From President Mark Watne

North Dakota Farmers Union

WATNE: Innovation needed in agriculture

Agriculture needs a number of innovative minds to recover from the challenges we face from trade issues, lack of commodity demand, a pandemic, and continued oversupply in the markets. Income success in agriculture for years has been based on producing more, even at...

WATNE: NDFU working toward goals

It is that time of year when we, as farmers, “reap the benefits” of our hard work. The harvest season is the time to see if our efforts will be rewarded, barring weather conditions that are out of our control. For NDFU, it is our year-end when we evaluate our...

WATNE: Farmers need market reform

The commodity harvest for grains and oilseeds is happening in North Dakota. It’s the time of year when we celebrate our hard work and hope to reap the benefits of a good harvest. Sadly, we are facing low commodity prices across the board that will limit profitability...

WATNE: NDFU works hard for all producers

Where’s the beef? This question originated from a Wendy’s commercial that was trendy a number of years ago. Consumers should be asking this same question now. Because ranchers have plenty of cattle to sell but consumers are unable to find meat in the store, and why is...

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...