From President Mark Watne

North Dakota Farmers Union

WATNE: Farm Bill requires collaboration

I tend to look at things optimistically. It is the best mindset for achieving goals, especially those that are difficult. As we approached the expiration of the 2018 Farm Bill and opportunity to write a new bill, I was optimistic it could happen in a timely manner....

WATNE: At NDFU, your voice is heard

I was recently in a conversation with a group of people discussing challenges and opportunities that exist today. It is always easy to think we are living in the toughest time ever and question our ability to find the best way for society to move forward. With that...

WATNE: NDFU app is an effective tool

Communication is key for any grassroots organization. At NDFU, we continue to adopt and adapt avenues to reach out to members, including communication by digital means. Digital communication is any computer-based technology for communicating, which includes personal...

WATNE: NFU Fly-in focusing on Farm Bill

North Dakota Farmers Union’s highest priority at this moment is the next farm bill, which expires Sept. 30. Work on the farm bill likely will not be completed by then, so an extension of the existing bill will be needed before a new farm bill can be crafted by the end...

WATNE: Take the time to educate consumers

In a recent conversation with a group of farmers, the dialogue centered around public perception and knowledge of ag production. The conversation wasn’t filled with research and data, but rather farmer perspectives. It is easy to generalize and hold up examples by a...

WATNE: Agriculture part of a global market

In late May, I attended both a World Farmers Organization and World Seed Partnership meeting in South Africa. Once again, they reinforced how challenges in agriculture worldwide are nearly similar in every country, only on a different scale. Whether we like it or not,...

WATNE: Look for more than one solution

It seems in today’s world that issues and challenges appear to have only one solution – a black and white scenario without any compromise or any look at middle ground. Many people in our society refuse to accept dialogue or information from other perspectives and, at...

WATNE: Co-ops an integral part of NDFU

North Dakota Farmers Union has been a strong advocate for cooperatives throughout the life of our organization. From the very beginning of the cooperative movement in our state, we have played a major role in establishing and developing cooperative businesses.   The...

WATNE: Consolidation hurts agriculture

In reflecting on food production and our supply channels, did we learn anything after the pandemic? Did we expose new challenges? Did we create new opportunities? Is our food supply chain functioning, as we want, or did we expose the fallacies in our system? These are...

WATNE: Ag is our primary economic driver

North Dakota Farmers Union financially participated in a study conducted by North Dakota State University on agriculture’s economic contribution to North Dakota.  The study reinforced the huge role agriculture plays in the state’s economy. The total economic...