family farmers and ranchers. Storms...

WATNE: Tariffs impacting family farms

We have entered a new era of trade dialogue. In fact, the tremendous amount of irony surrounding the trade debate (war) is so confusing, it is hard to understand the reality.   We have organizations that supported trade, at all costs, as the only solution to create...