North Dakota Farmers Union President Mark Watne made the following statement on HB 1371, which would allow authorized livestock farm corporations and limited liability companies to operate in North Dakota.

“Last week, North Dakota Farmers Union secured major amendments to HB 1371. These amendments guarantee family farmer and rancher control of new animal feeding operations. The amended bill also limits the number of shareholders that can participate and requires these new entities to comply with the same enforcement requirements of family farm corporations.

“North Dakota Farmers Union has a neutral position on the amended bill and will continue to protect family farmer and rancher control of animal agriculture.”