For nearly a year, Farmers Union has been challenging the approach to the trade war and what a so-called win will look like. 

Vice President Bob Kuylen and I have spoken at numerous events about farmers and ranchers being pawns in a chess game of trade where it is likely a stalemate is the outcome. Many other farm leaders, lending institutions and politicians remain quiet.  Interestingly enough, the same silent people thank Farmers Union after events for taking a stand and saying what is necessary.

Farmers and ranchers: Enough is enough. Not getting a fair share of a food dollar in the wealthiest nation in the world is unacceptable. You are not alone in struggling with this financial crisis. Those who suggest they are fine are burning through equity that should not be at risk. This is an unsustainable situation. We cannot overproduce the market to solve what is truly a price and income issue. Even the current farm bill and crop insurance cannot protect us from this collapse of market prices.

I challenge each of you to avoid sitting in silence while stressed. It is time to take action to address the unfair pricing of our products and the lack of profit potential in food production while others profit at our expense. Call your congressional delegation (do not assume someone else will do it for you). Tell them we are tired of the lack of income for producing the highest quality, most inexpensive food in the world. A surplus of food is a good thing. We need economic disaster assistance now. 

Sen. John Hoeven………………(202) 224-2551  

Sen. Kevin Cramer……………..(202) 224-2043  

Rep. Kelly Armstrong…………..(202) 225-2611

– NDFU President Mark Watne