From President Mark Watne

North Dakota Farmers Union

WATNE: NDFU continues to work for producers

Farming and ranching are never easy occupations, but generally they come with some rewards. Lately, the rewards have been very limited to nonexistent. In fact, we continue to set ourselves back in our financial condition to the point where it has become harder 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: 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...

WATNE: For ranchers, the time to act is now

It is not often when I write my president’s message that I call on cattle ranchers to step up and be part of the political process. That time has come, as we are debating and having dialogue on a number of issues of great concern to livestock markets and potential...

Value-added projects make a difference

Many times, in my president’s message, I have talked about the “Catch 22” farmers face in profitability. As we become more efficient and produce more per acre, we further grow the supply of our commodities in a market that has limited demand. This drives our prices...

WATNE: Farmers face a pricing dilemma

I spent the end of May and early June with farmers around the world. We all like to say that agriculture is a global market, but we forget that we, as farmers globally, are actually quite similar in our quest for profitable operations. We “compete” with farmers around...